“Kickin Grass” To Headline “Kickin’ Back at the Vineyard” Benefit for Bear Creek Center

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February 29, 2008 (LAGRANGE, NC) — Live bluegrass by “Kickin Grass,” wine tastings, arts and crafts, plenty of food, raffles, games and door prizes – all will be part of “Kickin’ Back at the Vineyard,” a fundraiser to be held at the Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery on Saturday, May 10, 2008, to benefit the Bear Creek Center for people with disabilities in LaGrange.

Hinnant Family Vineyards, located in Pine Level, will host an afternoon-long event that promises to appeal to anyone who enjoys bluegrass music, fine wine, good food and more within the natural beauty of a working wine vineyard, according to Debbie Valentine, events planner for Bear Creek Center. The vineyards are also conveniently located just off I-95 and Highway 70 between Smithfield and Goldsboro.

Kickin Grass (www.kickingrass.com) will headline the musical part of the day. Billed as “contemporary Carolina bluegrass with traditional roots,” the band has produced two CDs: “Backroads” and “On The Short Rows.” Dave Higgs of Bluegrass Breakdown on Nashville Public Radio said, “The band picks with power and authority and the vocals are sung with passion and grace. And, best of all, along the way, the band has forged its own unique sound. The original tunes are just stellar.”

More live music will be provided by “Digger Foot” and the “Flat Mountain Dulcimers.”

Festivities will begin at noon and continue through 6 p.m. An Arts & Crafts Fair will feature the work of North Caroline artists and craftspeople along with other made-in-North-Carolina products. A live auction is also being planned, including a chance to bid on a collection of antiques. The winery will offer tastings of some of its award-winning wines. Other vendors will be on hand to provide an assortment of food.

“Kickin’ Back at the Vineyard” is sponsored by WKIX – Kix Country (97.7 FM), Southern Pharmacies, Fema Motors and the Hinnant Family Vineyards, which is the largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina.

Tickets, more sponsorship opportunities and vendor sign-ups are available now. Contact Debbie Valentine at 919-941-0530; dvalentine@rhanet.org. For directions to Hinnant Family Vineyards, visit http://www.hinnantvineyards.com.

Bear Creek Center is a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities lead meaningful lives.

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