This year marks twenty for Avoca Museum’s Annual Harvest Jubilee and Wine Festival. The festival is Saturday, September 28, 2019 on the grounds of Avoca from noon to 6 pm, with a rain date of October 5. The Annual Harvest Jubilee and Wine Festival is second only to Uncle Billy’s Day in popularity, making it Altavista’s second largest social event.
The event will feature six, local wineries: Rebec Winery, Hunt’s Vineyard, Bright Meadow Farms, Tomahawk Mill Vineyard and Winery, The Homeplace Vineyard, and Sans Soucy Vineyards. “Proceeds will support and preserve our cultural and historical treasures here at Avoca,” said Executive Director of Avoca Museum Michael Hudson. The wine-tasting and a keepsake glass are included in the ticket price, and participants may buy bottles of wine from the wineries featured.
Food will be available for purchase, as will domestic beer. “Volunteers who are amazing bakers” will be providing the annual bake sale, noted Avoca’s Events/Volunteer Coordinator Seisha S. Cunningham. There will also be food trucks and other food vendors. Carnival sweet treats, such as funnel cakes, will be offered, and there will be Hibachi style Japanese food. Carter’s Store will be selling wagyu beef hamburgers, chicken salad sandwiches, and other favorites. “Wagyu beef originates in Japan, and it makes for an excellent hamburger,” said Hudson.
“There are a wide range of activities for guests, and the festival is family friendly,” described Cunningham. Tours of the mansion will be offered. Local artisans will be selling wares. Avoca’s gift shop will be open as well.
Lori Johnson Walker from KD Country will emcee. There will be acoustic Americana and soul by Southwest Virginia band Barefoot West; Jodie Davis on acoustic guitar; and The Low, Low Chariot, country musicians.
Children may enjoy the grounds, visit an adult-supervised bounce house, check out library books from the pop-up library hosted by Campbell County Public Libraries, and enjoy illusions with Dryden the Magician from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Cunningham noted that Avoca’s volunteers “have been eager to jump in when I need some help.” The volunteers “have been open with how things were done in the past,” and Cunningham truly appreciates that. One of her volunteers is Theresa Boyes, who previously held the job Cunningham now fills. “Theresa has been a tremendous help. I appreciate her guidance, feedback, and experience,” said Cunningham.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 cash at the gate, which includes the wine-tasting. There are non-tasting tickets available for ages 12 and older for $10. Again, the event is family friendly, and a ticket for children ages 6 to 11 is just $5. Children ages 5 and under may attend free of charge. Advance tickets are available at Bank of the James, First National Bank, the Altavista Chamber of Commerce, Miller’s Jewelry, Airabella’s Flowers and Gifts, Avoca, and Avocamuseum.org/wine.
Please bring cash and photo identification, such as a driver’s permit. Tickets purchased online will be available at a “will call” table at the event’s gate, where cash only will be exchanged. There are no ATMs on the property. No pets, please. Also, no outside food or drink.