For a dozen years, Township 7 Vineyard and Winery has been a fixture in South Langley countryside (they also have a vineyard in the Okanagan), but some local residents have yet to explore the little growing tourism mecca.
Well, Mike Raffan and Lori Pike-Raffan are giving people even more reasons to explore their 16th Avenue winery, by hosting even more events this summer - most or all of them fundraisers of some sort.
"We've always felt quite connected to the community, and this year, we decided to focus even more on bringing the community in- and reaching out to even more charities," said Pike-Raffan.
Last weekend, for instance, while their wines were being showcased at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, they were hosting a two-day Western Roundup charity benefit that encouraged locals to explore their inner cowboy or cowgirl while helping the Langleybased Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation.
"It went pretty well. We had a nice turn out and some amazing musicians," Pike-Raffan said Wednesday, still waiting for attendance and donation numbers.
They're now gearing up for another charity event that spans two weekends. This weekend (July 20 and 21) will benefit Young Life Canada, and then the following weekend (July 27-28) partial proceeds will go to the Langley School District Foundation.
For these events, Township 7 invited Fighting Chance Productions' to bring their Broadway in the Vineyard show.
From the Sound of Music to Wicked, Gershwin to Sondheim and everything in between Broadway in the Vineyard will take guests on an 80-year trip through the greatest show hits and some unknown gems.
Featuring six of Vancouver's up-and-coming musical theatre talents, this production entertains vineyard visitors with stories, songs, and anecdotes from life upon the wicked stage, Pike-Raffan said.
"Produced and directed by Ryan Mooney, this exciting evening will leave you with a song in your heart," she added.
This production company was started five years ago by Mooney to give young theatre artists skills on a stage, where their age or experience does not limit them. Ultimately it's intended to help them gain on the job experience.
Admission is $20 per person for each of the evening productions. Reservations are required in advance at 604-532-1766.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the vineyard from 6: 30 p.m. on, with the show commencing at 7 p.m.
More information is also available online at www. township7.com.