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Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival Adapts to 2020

Last Updated on Aug 31, 2020 at 4:06pm | Tourism & Recreation

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. From Staff Reports. Submitted Photo.
A weekend at the Suites at Silver Tree is just one of the items packaged in one of five raffle prizes.The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival committee is working on this year’s version of the popular festival, even with the COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.
To keep the festival in the minds and hearts of its many patrons, HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival will hold a “Wine & Weekend” raffle. The five prizes offered include lodging, dinners, outdoor activities and two tickets to the 2021 Art & Wine Festival. Each prize is valued at more than $1,000.
Activities include a fly-fishing lesson and guide, rounds of golf at three local courses, a ski package, and pontoon boat rental — with lodging and gift cards to local restaurants.
Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold until Sept. 30 at $100 each, which includes a $10 discount to the 2021 festival.
The Art & Wine Festival, now in its 16th year, is the top fundraiser for both HART and GLAF, raising over $30,000 for each organization.
“The ‘Wine & Weekend Raffle’ will be a way to keep the festival in the minds of our patrons while providing much-needed funds for our worthy organizations,” says Mary Callis, executive director of GLAF. “GLAF performances, for the most part, have been canceled, and these funds will ensure a 2021 season which transcends COVID.”
Combined, the festival provides a total of $60,000 each year toward GLAF’s and HART’s missions.
“The cost to house one animal in our Adoption Wing averages $450 per month. The Art & Wine Festival allows us to assess, provide behavior modification, feed, shelter, and provide veterinary assistance to our once-homeless animals,” said Paula Yudelevit, executive director for HART.
Sponsors of the “Wine & Weekend Raffle include McHenry Beverage, Solnet, Taylor-Made Vacations, Taco Bell and First United Bank.
“Wine & Weekend” prize package details and raffle tickets are available through Sept. 30 at