Painting Bluegrass: Artist To Paint The Bands During “Kickin’ Back at the Vineyard” May 10

April 14, 2008 (GOLDBORO, NC) – Goldsboro artist Brenda Behr has a thing about bluegrass bands. She likes to create paintings of them – while they’re playing. And that’s what she’s going to do with recording artists Kickin’ Grass when the band headlines “Kickin’ Back at the Vineyard,” an afternoon fundraiser to be held at the Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery in Pine Level, NC, on Saturday, May 10, 2008. The event will benefit the Bear Creek Center for people with disabilities in LaGrange.

“I have been looking for a venue in which to paint more performing bluegrass musicians,” said Behr, whose preferred medium is watercolor. She first painted bluegrass musicians at a Goldsboro event several years ago. Since then, “I’ve painted blues musicians for two consecutive years at the Fargo Blues Festival in Fargo, North Dakota,” she said. “The fans love it, and are very willing to pay on the spot for the watercolors.” Her work can be seen at the LaGrange Arts Council

Behr said she’s excited about helping to raise funds for the Bear Creek Center, a member of the not-for-profit RHA Howell Care Centers network, supports and educates 125 people with intellectual and physical disabilities, many of whom require roind-the-clock staff assistance for their daily living needs. Each person living there has an individual plan with specific goals to educate and develop skills so they can function with as much independence as possible. She will donate a portion of her profit from selling her watercolors at “Kickin’ Back at the Vineyard” to the Center.

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.” 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.

Hinnant Family Vineyards, located in Pine Level, will host the afternoon-long event. Other sponsors include WKIX (97.7 FM) of the Curtis Media Group, Southern Pharmacy Services, Frema Motors, Marcom Medical Consultants, the Kinston Indians, and Wilbur’s Barbeque.

Tickets ($20; children 12 and under free) are available now at the vineyard and online at http://www.rhahowell.org. More sponsorship opportunities, vendor sign-ups, and volunteer opportunities are available by contacting Debbie Valentine at 919-941-0530; dvalentine@rhanet.org. For directions to Hinnant Family Vineyards, visit http://www.hinnantvineyards.com.

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Gregory Poole Marine To Sponsor “Kickin’ Back At The Vineyard”

March 12, 2008 (BEAUFORT, NC) – Gregory Poole Marine of Beaufort, NC, has signed on to help sponsor “Kickin’ Back at the Vineyard,” an afternoon of live bluegrass music, wine tastings, arts and crafts and more at the Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level, NC, to benefit the Bear Creek Center for people with disabilities in LaGrange, NC. The event will take place Saturday, May 10, from noon to 6 p.m.

Gregory Poole Marine (www.gregorypoole.com), with branches in Beaufort, Wilmington and Wanchese, NC, is one of the largest Caterpillar® dealers for marine pleasure-craft engines in North America. Over the past 17 years, the company has seen remarkable growth as the company continues to expand into different aspects of marine service and sales, according to Michelle Emery, marine sales marketing associate.

“Gregory Poole Marine Power is very proud to sponsor RHA Howell Care Center’s ‘Kickin Back at the Vineyard’ fundraiser,” Emery said. “They have created a wonderful facility and a place where families can feel confident their loved ones are receiving the best care possible. Their commitment to helping those with disabilities offers a great public service to the community.”

Recording artists 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.” Kickin Grass will be joined by “Digger Foot” and the “Flat Mountain Dulcimers.”

The afternoon will also include an Arts & Crafts Fair featuring the work of North Caroline artists and craftspeople as well as 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 also sponsored by WKIX – Kix Country (97.7 FM), Southern Pharmacies, Frema Motors and the Hinnant Family Vineyards, which is the largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina.

Tickets, other 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.

Hinnant Family Vineyards is conveniently located just off I-95 and Highway 70 between Smithfield and Goldsboro.

Bear Creek Center is a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities lead meaningful lives. For more information visit http://www.rhahowell.org.

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