Halloween in the Finger Lakes wouldn’t be complete without Americana Vineyards Winery's annual Hallo-wine Spooktacular. The winery has a frightfully entertaining evening planned for their guests on Saturday October 25, from 8:00pm until the clock strikes midnight.
“Every year we have a theme, and this year it's Pirates and Princesses,” announced Joe Gober, the winery’s charismatic owner. “High Seas Princesses. Well, only because we couldn't find a word for female pirates, but thats what we mean."
This annual event is in it's twelfth year and is a Finger Lakes tradition, drawing return guests from all over the Finger Lakes and as far as Rochester and Syracuse. "We've already been getting calls asking about the theme," explains Butch Newhart, the winery's Director. "People can't wait to start getting their costumes together."
While it's not mandatory to come in costume, most people do. And this year, there will be a costume contest with three categories: Best Guy Pirate, Best Gal Pirate and Peoples Choice, which doesn't have to fit under either of the other two categories. Winners will be selected around 10:30 and each will receive a gift basket of Americana Wine and other ghoulish goodies.
In addition to the eye-candy a great costume party creates, there will be the famous herd of pumpkins carved by the winery staff the week before the party. That night, dance music will be provided by Elephant Sound, who has deejayed the event for the past several years. And, as always, Crystal Lake Café will be providing fiendishly good treats, with the winery selling wine by the bottle or glass.
“The first glass is on us!” Joe points out.
Attendance is limited to 400 guests who must be 21 or over. Admission is just $15 per person, and $10 for wine industry employees and for the winery's Patriots Club members. People are strongly encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible or get their tickets in advance by calling 888-600-8067.
Joe invites everyone to come out, “If you've never been to this party, you're in for such a good time! And if you're coming for a second, third or even eleventh year, we're so excited to have you back!”