10th Annual Grapes & Escapes 2020: Rhinestones and Wranglers

Saturday, February 1, 6-11pm

Clark State Performing  Arts Center

You are invited to join us as we pay homage to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry tradition with our 10th Annual Grapes & Escapes 2020Rhinestones and Wranglers, where we will tip our hat to honor Bradley Kincaid and family!

Bradley Kincaid is the biggest star in Springfield you’ve never heard of… a member of the Grand Ole Opry who sold over 400,000 songbooks and millions of records. He was one of the first Country music superstars (although he considered himself more of a folk singer) from the late 1920’s through 1950. He was “found” at Chicago radio station WLS (owned by Sears – World’s Largest Store) where he was invited to sing on their Saturday Night National Barn Dance and the rest is history. Bradley’s fan mail volume was legendary – At station WLS he received more than 100,000 fan letters a year and at WLW in Cincinnati he received 50,000 letters from his fans in his first 4 weeks. He had formed a partnership to own a radio station in Springfield, Ohio – WWSO – and in 1950 moved to town to run it and ultimately as most of us would know of his name, went to a local music store to buy a new case for his guitar and walked away owning what became Kincaid’s Music.  From his humble beginnings at the edge of the Cumberland Mountains in Kentucky to his time in Nashville, the Kentucky Mountain boy as he was known stayed true to his music roots and his genuine love of people and family.  Join us on February 1st at the SSO’s Rhinestones and Wranglers to hear more about Bradley and to honor his legacy in Springfield. Our friend and Bradley’s son, Jim Kincaid will be in attendance to help us celebrate.

Tickets: $95 per person

The event will begin with a reception in the lobby, followed by dinner on the Kuss stage with live music, a live auction, drinks and dancing.  All proceeds  will help support the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and its distinguished education and outreach programs including the Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus.

AUCTION ITEMS

Quintessential Charm
Situated on 142 pristine acres of rolling woodland and farmland with breathtaking vistas of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, The Murphin Ridge Inn is a tranquil bed & breakfast in Southern Ohio and is the ideal spot for quiet reflection or a romantic hideaway. A $25 Speedway gas card also included. (Not redeemable for cash. Weekends or Holidays) Special thanks to Cynthia and Paul Valente. Value: $300.00 Michigan’s Upper Peninsula The Grand Hotel, a historic resort that beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm; with spectacular views from a rocking chair overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan from the world’s longest porch. Package for Two includes 2-nights, between May 3 – June 27, or August 11- October 27, 2019, with a Sunday – Thursday arrival/departure pattern. Breakfast included and a $25 Speedway gas card. (Taxes, local assessment, and baggage handling charges not included and package is non-transferable/non-refundable).

Value: $1,300

Frequent Flyer

A certificate for two round-trip tickets on Delta Air Lines within the continental United States (Coach Class, 90 day advance purchase, expires February 1, 2021).

Value: $1000

Columbus Alive

Columbus offers a vibrant blend of arts and culture bursting with creativity, passion and inspiration. Recently included on the New York Time’s list of “52 Places to Visit in 2019”, this package provides you the opportunity to experience and explore our capital. Includes: Tickets to CAPA; CSO; BalletMet; Opera Columbus; Westerville Symphony Orchestra; Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra; the Columbus Museum of Art (most vouchers valid only for specific show thru February, March & April, 2020) and a dinner gift card for two donated by Dana Bennett!

Value $1000

“Hidden Haunted Gem” in Over the Rhine

The Symphony Hotel located in the historic Over the Rhine area welcomes you to Cincinnati with champagne upon arrival! The hotel was originally a 1871 mansion restored and transformed into a 9 room Boutique Hotel and Restaurant and is known to be haunted. Each room is themed after famous composers: Mozart, Mohler, Beethoven, Bach and more. Dine at the amazing Symphony Restaurant before attending a concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy the Symphony’s sophisticated bar and lounge while listening to live jazz music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. In addition to the hotel and symphony concert, this package also includes tickets to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Cincinnati Art Museum which includes impressive collections that span more than six centuries of art from all over the world. (Certificates expire January 2021) Special thanks to John and Daragh Wobbe.

Value: $1500

Timeless Treasure

Located amid the breathtaking mountains of West Virginia, the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulfur Springs, WV, is a National Historic landmark with fine dining, more than 55 activities, and the world’s only 5-star mineral spa. Your visit will consist of 2 nights and 3 days in a traditional room (based on availability). We have also included a $250 gift card so you can choose your own activities! See more at www.greenbrier.com. (Valid Feb 2, 2020 – Feb 2, 2021. Meals, incidentals, resort fee, preservation fee and taxes are not included)

Value: $1,350

Music City

Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights in one of the most vibrant cities in the country. The package includes a 2-night stay at a Marriott hotel and dinner for 2 at one of celebrity chef, Maneet Chauhan’s (as seen on the Food Network) local restaurants. Take in all the sight-seeing Lower Broad has to offer. With Nissan Stadium, Bridgestone Arena, Ryman Auditorium (Grand Ole Opry) and The Country Music Hall of Fame all in close proximity, entertainment options are limitless. Visit the Frist Art Museum, see the full-size replica of the Parthenon or the Cheekwood Mansion and Gardens built by the Maxwell House coffee fortune. A $25 Speedway gas card and two tickets to tour the Goo Goo Candy Factory are also included. Special thanks to John and Jill Landess.

Value: $800

Evening for Eight at Westcott

Did you know The Westcott House in Springfield is the only Prairie style house designed Frank Lloyd Wright in the state of Ohio? Come and experience the timeless design and beauty of the Westcott House while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and sipping wine with a group of friends. The evenings music will be provided by musicians of the Youth Symphony.

Value: $800

Heart of Nature

The Inn at Cedar Falls is ideal for a tranquil romantic getaway! Enjoy a two-night stay Sunday through Thursday for 2 adults in a charming cozy cottage with a gas log stove, in-room whirlpool tub, and a private deck nestled on two acres of Hocking Hills natural wooded beauty. The package includes a hearty breakfast in the restaurant each morning. A $25 Speedway gas card included. (Not valid during October or holiday stays. Taxes are due at checkout.)

Value: $525

Victorian-Themed Dinner in South Fountain Preservation District

Enjoy a progressive dinner in four different historic homes in the South Fountain neighborhood in Springfield. Up to 8 people will be treated to delectable Victorian-inspired dishes including canapes, soup and salad, main course and dessert. Wines or cordials will be served with each course. Enjoy the elegance of these early Springfield homes as you step back in time. Hosted by the Elder’s, Fett’s, Shepherd, Smith & Stanton. You and your guests may choose one of the following dates: July 18, July 19, August 8, August 9.

Value: $1200

Flavors of Italy

How many of us have dreamed of casting aside everyday life and running off to a villa in Tuscany to soak up perfect sun-dappled views while the wine flows and the pasta bowl never seems to empty? While we may not be able to do much about the lack of gorgeous vistas, the bold and satisfying dishes of Italian cuisine can be yours! Hosted at the home of chefs Mel Marsh and Rick Rutan. This dinner package serves 6 people.

Value: $600

Exploring the City That Never Sleeps!

Enjoy the most iconic city in the United States, New York. You will receive a $1,000 gift card to stay at a hotel of your choice, a $250 (Tao Group) dinner certificate, 2 tickets to New York Philharmonic, 2 tickets to the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, and 2 guest passes to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. So much to see and do…sleeping is optional!

Value: $1500

Take the Controls!

For all want-to-be pilots or daredevils out there! Here’s your chance to take control of a historic WWII aircraft. Referred to as “The Cradle of Heroes” you can bid for 3 certificates for a 30 minute (each) once-in-a-lifetime flight on a Fairchild PT-19. Presented by Butler County Warbirds. Rides are non-stop and can only accommodate one person at a time. There is no minimum or maximum age limit, however children or adults must be large enough to be held in securely by the seat belt and harness by themselves. Must be in good health. Appointments are required and scheduled on Saturday’s and Sunday’s – weather permitting. Special thanks to Nathan Hale.

Value: $325 per certificate

Cabin In The Woods!

Located in the heart of Mount Desert Island, “Cabin In The Woods” is the perfect Maine getaway. The property sits on 57 acres of protected land with exceptional panoramic views of Acadia National Park and 500 ft of frontage and a deep-water dock on Somes Sound which opens into the Atlantic Ocean. The island has hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails and offers mountain climbing, kayaking and lobster eating! . The cabin has 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (sleeps 15) so it’s wonderful for a large family or a group of friends. Cabin In The Woods is rented Friday to Friday. Special thanks to John and Jill Landess.

Value: $5,000

Starry, Starry Night!

Enjoy champagne while looking to the stars – take a guided tour of the heavens with nationally recognized Wittenberg professor, Dr. Daniel Fleisch. This evening of fun for up to 20 people takes place at Wittenberg University’s Planetarium and will trace the brightest constellations. Dr. Fleisch will fire up the big telescope for a close-up view of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, nebulae, double stars and globular clusters!

Value: $750

Kentucky Splendor

Behind its striking Georgian-Revival façade, The Brown Hotel is a blend of Old-World elegance and modern-day comfort. The hotel reflects the rich heritage and Southern gentility that have made Louisville a hot spot for bluegrass enthusiasts, bourbon drinkers and equestrians! This package includes a two-night stay at The Brown; two tickets to the Angel’s Envy Distillery; two tickets to Churchill Downs Museum and the Louisville Sluggers Museum. Plus a $25 Speedway gas card.

Value: $750

An Evening with Terry

Party at the Hatch with 12 of your closet friends! Celebrate a unique evening of pizza, wine and beer all while enjoying music by T.A. Van Auker, acoustic guitarist and vocalist. The laughter, back up singing, and great conversations provided by you. Special thanks to Terry Van Aucker.

Value: $1200

Underbelly Tours!

Did you know there’s a room beneath the Clark State Performing Arts Center’s stage, that few have seen or even know about? The mysterious underbelly of the Kuss Auditorium is filled with twists, turns, secrets and tales! Learn why a ghost light remains lit, when the stage is dark. And hear, firsthand, all of the untold stories from Clark State’s Technical Director, Dan Hunt. This private tour for up to six people promises adventure and includes wine, and 6 tickets to see Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert: Woodstock Edition! Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM. Dan Hunt’s schedule prohibits touring the Performing Arts Center on the same day as the production.

Value: $750

Brewery Tours In Style!

Spend an evening with friends exploring local breweries and distilleries. Meet at Mother Stewart’s Brewery where a limo (donated by Littleton & Rue) will take you in style to tour the Yellow Springs Brewery with the opportunity to sample their newest brews. Followed by a visit to Stillwright’s Distillery for a taste of their handcrafted small-batch spirits. Cursing next to New Carlisle to Indian Creek Distillery and Staley Rye Whiskey…a true American legacy. Last but not least, you will head back home to Mother Stewart’s Brewery to enjoy a final flight of samples or your favorite beer while munching on pizza. This package is for 6 people.

Value: $750

Family Fun in Indianapolis!

Far enough away to feel like you are going somewhere and yet not so far away to warrant “are we there yet?” This fun filled overnight trip allows 2 adults and 2 children to learn about animals and explore new adventures at the zoo. Then the next day experience the sights and sounds of the world’s biggest and best children’s museum, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis…or vice versa! Includes a $250 gift card to cover the hotel.

Value: $750

City of Bridges:

Did you know that Pittsburgh is known as the “City of Bridges” because it has 446 bridges which is more than Venice, Italy, or any other city in the world? Get to know even more of Pittsburgh while listening to their celebrated Symphony Orchestra. This 3 days, 2 nights package includes a $400 gift card for a hotel of your choice, 2 passes to the Andy Warhol Museum, 4 passes to the Senator John Heinz History Center & Sports Museum, also valid for the Fort Pitt Museum or Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. What is more you will receive 2 tickets to visit Fallingwater (listed among Smithsonian‘s “Life List of 28 places to visit before you die”) The Fallingwater house was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 and was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run inside the Bear Run Nature Reserve. By the time your visit is through, Pittsburgh will be on your list of favorite go to places!

Value: $800

For more information call 937-325-8100

Event Chair: John T. Landess