Grand Island Vineyards would like to invite you and your family to join them in celebrating their one-year anniversary. They are throwing a free weekend long party on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 at their beautiful 128-acre vineyard and tasting room in Walnut Grove. Grand Island Vineyards is a family-run winery. The family has been growing wine grapes in the area for the past 45 years and they purchased the vineyard in Walnut Grove in 1996. The family has been working on developing the winery for the past 10 years, and they have an impressive facility and grounds to show for it, which can be booked for weddings and special events. Grand Island Vineyards currently offers at least six different white wines, a red wine blend and a rosé. The party will go from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with live music featuring Midtown Jazz, Gage Courtios, Sharp Clan, Sly Fox and Raksha Paksha. There will also be a classic car show, kite flying, catering, gourmet food trucks and more, including a variety of family games and activities. This event is free to the public and is open to all ages. Find out more at

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #239 (May 8 – 22, 2017)**

    Haley Teichert

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    Haley is a musician who plays in local bands Toy Traps and Chat Room. She also hosts a radio show called "Garlic Party" on KVMRx. She has been contributing to Submerge since 2016.