The Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a motor coach tour of Illinois and Missouri wineries on Saturday, September 22. The cost is $30 per person, which covers transportation. Wine tastings and purchases, meals, and souvenirs are individual responsibilities. The tour is open to the public but there are only 25 seats still available.
Tour takers can reserve their seats by sending their checks, made payable to CAH Auxiliary (memo: Wine Tour), to: Becky Donaldson, 18358 Brushy Mound Road, Carlinville, IL 62626. Cash payments and credit card payments are not available for this event.
The itinerary for the Tour begins at the Carlinville Area Hospital, with departure at 9 a.m. The motor coach will arrive at the Chandler Hill Winery in Defiance, MO, around 11 a.m. It will leave at 3 p.m. and head to Grafton Winery in Grafton, IL. The coach will leave Grafton at 6 p.m. to return to the hospital in Carlinville at roughly 7:30.
"We're having a wine tour just for the fun of it," said Tour coordinator Becky Donaldson. "It's a chance for people to get out in the nice Fall weather, ride through the beautiful countryside in comfort, learn how a winery operates and, maybe best of all, sample some popular Midwest wines. There is no obligation to buy wines at any of the vineyards.
"There also is no obligation to join the Auxiliary, and there will be no ‘captive-audience' presentation to promote membership. Nor is this a fund-raiser for the Auxiliary. We just want to have fun.
"I urge people to act now. There are tickets available, but the deadline for payment is Wednesday, August 1." Anyone who has questions about the Tour can contact Donaldson at 217-556-4847.