10th Annual Rush River Folk Festival at Vino in the Valley


Music fans and others who love outdoor events in Wisconsin will assemble in Maiden Rock for the 10th Annual Rush River Folk Festival at Vino in the Valley. For 10 years, a collaboration between Vino and the Valley and Davey J has been enjoyed by music fans in Western Wisconsin, Eastern Minnesota, and beyond! Taking place on September 2nd, 2023, check out this lineup!

12pm (noon) Vino in the Valley opens to guests:
Lucas Fischer and Billy Angell: 1 – 2:30 pm
Garden Party: 3 – 4:30 pm
Paul Lawrence and Lucas Fisher:  5 – 6:30 pm
Davey J and Jen Hazen: 7 – 8:30 pm

We enjoy hosting this event each year. As in the past you can count on great food, local and regional wines and craft beer, and some awesome musical vibes! The Rush River Folk Festival is the perfect event to bring summer to a close and kick off the last holiday weekend of the summer season.

There is no cover charge for admission. Families, couples, groups, and new visitors are all welcome to attend the event. You’ll find our facility is easily accessible by car or motorcycle, with plenty of parking.

Now, let us share about the musical talent featured at this year’s event…

Davey J Appears at the Rush River Folk Festival 2022The headlining musical act is Davey J (David Jones), the founder of the Rush River Folk Festival. Davey J (David Jones) is a well-loved veteran performer in Western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley, writing songs, leading bands, and performing live across our region for almost 25 years. Jen Hazen is Davey’s primary singing partner in the area, an energetic and experienced stage performer with Jenny and the Jets and Weapons of Brass Destruction, along with her great performances with Davey J. Songs will be featured from Davey’s most recent CD recording, 2020 Blue (2021), his hit CD Chippewa Love (2015), and other originals and well-known songs. Davey J and Jen Hazen give the crowd versatility and smooth, passionate delivery across the genres of folk, blues, rock, and reggae, driven by Davey J’s signature rhythmic style of acoustic-electric guitar.

Leading off the festival is Lucas Fischer and Billy Angell, both well-established musicians in Western Wisconsin. Lucas’s guitar and vocals are heard in several band projects he has led, including Rhythm Posse and Lucas and the Cool Hand Saints. He combines original songwriting with classic rock, blues, and Americana selections. Billy Angell is a keyboard player with a virtuoso style, heard in JT’s Party Band, Jenny and the Jets, and other stage performers in our region.  He is always in demand for session playing because of his skill in the genres of rock, blues, and jazz!

Garden Party Will Perform at the Rush River Folk Festival 2022At 3 pm, Garden Party will take the stage in their first appearance at Rush River. They are a trio who originally met as players in the Ukelele Club of Eau Claire, finding that their musical ties went deep. The members include Tom Lockhart on bass, Teresa Jolivette on ukulele, and Marjorie Cramer on guitar, with sweet harmonies blending with their tasteful acoustic sound. Folk, pop, and Americana are some of the genres you will hear in performances by this warm and polished acoustic combo.  As a relatively new musical combo around the Eau Claire area, Garden Party is now well established as one of the most tuneful acts you will hear in the Chippewa Valley music scene.

At 5 pm, blues and folk performer Paul Lawrence joins the Rush River lineup for the first time. Lucas Fischer will provide melodic support on acoustic and electric guitar. Paul is a Minnesota-based singer/songwriter from Minnesota. He plays original folk-country-blues with versatility and depth of feeling. He is recognized across the region for the quality of his performances, as mentioned in the media coverage below of his sound:

“Paul Lawrence has an earnestness and simplicity in his sound that is so refreshing! Moments come to life through his storytelling and you just want more.” – Jeni Holtan Grouws, 100.5 FM, KDEC, Decorah, IA


The 10th annual Rush River Folk Festival will provide an awesome day of music, food, and friends. Please join us on Saturday, September 2, from noon to dusk, for a free festival experience to be remembered.

Find more details on our website, follow the event on Facebook, and share with your friends!

Exciting News! All Inclusive Package Adventures!

We are thrilled to share a new partnership with our good friends from:

  • Margo+Lola
  • Prescott Luxury Transportation
  • Port of Prescott Hotel

Get ready to embark on a one-of-kind adventure. Four of Western Wisconsin’s leading businesses have united to create an all-inclusive experience that will redefine the way you explore the great outdoors. From luxurious transportation and exceptional hotel accommodations to an exclusive flyfishing adventure and mouthwatering gourmet cuisine, this partnership has a unique focus on delivering an unforgettable outdoor experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

Pack your bags for an incredible journey and get ready to discover a world of excitement and adventure! Call/text 715-600-2683 with questions, or visit their website HERE to see their list of packages and full details.

Red, White, and Blues at Vino in the Valley

Great wine, delicious food, and fireworks… Commemorate the Independence Day holiday by joining us for Red, White and Blues on Thursday, July 4. With extended hours – opening at noon!

Grab family and friends for a fun afternoon and evening in the valley. Take a tractor tour around the vineyard, enjoy a glass of wine or a beer on the patio, listen to music over a pasta dinner… Then grab your lawn chairs or blanket and settle in for the fireworks show after dusk! It’s a patriotic evening in the valley you won’t want to miss!

Serving up our full menu (plus, it’s Thursday Steak Night!). The last seating of the night will be at 9pm (our staff wants to take in the fireworks, too!).

Have a glass of wine on us! Join us from 12-2pm and get a free glass of wine or beer with an entree purchase. Cheers!

There’s no admission charge for our fireworks display. Sorry, no carry-on allowed on the grounds.

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.

Celebrate Mom with Vino in the Valley

Vino in the Valley - Celebrate MomMoms…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 10, from 12 – 6pm (get your reservations in now for group of 10 or more). For Mom we’ve got free flowers, free chair massage, and Free Flat Pennies Ice Cream Dessert! We’ll have wagon rides through the vineyard, and entertainment by local favorites, Colleen Raye and family (Trey, Reed, and maybe Jenny), for all to enjoy!

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!

Join us this Friday, July 4, for Fireworks!

Fireworks2 2014We’ve got big plans for a great Independence Day at Vino in the Valley this Friday. Plan to spend the day with us…

We’ve extended our hours for the holiday. Bella Sera, our patio bar, will open at 1pm, with the Pavilion opening for service at 3pm.

Join us for dinner. Chef Bryon has planned a special menu for the occasion: Red, White and Blue Pizza, Firecracker Shrimp Ravioli, and for the lighter appetites, a Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwich. All this in addition to our regular menu!

Enjoy live entertainment on the Gazebo stage. Tim Fast could be a character right out of one of the songs he writes and sings. He’s always in search of whatever song is over the next rise, and it’s that sense of adventure that has given him a catalog of great original songs that have touched audiences at Vino and the Valley and from coast to coast. You’ll become an instant fan!

Come for the fireworks. Once again, the fireworks will be conducted by Kenny and Chad Hines, who are well-known in the region for their spectacular shows. The display represents weeks of planning by Kenny and Chad, who wanted to bring you an even greater show than last year! They’ve pulled out all the stops for us, and will be bringing the latest and greatest in pyrotechnics for your viewing pleasure.

The show will start at dusk so bring your lawn chairs and blankets and watch the fireworks in the vineyard while enjoying a glass of wine or beer. We’ll also be offering brick oven pizzas to go, which you are welcome to enjoy on the grounds, as well as ice cream sundaes. We hope you’ll bring the entire family!

Stay up to date on the latest Vino in the Valley announcements via our Facebook page.

How many sips does it take to make it around the vineyard?

Logo 30 SipsThat’s a good question and while we’ve never actually tried it, we’re guessing 30. Which leads us to a very special tasting event taking place at Vino in the Valley on Saturday June 1, from 4-6pm.

You see, we’ve added 9 new wines and 6 new craft-style beers to the menu at Vino in the Valley this season. That’s a lot, and with such a new and expanded list of selections, it seemed logical to have an event that would allow you to sample them (and the rest of our wines and beers, too!).
During the “Around Vino in the Valley in 30 Sips” event, our distributors will be on hand to offer samples (yep, you guessed it, 30 of them) of select wines and beers, make recommendations based on your tastes, and answer your questions, too.

Simply purchase your tasting card at the bar ($5 gets you 10 tastings) and then head out to visit our distributors, who will have tables set up throughout the grounds. Feel free to be leisurely; there’s no hurry… Meander around the vineyard, enjoy a guided vineyard tour by tractor-drawn wagon, visit the gift-shop and farmer’s market vendors, or engage in a round of ladder golf.

Bring your group of fun friends; because wine and beer tasting is serious business, you know (ha!). And plan to stay for dinner! This is one very special tasting, and you won’t want to miss it!