I have the good fortune of making friends who happen to have cool jobs. My friends from my grad school days opened a winery about 5 years ago. Its Prairie Fire Winery located on I-70 west of Topeka. They make all their wine from only Kansas grown grapes. And last weekend they hosted a grape harvest event and I scored a ticket! Thought I would share a few photos from the event. Salud!
Despite a rather persistent and pesky sinus infection I dragged my butt out to the reschedule Woolfest 2017 in Wamego, KS. For those not aware this is where the Wizard of Oz is celebrated here in Kansas and there is even a museum! It’s very cheerful…
But I digress, Woolfest was originally supposed to be earlier in the month but an ice storm that didn’t actually happen in our area saw it postponed. It must have been the yarn fumes, but this is the only photo I managed to snap of the actual event. The inside was just so full of vendors, people and yarny things that I forgot to take anymore.
I think I will save my purchased goodies for a separate post. Our household budget is currently running very lean so I restrained myself. On top of, A LOT of the vendors featured either spinning fiber or alpaca yarn and fiber. While I love to look and pet all those lovelies they are not in my craft wheelhouse right now so it was easy to resist. Upside? I learned that there are a TON of alpaca ranches in Kansas and Missouri, lol.
After my jaunt through the fair I had a flash of brilliance. I grabbed some lovely BBQ yummies from a cafe next door and headed down I-70 about 5 miles to my friends winery, Prairie Fire Winery. I settled in with my takeout and a glass of hot mulled red wine.
Pretty soon the tasting room was filling up quickly so I bundled myself up and walked the property. I had the privilege of helping to plant some of these vines. The Flint Hills really are gorgeous all year round. Oooh…I even saw a juvenile bald eagle soaring above the grasslands stalking it’s lunch!
All in all, it was a much needed mom-free day that was very restorative for both my spirit and my mind. I got to play with yarny goods and have a lovely glass of vino. Stay tuned for tomorrow to see my purchases from Woolfest!