Happy first day of summer! Here's hoping you'll be doing something especially summery today! Personally, I'm going to make a strawberry smoothie -- complete with little tiny umbrella -- and blow soap bubbles on my back patio. Don't forget it's also the longest day of the year so take advantage of all that light by enjoying some time outdoors.
But looking forward to the weekend, a theme has developed. Looks like we can call this weekend Wine Weekend since three local wineries are having events this weekend! Just a tip -- follow our local wineries on social media. In addition to wine festivals, they frequently have fun events of all kinds and a visit to a winery guarantees beautiful scenery.
Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas
Elisa Constantini, author of Italian Moms Spreading Their Art to Every Table, will be visiting and signing her cookbook from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Broad Mountain Vineyard, 596 Harman Road, Halifax
Vendors in the Vineyard will consists of 50 crafters, vendors and food trucks. There will also be live music. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, rain or shine.
Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, 1615 Panther Valley Road, Pine Grove (3 miles northwest of Friedensburg)
12th Annual Winebration will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Along with wine, and the ideal summer drink sangria, there will be fresh baked bread, cheese, food for sale and live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. On Saturday it will be Big & Bad Rockabilly Cats while Sunday the Crossroad Duo. You can bring a lawn chair but no alcoholic beverages -- come enjoy the Stone Mountain wines.