A number of years ago, a man was sitting across the table from an incredible woman whom he would one day be lucky enough to call his wife. They were sharing wine and cautiously working their way through their first date. He wanted to impress her, to appear clever and enigmatic while not looking stupid- no easy task for him in the best of times. Witty conversation starters seemed to have abandoned the man so he grasped at the first thought that rolled through his fog filled head. He asked her, “What would be your idea of the perfect meal?” She looked at him without hesitation and replied “Red wine and chocolate, pasta if we needed something more substantial.” He surrendered all of his fears and concerns immediately and smiled. The couple has been blissfully married ever since.
Now, almost on the anniversary of the day these star-struck lovers met, comes Gopherwood’s Second Annual ‘A Night of Wine and Chocolate”. This evening of sinful decadence will be held on March 6th at 8 p.m. at the Wexford County Historical Museum in Cadillac. This will be a casual-dress affair to support the Wexford County Historical Society and Gopherwood’s attempts to bring good music at a reasonable price to the Mid-Michigan area. Michigan wines (whites as well as the glorious reds) will be served along with all-you-can-eat chocolate hors d’oeuvres, featuring locally-made chocolate deserts, truffles, cheesecakes, and more. The evening’s entertainment will be provided Tiyi Shippers of Lake Effect, Zach Bunce of the Detour Bluegrass Band, and Becca Shilt and Bruce Ling of Hawks and Owls – along with a pair of local step dancers.
Event-goers will walk away with full bellies, a Gopherwood Concerts wine glass, and memories of a pleasant fun-filled evening in Cadillac. They may also leave with a prize or two from the silent auction. Items up for auction will include local and regional musician’s CD’s and merchandise, baskets of locally made pottery and handmade soaps, a massage, a bike tune-up, a guitar or banjo lesson, and more. You will also be able to tour the museum and watch a continuous slide-show of old-time pictures of the Cadillac area while enjoying your treats.
Paul Brown, promotions director for Gopherwood Concerts, reminds us that it is important to support the arts in our communities: “In these days of where public funding of the arts is dwindling, it becomes more important that we as a society support the arts when we can. With the money raised from “A Night of Wine and Chocolate” we can continue to provide high-quality musical entertainment to the greater Cadillac area.” Gopherwood Concerts is teaming up with the Wexford County Historical Society to host this event, and both non-profits will share the event’s proceeds. The tickets will be $35, twenty of which is considered a donation (thus is tax deductible). Tickets may be bought at Toy Town in Cadillac or by calling 231-775-2813. For additional information call or visit the Gopherwood web site at www.gopherwoodconcerts.org.