Wear your finest derby hat, bid on wine at Muscarelle

Jonathan Black
Contact Reporterjoblack@dailypress.com

Come in your finest derby attire for an afternoon of bidding and wine Saturday at the Muscarelle Museum of Art's Wine and Run for the Roses.

The museum's largest fundraiser includes auctions on wine, travel excursions and specialty dinners. Close to 750 bottles of donated wine are selected for the event, according to volunteer Mike Bowers.

"We get a lot of enthusiasm for the wine," he said. "We have a long list of people who, over seven years, who been supporters of the auction. When the call goes out to donate, they come forward."

Wine is donated from private citizens and wineries including the Charlottesville area's Barboursville Vineyards, Broad Run's Pearmund Cellars and the Williamsburg Winery.

Wine and Run for the Roses is in its seventh year and features returning items up for bid like a scotch dinner with Chef David Everett. Other items for auction include a two-night stay at the Hornsby House Bed and Breakfast, a trip to Tuscany and African safari.

Close to 350 people are expected to attend.

"We've been so fortunate because this event has grown every year," said Christina Carroll, senior associate director of the museum. "It is on a continued upward spiral."

Other festivities that day include a derby hat contest, a race raffle and giant screens to show the event.

Wine and Run for the Roses is from 2-7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $100.

The following day, the Muscarelle will host Bluegrass, Beer & BBQ in the 'Burg from 12:30-5 p.m. The event will have five styles of barbecue and two bands performing. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for kids ages 7 to 12 and free for children 6 and younger.

More info: muscarelle.org or 757-221-2700.

Tastes of Poquoson

More than 10 restaurants will offer meal deals and specials May 6-21 as part of Tastes of Poquoson.

Participating restaurants are El Rancho, The Poquoson Diner, Surf's Up, The Crabcake House, Scorpio's Deli, Bull Island BBQ, Anna's Pizza, Tropical Smoothie, Pelican's SnoBalls, The Corner Bistro and Mama Mia's.

More info: 757-868-5314.

Newport News bourbon awarded

Ironclad Distillery's bourbon received an award by the American Distillery Institute in April.

The Newport News distillery received a bronze medal for its first batch of bourbon. Ironclad's bourbon hit the shelves at Virginia ABC stores for the first time in October 2016.

Located in downtown Newport News, the distillery is in the process of opening a tasting room.

More info: ironcladdistillery.com.

Mariners' Craft Beer Festival

The Mariners' Museum will hold its fifth craft beer festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

More than 50 beers from 20 regional breweries will be available. The day includes live music, food trucks and the brewery cask-off competition, where guests vote for their favorite unfiltered ale. Tickets are $35 in advance and include 20 4-ounce tastings and a souvenir glass.

The museum is located at 100 Museum Drive in Newport News. More info: marinersmuseum.org or 757-596-2222.

Blues, Brews and BBQ

Chow down and relax from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in historic Yorktown next to the river.

Tickets are $35 at the gate and include unlimited samplings of more than 25 beers. Proceeds benefit the The York Foundation for Public Education.

More info: villageevents.org or 757-877-2933.

Spring Wine Festival

The Spring Wine Festival returns to Norfolk's Town Point Park this weekend.

More than 200 wines from Virginia wineries will be offered at the two-day festival. Hampton Roads participants include Williamsburg Winery, Norfolk's Mermaid Winery and New Kent County's Saude Creek Vineyards. Live music and food also will be on hand.

Tickets that include samples start around $30. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is held at Town Point Park along the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk.

More info: festevents.org.

Black can be reached by phone at 757-247-4607.

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