St. Aidan’s prepares for wine and art fest

An array of donated pieces of artwork, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates and other special events tickets is being prepared for the silent auction at St. Aidan's Wine Tasting, Music & Art Festival, which will take place on Sept. 21.

Preparations are underway for St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church’s major fundraiser of the year: the Wine Tasting, Art Walk & Music Festival. The event will take place on Sept. 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the church grounds overlooking Paradise Cove at 28211 Pacific Coast Highway.

Don McCrea, longtime church member and one of the hosts of the wine tasting, will celebrate the McCrea family’s 55-year tradition of fine wine-making with a selection of six wines from their Stoney Hill Vineyard of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The family of Don’s wife, JoAnn, is also connected to vintners through the Chateau Margene family of wines and their Cielo and Rosso blend of reds. The Beartrap Canyon Vineyard and Rusack Vineyards, among other local wineries, will present a variety of fine wines.

Youth group members will serve as waiters and pass around a selection of hors d’oeuvres and cheeses to the accompaniment of a pianist, guitarist, vocalist and other local musical jazz artists and groups.

An Art Walk is planned for local artists and parishioners to present their artwork. The items will include oils and watercolor paintings, crafts and weavings for sale as well as donated works of art from the walls, studios and closets of parishioners and members of the community. Donations are still being accepted.

A silent auction of gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates and other unique art objects and collectibles as well sports and concert tickets will be ongoing throughout the evening. The winners will be announced at the close of the auction.

Proceeds from the event will fund the St. Aidan’s AIDS luncheon program at County USC Hospital, Dorcas House, School on Wheels and the church youth group’s Sierra Service Project on Indian reservations. The tax-free ticket/donation of $25 per person can be purchased at the church by calling 310.457.7966 or 805.402.0709. There will be free parking and childcare with reservations.