Annual Rush River Folk Festival Returns to Vino in the Valley

On Saturday, May 26, music fans and others who love outdoor events in Wisconsin will assemble in Maiden Rock for the 5th annual Rush River Folk Festival. All who attend will enjoy exquisitely prepared food, drinks, and live outdoor music in a lush river valley setting, from noon until sunset. This annual event is hosted by Vino and the Valley, a perfect place for friends and family to get away from it all close to home and enjoy music from an outdoor stage, tasty food and beverages, and the beautiful spring feel of a day outdoors at a premium location. There is no cover charge for admission to this event, which can be very helpful for families, couples, and groups of people who would like to explore the area for the first time.

The headlining musical act for Rush River 5 is Quinn Elizabeth, featuring the sister duo of Jerrika Mighelle and Elizabeth Stearns. A musical group with deep roots in the Eau Claire music scene, the beauty of their harmonies together is a perfect complement for their original and classic acoustic folk sound. Of the sisters, Jerrika remains the most active in the regional scene, touring to support her most recent CD release Like the Sea. Collectively, the musical sisters can be counted on to offer emotionally resonant and melodically beautiful music to their audience, with the quality of the vocals, lyrics, and acoustic guitar calling up the best in American folk traditions.

Musical virtuoso and regional favorite Michael Rambo leads off 2018 festival, bringing his talents to Vino in the Valley for the first time. Michael is well known regionally for his musical leadership and passionate performances for the CollECtive choir, a vocal and instrumental group that brings together elements of jazz, gospel, and soul music. Michael’s musical versatility is also on full display in his performances with the Shillelagh Lads, an Irish group that combines traditional acoustic instruments with energetic hand drums and a crowd-pleasing song selection. Michael is looking forward to presenting his music at Rush River in a solo context, providing an opportunity to feature original and familiar songs in a folk style.

Michael Rambo

The audience at Rush River will also enjoy a musical set by Davey J and Jen Hazen, a duo with an expansive playlist and a distinctive approach to acoustic folk performance. Davey J (David Jones) has performed for more than two decades in the Upper Midwest with musical combos that included Davey J and the Jones Tones, Davey J and Friends, Kingston Blue, and back in his Minneapolis years, the Parsley Brothers. He is also the founder and producer of the Rush River Folk Festival and greatly enjoys the opportunity to join other outstanding regional musicians to celebrate the wonderful musical scene of the Chippewa Valley. His duo partner, Jen Hazen, has a well-established reputation of her own from her performances in Weapons of Brass Destruction, Jenny and the Jets, and Davey J and Friends. Both Davey J and Jen are avid recording artists as well, with Jen’s 2018 release The Music Heals Project bringing together many Chippewa Valley musicians to contribute their talents to original music for a charitable cause. Davey J’s most recent CD release, Chippewa Love, demonstrates his skills across the genres of folk, blues, rock, and reggae, with his signature guitar and vocal style on display at every performance.

The lineup also features Larry Past and Al Julson, a well-established veteran folk duo that can be seen on stages across the Chippewa Valley and beyond. Their vast musical repertoire may include familiar folk and rock tunes as well as original compositions. Strong vocal harmonies and layered acoustic guitar are the hallmarks of their style on stage. The duo has a wonderful feel for the tone and mood of the audience, allowing them to create a distinctive musical experience that crosses genres and generations each time they perform.

With this lineup, Rush River 5 will provide an awesome day of entertainment for all who are interested. Please join us on Saturday, May 26, from noon to 9 pm, for an outstanding festival experience.

Celebrate Mom with Vino in the Valley

Moms…we love them, and heck, we wouldn’t be here without them. And, as we like to joke, we’re all the reason that they drink. So bring your mom down to Vino in the Valley to celebrate her day in a special way!

Join us Sunday, May 13, from 11 – 5pm (get your reservations in now for group of 10 or more… they’re going fast!). For Mom we’ve got free flowers, free chair massage, and free dessert!  Plus, we will have entertainment by local favorites, Colleen Raye and family, for all to enjoy!  Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any horse drawn wagon rides this year.  Avalon, the horse who helps us with the wagon rides is getting ready to become a mother herself!  She is due any day with her own baby!

Sounds like the makings of a great afternoon! Come on down, sip on a glass of wine, and enjoy some great fun and entertainment with Mom. She’ll love you for it!

Vino in the Valley hosts 9th Annual “Taste of Tuscany” Event

Once again we’re thrilled to be hosting the Ellsworth Community School District Foundation’s annual fundraising event, “Taste of Tuscany”. The event, which will be held at Vino in the Valley on Friday, June 1, 2018, supports the Foundation in their mission to enhance educational opportunities within our community using private revenues. In a time of ever-tightening budgets, supporting this great cause has become more important than ever.

Social Hour begins at 4:30pm with the event officially kicking off at 5:00pm. Attendees will enjoy the music of Don & Doreen, a wine tasting, silent auction, and of course, great wine and a delicious dinner buffet. Tickets are $35 and available at Vino in the Valley, Ellsworth School District Office, Nilssen’s Foods, and from Foundation board members.

We have some amazing items on the silent auction again this year!

  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatre Dinner and Show for 2
  • Klaas-Jonas Pool Party for 30
  • 2 Club Level Tickets Brewer’s Game, Pennant, Thames Bobble Head, Hat & Drink Wraps
  • 2 Tickets to Chicago
  • 2 Guthrie Theater Tickets
  • Fishing set, Double Hammock, Water Filter System, Insulated Bottle, Fish & Game Processing Kit, Scope

We not only wish to encourage you to purchase your tickets and attend this worthwhile event, but also want to be sure all our guests are aware that due to this event, general seating will not begin until 7:30pm on Friday, June 1. Our outdoor bar, Bella Sera, will be open beginning at 5:00 pm if guests would like to come down to enjoy some wine, music, wagon rides, and the grounds until seating begins; although you’re always welcome to purchase a ticket to the event on the spot and join us! Your help in spreading the word to your friends and neighbors is always appreciated. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you.