Summer Event Bring Locals Joy at Moonrise Winery
by Tracie Crenshaw
Nestled south of downtown Watervliet off of M140, Moonrise Winery offers wine made from locally-grown grapes. Marvelous views on a patio overlooking its vineyards provide a relaxing ambiance for the bi-weekly live music events.
On the first and third Fridays each month, residents (and visitors) can enjoy live music on the patio and local culinary flare with a food truck.
The first event occurred on May 6, where Tim Just Tim performed despite dreary weather conditions. Because of the rain, the stage moved inside the tasting room, delighting folks of all ages. He played a combination of 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s rock music on his acoustic guitar. During his rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”, song sheets were handed out to the patrons and everyone sang along – some even cutting a rug and dancing to the music.
Steps from the front door, Holy Smokers BBQ truck livened people’s taste buds with delicious offerings like brisket, pulled chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a BBQ sundae – which even looked like its ice cream counterpart.
Moonrise offers a variety of white, red, and rose wines and is open Fridays through Sunday. Join the fun with a glass of mango-passion fruit sangria during one of the next live music events.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events at Moonrise:
|May 20||Evelyn Mae’s BBQ||Michael Lowe|
|June 3||T.B.A.||Dan Geib|
|June 17||La Chula||Soul Survivor|
|July 1||Taste Budz||Taylor and Jordan|
|July 15||La Chula||Tim Just Tim|
|August 5||Evelyn Mae’s BBQ||Tim Just Tim|
|August 19||Taste Budz||Michael Lowe|
|September 2||Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ||Soul Survivor|
About Moonrise Winery: As the first winery and tasting room to open up in Bainbridge township, we at Moonrise LLC are excited to offer our Lake Michigan Shores and Estate wines. We are a small family winery owned and operated by Tom and Karen Zabadal. Stop by to taste our thirteen wines made with love, patience, and passion.
- Fridays & Saturdays ~ Noon – 8pm
- Sundays ~ Noon – 5pm