What is summer without a party? And what’s a party without great food, fine wine and fantastic entertainment? Add in some of the region’s finest artisans and examples of their work, and you have the season’s biggest social gathering.
Summer Solstice, a celebration of fine art, music, wine and food benefiting the
Millard Sheets Gallery Foundation, promises to be the event of the year. Honoring the longest day of the year, it will be an evening not long forgotten.
The event, scheduled for Thursday, June 19 at the Millard Sheets Gallery, will be the first opportunity for the public to taste the “best of class” wines of the prestigious 2003 L.A. County Fair Wines of the World competition, which is held in May. Wine experts will pour wines and offer guests little known facts about the vintages. Every wine has a story, and this is a great chance to hear how it gets from vine to bottle.
Local restaurants will present their finest culinary delights for guests to sample. Scheduled to participate are Cask n’ Cleaver, C&C Concessions, Brasserie Austuce, Dr. Bob’s Ice Cream, The Local Baker, Sheraton Suites Fairplex, Spaggi’s, Sycamore Inn, Tutti Mangia and The Wedding Cake. Food will be served from 6 to 9 p.m.
Summer Solstice will also be host to a fine art crafts sale and the American Ceramic Society – Design Chapter President’s Show. Artists in attendance will show and sell select pieces of jewelry, glass, ceramics and wood. Among the artists are Christine Brashers (polymer clay), Michael Crook (wood), Denise Ford (clay), Howard Lewin (turned wood), Lana Merhaut (glass), Kevin Nguyen (clay), Marilee Nielsen (jewelry), and Nikolai Ossipov (carved wood).
An exciting addition to Summer Solstice is the “street party” that takes the fun outside later in the evening. The sounds of popular local band The Ravelers will beckon guests to the dance floor on Redwood Street from 8 to 10 p.m., the perfect place for dancing under the stars while enjoying a glass of wine.