Fall Arts Festival 2011 Just Around the Corner

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The “Taste of the Tetons” offers just that – a chance to sample fine cuisine from Jackson’s incredible chefs and eateries, but there’s even more to satisfy a wide range of tastes at the Rotary Supper Club’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction on Sunday, September 11, 2011, from noon until 5 p.m.

Whether you’re looking for a merlot, a pinot, or a zinfandel, the choices will be plentiful under the huge Rotary tent on the north side of the Town Square when local and regional wine purveyors provide a variety of vintages for this fundraising event.  Participants may purchase a commemorative wine glass for $5 and tasting tickets for $1 apiece, and then spend the afternoon sampling and selecting favorites.

But the wine is just one part of the experience!  There’s also an opportunity to bid on a multitude of unique excursions, collectibles, services, meals and more at the auction.  Featured items will include a winter weekend stay for two at Triangle X Ranch, a head mount of a Wyoming pronghorn buck, a Swarovski set of silver and diamond earrings and bracelet, a week in New Orleans at Hotel de la Monnaie, a hand-tooled copper sculpted mirror by Michael Grey Wolves Garvin and Wanda Jones, golf and snowmobile outings, dinners, fine art and photography.  It’s a shoppers delight and all for a worthy cause.

The wine tasting and auction is the club’s major fundraiser of the year, providing funding to help rebuild the elk antler arches on the Town Square and support the Chamber’s year-round marketing efforts.  Proceeds are also disbursed back into the community through the Supper Club’s Charitable Foundation to fund reading and literacy programs and the new Children’s Museum, support the local high school Interact Club’s international service projects, and support the locally-run Trailblazer Foundation's work to build water wells in rural Cambodia.  Additionally, the event allows the club to support Rotary International’s continuing work to eradicate polio worldwide and carry out other humanitarian projects.

 “When we first partnered with the Chamber six years ago,” said Patty McDonald, Supper Club President, “we thought it would be great fun to have a fundraiser during the Fall Arts Festival.  Little did we know then that we’d be establishing a signature event that would continue to grow in popularity each year and serve as a springboard for other ventures, such as WinterFest, which our club initiated this past February – an event that has great potential to stimulate winter tourism.”

So whether you are a wine aficionado, shopper extraordinaire, humanitarian, or just looking for a place to mingle and have fun on a beautiful fall afternoon, check out the "big white tent" at the Taste of the Tetons on September 11 for something to satisfy all cravings.