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Silvertop Farm & Vineyards to Host the Blessing of the Vines and Fiesta of the Vines
By Tourism Industry Partner
Silvertop Farm & Vineyards will hold its second annual Blessing of the Vines on Saturday, April 30th at 6:00 pm in its vineyard located at 6151 W. Fountain Road, southwest of Ponca City. The blessing will be attended by the Silvertop Farm & Vineyards Knights of the Vine. The event is free and open to the public.
The centuries-old European ceremony is performed to ensure robust vines and savory grapes. This tradition made its way to the “New World” in the area known today as El Paso, where Spanish missionaries planted vineyards for ceremonial wines and blessed them. The blessing asks for God’s grace upon the vines and the fruit it produces and for God to keep the workers of the vineyard safe and healthy as they tend to the vines.
The blessing that was performed over 400 years ago is similar to the ceremony that will be followed at the Silvertop. “We are excited to continue this tradition in our own Oklahoma wine-producing region,” stated Mary Steichen, co-owner of Silvertop.
In connection with the Blessing of the Vines event, Silvertop Farm & Vineyards will also host the second annual Fiesta of the Vines to be held at 7:00 pm in the “Aqua Shed” located at 6151 W. Fountain Road. Mariachi Lopez of Oklahoma City will provide happy hour music and entertainment. A $25 ticket, available from the Pioneer Woman Museum, includes an “all you can eat” buffet dinner with three meats (plus Silvertop lamb), 15 salads, four hot vegetables, rolls, cobblers, ice cream, beer, wine, tea, and coffee. Live dinner entertainment will be provided by Evan Michaels of Stillwater. A silent and live auction benefiting the Pioneer Woman Museum will also be held during the event, with Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson serving as the auctioneer.
Board members of the Pioneer Woman Museum will be visiting with area businesses to ask for donations. Any member of the community who wishes to donate an auction item or service to benefit the Pioneer Woman Museum should call Jean Winchester, Director of the Pioneer Woman Museum, at 580.765.6108.
For more information about the Blessing of the Vines and Fiesta of the Vines, contact the Silvertop at 580.765.3727.