Vineyard, Fairgrounds Set To Toast The Weekend

Posted: June 19, 2014

Daily News-Record

While Blue Stone’s Toast the Weekend is typically held at the vineyard, anticipation of a larger crowd pushed organizers to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. (Photo Courtesy of Blue Stone Vineyard)

Among the staff at Bridgewater’s Bluestone Vineyard, the love of great music comes second only to the love of great wine.

“We’re a very musical group around here,” remarked Lee Hartman, general manager and winemaker. “Our vineyard manager is a classically trained saxophone player [and] many of the rest of us play [instruments], as well.”

On June 27 — as part of the vineyard’s on-going concert series, dubbed “Toast the Weekend” — Mike Davis will perform at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds from 6:30-10 p.m., followed by a five-minute firework celebration.

Davis, a local singer and acoustic guitar player, will be covering hits from the 1960s through to modern day.

According to Hartman, Davis is a “one-man show.”

“He’s a heck of a performer and an easy guy to work with,” praised Hartman. “He always draws a great crowd and I’ve never seen the guy stressed out. He’s very gracious to all the fans.”

Typically, the concert series is held at the vineyard, but Hartman says this installment has been moved to the fairgrounds in anticipation of a larger crowd.

“We felt like we could work with the people coming to visit us more efficiently,” he explained, pointing out that the fairgrounds have more space for people to park and picnic.

Hartman encourages those attending to bring blankets and lawn chairs, and adds that food and wine will be available for purchase.

Overall, Hartman says the concert series has been extremely successful, and he is pleased it has helped locals become more familiar with the vineyard.

“It’s a great way to get people to come out and see the farm and see what we do, know the crew and have a real nice evening here.”

The $10 ticket price includes a souvenir glass. Tickets will be available at the door, or may be purchased in advance.

Picnic tables must be reserved in advance. Call 828-0099 or visit

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