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The Fourth Annual Wine, Chocolate & Cheese fund-raiser was held at the Lincoln County Museum in late February, which turned out a record number of supporters for the shelter.
“We had a wonderful group of people who enjoyed the food, wine and especially the entertainment, said Sharon Dunkin, president of the Humane Society. The Blue Velvet Group highlighted the evening with the great sounds of jazz and instrumental music, with help from Bob and Bartie Scott. We even had a few folks kicking up their heels, which made the evening even more fun!
“Our theme this year was to utilize as much locally produced food and wine and to help support folks in our area,” she continued, “The cheese was donated by Humble Heart Farms in Elkmont, Ala., the chocolate from Nina’s in Lynchburg, and we showcased a red and white wine from Picker’s Creek in Lewisburg.”
“I never realized this winery in Marshall County is so close to Fayetteville, said Cindy Kite of the Humane Society. “When we went to the facility for a tasting to choose the varieties, we met the owners, Phil and Lydia George, and found out that all the wines they produce come from grapes grown in Tennessee. The winery is in a beautiful area of Lewisburg and on weekends, guests can bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery while listing to local live entertainment. The couple’s rescue dog Bella, who is featured on their Three Dog White label, is usually there to greet you on the front porch.”
The chocolate from Nina’s Taste of Tennessee is handmade in Lynchburg by Linda and Johnny at their business on the square.
“This is the third time we have chosen their products because they are so delicious and the folks are just wonderful to work with”, said Leanne Haynes, board member of the Humane Society. “Linda accommodates us by making specialty items, and everything is always so tasty and appealing.”
The goat cheese from Humble Heart Farms was made in Elkmont by Paul Spell and family. The goat milk is produced on their farm, and you can tell a difference in the freshness and quality of their handmade artisanal cheeses.
There were also a wide variety of silent auction items donated by many folks in the community, ranging from Titans tickets to antique furniture. The many folks contributing to the evening include, but are not limited to, Absolute Nails, Blue Velvet Band, Brenda Ables, Bagley & Bagley, Bank Of Lincoln County, Joseph & Mimi Bomar, Bonnie Cowan, Janie Denis, Carter’s Drugstore, Joe & Sharon Dunkin, Dr. Stephanie Gafford, John Karby Edward Jones, Edz Wingz, The Elk Valley Times, Farrar Tire, Fayetteville Fitness, First National Bank, Doug & Geri Gray, Mark Gray, Brooke & Amy Grubb, Leanne Haynes, Jim & Rachael Harwell, Higgins Funeral Home, Patricia Hopper, Humble Heart Creamery, Ivy Wreath, Jack Daniels, Steve Jones, K-9 Designs, Karma Bakeria, Carl & Laura Kinkle, Eugenia Lancaster, Jack & Kitty Marsh, Melody McCoy, Kathie Moffett, Margaret Nell & Randy Fowler, Nina’s Taste of TN, Picker’s Creek Winery, Donna Pregeant, Pritchard’s Rum, Judy Renegar Cakes, Jeanie Roles-Walter, Bob & Bartie Scott, Angel Byrd of SunSpa, Kim Ottley of SunSpa, Eda & Billie Tabor, Suzanne Wager, Michael & Paula Whisenant, Whole Food Farmacy, and Linda Williams.