By Kim Wade/SMN
The event stretches across three venues on the island and features international wines, fine food and live music. All proceeds benefit the historic theater.
And while the festival is celebrating nine years, Melissa Turner, executive director of Tybee Post Theater, says this is the first time they have been able to actually host an event inside the theater.
“We have a couple of the same events we have every year that folks look forward to … like the dinner at [Tybee Island] Social Club and the Grand Wine Tasting. But we have a new event this year since we can finally host something at the Tybee Post Theater and it’s an Italian wine tasting.”
She says the Viva Italia! event, set for 7-10 p.m. May 5, will allow guests to meet up under the tent to sample great Italian wines with light Italian hors d’oeuvres before heading inside the theater to enjoy internationally renowned vocal band, Poperazzi. The band features George DeMott, Cody Shawn Gay and soprano Janien Valentine.
According to Turner, the band is reuniting just for this show on Tybee and this is the first time for them to perform in the area. They will also have an encore performance at 8 p.m. May 6, which will feature popular songs from “opera to rock” with tunes from Pavarotti, Jersey Boys, Sinatra and The Rolling Stones. Turner says their performances are high energy and a lot of fun.
The festival will kick off with the Art of Pairing event at 6:30 p.m. May 4 at Tybee Island Social Club. The event begins with a champagne reception and the multi-course wine tasting dinner features a full menu of carefully curated items paired with wines selected by Sommelier Thaddeus Miller.
May 6 will also feature the Grand Wine Tasting at Tybee Island Light Station from 3-6 p.m. VIP tickets are available to this year’s event and Turner says those tickets are going fast and will probably sell out.
The Grand Wine Tasting features more than 100 international wines and samplings from the menus of some of Tybee’s most popular restaurants.
Turner says it’s a great day to bring your chair and blanket and stretch out and listen to great music.
“It’s always a great weekend here on Tybee with the festival and the Tour of Homes. It’s all timed so people can enjoy a little of everything offered on the island, which is great.”
IF YOU GO
What: Tybee Wine Festival
When: May 4-6
The Art of Pairing
6:30-9 p.m. May 4; Tybee Island Social Club, 1311 Butler Ave.; $95
Viva l’Italia! with Poperazzi
7-10 p.m. May 5; Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.; $50
Grand Wine Tasting
3-6 p.m. May 6; Tybee Island Light Station, 30 Meddin Drive; $60 or $90 VIP
8 p.m. May 6; Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.; $25