2nd annual ‘Uncorked… in the Rock River Valley’

The 2nd annual “Uncorked… in the Rock River Valley” is a different kind of festival dedicated to sampling the “finer things in Rockford.” “Uncorked… in the Rock River Valley” will be at Davis Park from 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 26. Proceeds benefit the River District and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome of Illinois.

This one-day festival will feature an exciting array of sights, sounds and tastes, including domestic and international wines, specialty beers (including Rockford’s own Carlyle Brewing Co. of 215 E. State St.), locally owned gourmet restaurants, art and live music. A diverse line-up of music acts include Harlan Jefferson, Mark Willer, Dan Voll Combo Loco, Nicholas Gunn and Melissa Ramsey.

“Uncorked” will raise funds to support the work of the River District, a not-for-profit organization supporting the commercial and cultural revival of downtown Rockford. SIDS Alliance of Illinois, a non-profit organization serving area families who have lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, will also receive a portion of the proceeds.

For information regarding sponsorship or vendor opportunities to help support this effort, contact Megan Gallagher at (815) 978-3407, via e-mail at megan@uncorkedrockford.com, or check out the Web site at www.uncorkedrockford.com. Tickets will be available at all MetroCentre outlets and Bergner’s for only $9 in advance and $12 at the gate. Admission includes five free tastings ($5 value).

Volunteers needed

The River District needs your help to staff various areas of this exciting downtown festival.

WHAT: The 2nd Annual Uncorked…in the Rock River Valley is a different kind of festival dedicated to sampling the finer things in Rockford, with an exciting array of sights, sounds, and tastes. Featured are:

n Domestic and international wines and specialty beers.

n Locally-owned restaurants—Irish Rose, Rockford Chophouse, Grazie, and Singapore Grill.

n Art for sale from local artists.

n Live music—Harlan Jefferson, Mark Willer, Dan Voll Combo Loco, Nicholas Gunn, and Melissa Ramsey.

n Proceeds—River District Association and SIDS Alliance of Illinois (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

nCheck out the Web site at www.uncorkedrockford.com.

WHEN: Saturday, July 26 – 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Davis Park—downtown Rockford (at Wyman and Chestnut streets, and flanked by the Rock River).

FREEBIES: Free admission—a $9-$12 value. Free drink card for five free tastings or two sodas—a $5 value.

TRAINING: Friday, July 25, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. in Davis Park. Not mandatory, but very helpful.

HOW TO SIGN-UP: Listed below are the work areas needed. Please contact Bea Miller at 962-2540 or at bazjkm2@aol.com and include the following requested information. You will then be contacted for selecting a specific shift.

n Admissions/Gate-taking pre-sold tickets, selling tickets, checking IDs, attaching wristbands, handstamping

n VIP parking monitor VIP parking area, confirm VIP badges, directing others to where they can park

n Wine & beer tasting—knowledge of wine and/or beer is helpful

n Selling food & beverage tickets

n Serving wine & beer by the glass / serving coke and bottled water

n Artist assistance-helping artists with sales

For information, contact Kim Wheeler, executive director, River District Association at 964-6221; fax 963-8716; e-mail: kimriverdistrict@aol.com or www.riverdistrict.com .

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