The Winery at Marjim Manor is going all out to mark the business's 10th anniversary. In addition to an August 2 celebration it plans to keep the festivities going for the rest of the year in one form or another, according to today's announcement.
The Niagara County winery has designated 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 2, as its official anniversary event. Wine specials will include the formal debut of its "Once Upon a Time" sparkling apple wine. Custode and Parisi Jazz will provide live music, and guests are being encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters from the Marjim Manor's ongoing ghost story. It has a local reputation as a haunted house and has been featured on the television series "Ghost Hunters" and on the Travel Channel series "Most Terrifying Places in America."
Refreshments will be provided by Two Sisters Catering.
Tickets, priced at $20 per person, are available online at or by calling the winery at 716-778-7001. Admission at the door the day of the event is $25. Refreshments will be provided by Two Sisters Catering.
As far as continuing the special events, a variety of specials is on the schedule. On August 10, anyone mentioning the winery's anniversary will receive a free wine tasting. On September 10, owner Margo Sue Bittner's birthday, free cupcakes will be given to visitors. On October 10, during "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" -- Bittner is a breast cancer survivor -- a special wine glass will be handed out to each visitor. Extras will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. November and December events will be announced at a later date.
The Winery at Marjim Manor is located at 7171 East Lake Road (Route 18) in Appleton. The main building was built in 1854 by Shubal Scudder Merritt. Bittner purchased it in 2003 as headquarters for a fruit winery. She also rents out rooms for parties and receptions. The facility is a member of the Niagara Wine Trail, a promotional organization of 19 wineries and one cidery.