The annual Vine Village wine auction and fund-raiser was held Friday night at the Chardonnay Golf Course in Napa. It was one of those feel-good events that left everyone with a smile on their face.
This low-key affair brings together a wide range of people, including some of Napa's top winemakers, who want to help Vine Village—a community of people with developmental disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome—help itself.
Some of the people who reside on this 25-acre farm in Carneros, surrounded by vineyards, have lived there for 25 years. Residents can grow their own vegetables and make their own wine on the property. They can also take part in various arts programs and recreational activities.
In addition to a wine auction, the annual event offers an art show called “Outsider Art,” featuring works created without regard to the mainstream art world’s recognition, marketplace or definitions (hence the name). Many of the residents who make the art are quite talented, and some of the paintings this year were brilliant.
The event raised more than $100,000 for Vine Village.
For years I’ve enjoyed going to the annual art open house at the ranch. It's heart-warming to see this diverse mix of residents showcase their abilities amid a loving audience of family and friends who appreciate how important communities like Vine Village are to all of us. It’s people living and sharing a dream.
Michael Myette — Sacramento, CA USA — August 14, 2007 1:24am ET
Steve Shelton — Yuba City, Ca. — August 15, 2007 2:12am ET
Hugh L Sutherland Jr-m — miramar beach, fl — August 15, 2007 9:55am ET
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