Rose Center hosts strawberry event
Besides sharing the same lush red color, strawberries and roses just seem to go together as they did for one of the WCRK/WMTN Morristown Strawberry Festival’s kickoff events, Strawberries and Wine at the Rose.
Several people came in and out of Rose Center’s Prater Hall on Friday evening after sampling a bevy of desserts and a cheese table.
Two of the Lakeway Area’s vineyards Sprout Spring Estates in Blaine and Nolichucky Vineyard in Russellville provided samples of wine from their latest harvests.
Sprout Springs had samplings of its riesling and chardonnay while Nolichucky Vineyard had samplings of its Goodness (concord), Stupendous (steuben) and Tremendous (traminette) wines named after the grapes used to make them.
Both vineyards are open for wine tastings and host events like weddings and other special occasions on their premises. For more information on both vineyards visit www.fourriverswinetrail.com.
Several vendors also were set along the corners of the hall including artist Robert Spirko with his unique antiquities and personal made paintings.
The Chocolate Ladies were a crowd favorite with samples of chocolate covered strawberries and other delectable dishes.
The festival will continue with events today with the Strawberry Festival Bridal Extravaganza at Nolichucky Vineyard. For more information, contact Jillian at the Grape Barn 423-312-6755.
On Monday, May 5 Goodwill Industries store, 2812 W Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown, will host the Strawberry Festival Recycle Mania from 4-7 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to take computer related electronics, clothing and household goods donations (Just a reminder no car seats, strollers, cribs, high chairs or TVs).
The inaugural Strawberry Festival Corn hole Tournament will be held at Fred Miller Park on Tuesday, May 6 starting at 6 p.m.
Contact Jennifer at 423-586-0260 for entry and more information.
The Strawberry Festival Dinner will be at Nolichucky Vineyard on Wednesday, May 7. For more information, contact Jillian at the Grape Barn 423-312-6755.
Strawberry Jam in the Park will return to Fred Miller Park on Thursday, May 8 with the Billy Crawford Band (Blues) sponsored by the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition. The concert will be in the amphitheater at 6:30 p.m.
The inaugural Strawberry Shake 5K Run and 3K Walk will be held at Wayne Hansard Park on Saturday, May 10.
The race benefits Stepping Out, Inc. and Friends of Hospice.
Check-in time will be from 8 to 8:30 a.m. for the run and 8:30 to 9 a.m. for the 3K walk. Jogging strollers will be allowed.
Top place prizes will be given in the male and female categories for the 5K run. All runners will receive a medal.
For more information, contact Stepping Out, Inc 423-318-0999, Friends of Hospice 423-586-5284 or WCRK/WMTN 423-586-9101 ext. 115.
The Morristown Strawberry Festival will be on Saturday, May 10 at 510 West Economy Road on the grounds of the WCRK/WMTN Studios.
The festival includes activities for the whole family including music throughout the day, a Kiddie Korner, arts and crafts booths and several food vendors.
The Goodwill Family fest Fire and Rescue Challenge will return from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The festival will end with a concert by Rodney Dillard and the Lonesome River Band and fireworks presented by MUS Fibernet at Cherokee Park.
Tickets for the concert are available at www.cherokeeparktn.com. Gates open for the show at 5 p.m.
For more information on all the Strawberry Festival events and activities, visit www.morristownstrawberryfestival.com.
-By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer