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Elma Chamber 7th Annual Wine & Seafood Festival

Vidette File Photo Dana Madsen of Madsen Famiily Cellars LLC in Olympia, pours water to clean out Julia Citto’s wine glass before sampling at the 2013 Wine & Seafood Festival. It’s the third time Citto has visited the festival, which is “way better this year,” though the location was a bit further than the original location at the fairgrounds in Elma. It’s the fourth time that Madsen had participated in the festival, proclaiming the new location as quiet enough to speak to the customers about the wines.Buy Photo
Vidette File Photo Dana Madsen of Madsen Famiily Cellars LLC in Olympia, pours water to clean out Julia Citto’s wine glass before sampling at the 2013 Wine & Seafood Festival. It’s the third time Citto has visited the festival, which is “way better this year,” though the location was a bit further than the original location at the fairgrounds in Elma. It’s the fourth time that Madsen had participated in the festival, proclaiming the new location as quiet enough to speak to the customers about the wines.
Vidette File Photo Kevin and MarLissa Sytsma of Olympia listen intently to winemaker Rich LiRosa of Marchetti Wines at the 2013 Wine & Seafood Festival Sea. LiRosa is a former teacher turned winemaker, specializing in red wines with no sulfites or chemicals added.Buy Photo
Vidette File Photo Kevin and MarLissa Sytsma of Olympia listen intently to winemaker Rich LiRosa of Marchetti Wines at the 2013 Wine & Seafood Festival Sea. LiRosa is a former teacher turned winemaker, specializing in red wines with no sulfites or chemicals added.

Up to 25 wineries are expected at the seventh annual Wine & Seafood Festival this Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Satsop Business Park, 100 Technology Way.

The event, hosted by the Elma Chamber of Commerce, will include wine tasting, a beer garden, wine sales, food booths, gift and merchandise booths and live entertainment throughout the day. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m. Pre-sale package admission includes entry, a keepsake wine glass and six tasting tickets for $17. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Pre-sale is available through the end of the day on Jan. 16 at Aberdeen Honda, Whitneys Chevrolet; Liquor & the Like and the Guesthouse Inn in Elma, Les Schwab Tire centers in Elma, west Olympia and Centralia. You can also charge by phone through the chamber at (360) 482-3055. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

“It’s a fun time. It will brighten your winter up. That’s for sure,” said Debbie Adolphsen of the Elma Chamber, noting that between 2,500 and 3,000 people have attended the event the past few years. In previous years, it has been held at the county fairgrounds.

The festival also features multiple food booths, offering seafood and other coastal cuisine, gift and merchandise booths and a big silent auction with great local items.

“This is our biggest event by far,” said Adolphsen. “It takes the most work and most preparation. We use 60 volunteers working in two shifts.”

Entertainment kicks off at 1 p.m. with the Elma High School Jazz Band. They are followed at 2 p.m. by The Olson Brothers Band. The Olson Brothers were recently announced as finalists in the Nashville Country Showdown songwriting contest. From 4 to 6 p.m. the bluesy Kim Archer Band will perform. At 6:30, local favorites the Hat Trick Band will finish out the day performing favorites until 8:30 p.m.

Guesthouse Inn & Suites is offering special-rate rooms for $59 (plus tax) for overnight lodging. Ride the Aberdeen Honda free shuttle service — from stops in Elma at the visitors center and Guesthouse Inn & Suites to and from the festival beginning at 1 p.m. and running until until 9 p.m. The Elma RV Park is also offering discounts for wine-tasting RVers.

The festival is sponsored by Aberdeen Honda, Guesthouse Inn & Suites, the City of Elma and Grays Harbor Tourism, LeMay Enterprises and Aberdeen Office Supply.

For more information visit www.elmachamber.org.

Entertainment Schedule

1 to 1:45 p.m. — ELMA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND: The band is composed of 17 students who have auditioned to earn their place in the band.

2 to 3:30 p.m. — OLSON BROS BAND: The Texaco Country Showdown Songwriting contest crowned a new national champion on Nov 25 and it was the The Olson Brothers The brothers, Isaac and Luke, composed the winning song

“Sunrise” together last summer. They are the sons of Montesano attorneys Steve Olson and Kris Zabriskie. The brothers have won the national song-writing contest, which includes a $5,000 cash prize and a trip to Nashville later this month, where they will be introduced at the Texaco Country Live Showdown in Nashville and they will get to consult with professionals in the music industry.

4 to 6 p.m. — KIM ARCHER BAND: The Kim Archer Band is known for its signature blend of old-school soul and

funk, classic rock, sultry blues and ballads. Vocalist and guitar-player Kim Archer combines natural vocal talent and a commanding stage presence. Kim Archer’s music follows in the footsteps of great female singer/songwriters like Joan Armatrading, Melissa Ethridge and Bonnie Raitt. She’s also a master at re-inventing iconic covers, where she conjures up a whole new vibe on vintage hits so that they sound fresh and wonderfully different from the original.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — HAT TRICK BAND: The Hat Trick Band consists of four very talented and professional musicians with more than 120 years of collective experience entertaining audiences of all sizes. Each member comes from a diverse musical background which lends to the band’s flavorful mix of sonic goodness and fun. Hat Trick Band plays a mix of Rock & Roll from the 1950s through the ’80s and an occasional country song here and there. They also play a few of their original songs.

Wineries list

Bateaux Cellars Toledo Coyote Canyon Winery Prosser

Cranberry Road Winery Westport

Elegante’ Cellars Walla Walla

Ginkgo Forest Winery Mattawa, WA

HarMony Wines Castle Rock

Heymann Whinery Centralia

Hoodsport Winery Hoodsport

Knipprath Cellars Spokane

Madsen Family Cellars Lacey

Marchetti Wines Olympia

Masquarade Wine Co, Bellingham

Mill Lane Winery Tenino

Mt. St. Helens Cellars Silverlake

Northwest Mountain Winery Olympia

Olympic Cellars Winery Olympic Peninsula

Scatter Creek Winery Tenino

Stina’s Cellars Lakewood

Stottle Winery Lacey

Waving Tree Winery Goldendale

Westport Winery Aberdeen