Work by artist Emily Neel on display during last year’s Arts on the Green Festival hosted by the community of Ross Bridge. This year’s event is scheduled for October 13.
On October 13, the community of Ross Bridge will host Uncorked! on the Green, a free craft beer and wine tasting event benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. Featuring more than 50 microbrews and a dozen wines, Uncorked! has become a popular Hoover tradition that hosted more than 6,000 attendees last year.
Held in conjunction with the seventh annual Arts and Music on the Green, a juried art festival, Uncorked! offers live music on two stages, a sampling of featured menu items from local restaurants and a kid’s activities area.
“Uncorked! On The Green was originally developed to boost attendance and enhance the atmosphere of Arts & Music on the Green,” said Audrey Alverson-Stowe, events director for Classic Events, which manages the show.
“We had no idea how well received this great tasting event would be. There are several other ‘tasting’ events that have high prices for participation. The popularity of this event has helped solidify the fact that event goers are looking for great events that are free.”To help connect local patrons with all that Hoover has to offer, Classic Events collaborates with the Hoover Arts Alliance and the City of Hoover to bring in locally sourced bands to the live music stages and also to recruit local restaurants, Hoover City School art program participants and local business owners.
True to the spirit of the event, Alverson-Stowe recalled the memory of one patron from the inaugural Uncorked! event.
“At the very first Uncorked! on The Green, the ground was saturated from rain the day before. With the huge crowd that came out, the lawn area became quite muddy. We thought we would lose that crowd for sure. But, the crowd grew even larger as people just went and grabbed their rain boots and stayed the entire day. I heard many people on their cells calling their friends to encourage them to come. One year later, I had a guest tell me that his family still had their muddy boots in their carport as a true testament to how much fun they had at Uncorked! Fortunately, we haven’t had to have quite that much fun again.”
Alverson-Stowe cited two more solid reasons to step away from the siren call of college football Saturdays – benefitting the Breast Cancer Foundation and learning what a “Naked Pig,” “Laughing Skull” and “Buffalo Breath” are.
Visit uncorkedonthegreen.com for more information.