At Pop a Cork wine festival, raise a glass to raise funds

August 14, 2013|By MARIE GILBERT |
  • The Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa., hosts the fifth annual Pop a Cork for the Capitol on Saturday, Aug. 17. Seven Pennsylvania wineries will offer samples and sell bottles, including one winery from the Chambersburg area.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Walk into any wine store and the shelves will be filled with award-winning brand names from around the world.

But over the past few years, local wineries have been making the case that their bottles deserve a place at the table, too.

Cellar-worthy reds? Crisp whites and flavorful roses?

They can be found practically in your own backyard.

Serious sippers and novices alike will have an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of local winemakers’ labor when the fifth annual Pop a Cork for the Capitol wine festival is held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at The Capitol Theatre Center.

The evening of grape expectations will feature wines from seven Pennsylvania wineries, food, live music and vendors. Proceeds will benefit The Capitol Theatre.

The idea for a wine-tasting fundraiser came five years ago from Ann Wagner, chairwoman of the Pop a Cork planning committee and head of the Capitol Theatre Center Foundation Board.

Wagner had attended similar events and “the relaxed atmosphere and general good times at wine festivals was something I thought we should try,” she said. “It also could bring to the theater many people who had never been there before.”

The first Pop a Cork featured five wineries and has grown this year to include seven.

“We’ve kept this number because of space restraints and also, we want the wineries to do well, which they do,” she said.

Since the first festival, Wagner said attendance has continued to grow “and we expect this year to be no different.”

Last year’s event raised about $6,000, she noted.

“The funds go to whatever we need,” Wagner said. “With the upkeep of the theater, including the original 1927 building, there is always a project, such as the water heater we just replaced this week.”

According to organizers, the event will be held rain or shine and will take place both inside and outside the Capitol Theatre Center in downtown Chambersburg.

 Wineries scheduled to be at the event are Allegro Winery and Vineyards of Brogue; High Rock Winery in Hanover; Tamanend Winery of Lancaster; Benigna’s Creek Vineyard and Winery of Klingerstown; Tuscarora Mountain Winery of Chambersburg; Naylor Wine Cellars of Stewartstown; and Sand Castle Winery in Erwinna.

Outside live music will feature The Negley Brothers, an acoustic duo from Shippensburg, Pa., who will perform music from a variety of genres from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; The Drew Adams Project, a rock band from Waynesboro, Pa., who will play from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and River Knot, a soul, blues, funk and R&B band from Hagerstown, who will be on stage from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

The event also will feature food vendors and artisan items for sale.

If you go ...       

WHAT: Fifth annual Pop a Cork for the Capitol wine festival, benefiting The Capitol Theatre Center

WHEN: Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St. in downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Advance tickets are $14; at the door, $17; $7 for designated drivers and ages 20 and younger. Everyone must show ID to consume alcohol.

CONTACT: For tickets, go to or call the box office at 717-263-0202 today or Friday, Aug. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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