Mark your calendars for the fun musical and sipping events at the Ste. Chapelle Winery at 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell. The Father’s Day Concert on Sunday, June 19, will present the favorite local High Street Band as the featured performers from 1 to 4 p.m. Winery gates will open at 11 a.m.
There will be food vendors, a bounce house for the little ones, and picnic lunches are welcome. It is requested that no outside alcohol be brought, but, of course, the famous Ste. Chapelle wines will be available.
The cost is $10 for members of the Friends of the Vineyard’s exclusive wine club; $12 for guests.
Winery After Hours, from 6 to 9 p.m., will be every fourth Friday. On June 24, the featured music will be by Addam Chavarria and his folk rock/reggae sounds. The tickets to this event include your first glass of wine.
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On Sunday, June 26, the Summer Concert Series will present the popular winemaker Maureen Johnson for an exclusive tasting experience on the tasting room deck before the concert. She promises to give the “inside scoop” on her winemaking secrets. The concert will offer music by Ian McFeron.
The tasting charge for club members is $30; general admission is $35. This includes a souvenir glass and light appetizers. For reservations: www.universe.com, and search: Summer Concert Series.
Tickets for the concert only are $10 for members and $12 for guests. Free for ages16 and under.
GHOST TOWN COMES TO LIFE FOR CUSTER DAY
The 18th annual historic Custer Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, near Sunbeam, 45 miles southwest of Challis.
According to Jennie Van Campen from Nampa, the president elect of the Land of the Yankee Fork Association, the public is invited to enjoy crafts, music by the Gem State Fiddlers and dramatic presentations. There will be demonstrations of Dutch oven cooking (and samples), homemade ice cream, butter churning and gold panning lessons. Exciting shoot-outs by the Rattlesnake Stations from Boise, tours of the Schoolhouse Museum and a saloon gift shop will also be featured. You can shop for souvenirs, cards, books, candies, drinks and old-fashioned food.
The association’s Newsletter Editor Blanche-Laura Herrick said the major gold strike happened on Jordan Creek in 1870. By 1871 there were 50 miners at Custer, and the rush to Yankee Fork started in 1876. Since you cannot drive to Custer, visitors should park near the Yankee Fork Dredge, the second largest dredge in Idaho. From there a free bus will shuttle folks to Custer and back.
To reach Custer, turn off Idaho 75 at Sunbeam. Follow Forest Service Road 3 along the river for 12 miles.
GOD AND COUNTRY FAMILY FESTIVAL, FIREWORKS PLANNED
The annual non-denominational celebration, featuring the Treasure Valley’s largest fireworks show, will take place on Wednesday, June 29, with a night of family-friendly fun, music, Christian bands, military appreciation elements, civic awards, food and fellowship.
The event is free. Doors open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 6 in the Ford Idaho Center. You may bring low-backed lawn chairs or blankets. Neither food nor beverages are allowed. Food vendors will be available.
Danny Gokey from American Idol will be the headline artist. Andrew Palau, who has shared the Gospel with millions of people around the world, will speak.
Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org.