Listening to jazz and drinking wine have become some of man's top recreational activities, just after contemplating infinity and napping in the fridge. Let smooth saxophones entertain you with this Groupon to the Spring Jazz Festival at Elk Run Vineyards in Mt. Airy on June 9 and 10, from noon to 5 p.m. Choose between two options:
- For $22, you get two tickets and one bottle of sangria (a $45 value).
- For $44, you get four tickets and two bottles of sangria (a $90 value).
Underneath the same big, country sky that blankets Frederick County's dairy farms and horse ranches, Elk Run Vineyards' Spring Jazz Festival erupts into a tuneful celebration of Maryland Wine Week, as festival-goers propose toasts with award-winning varietals and lend their ears to acclaimed musicians. On June 9th, pianist Kirk Kadish, who served more than 20 years in the US Army and more than 17 years in the Army Field Band, sends uplifting piano chords into the clouds to raise the spirits of woebegone weather balloons, before former US Army Jazz Ambassador and saxophonist Darryl Brenzel joins his quartet for an evening set of jazzy, soulful melodies. Headlining Sunday's lineup of performers, The Paul Snyder Trio entices crowds to shuffle their feet and raise their bottles of sangria to the sound of crooning blues guitars and silky-smooth vocals. Throughout the two-day event, adults can treat their palates to a variety of wine-tasting demonstrations, build their art collections with paintings and jewelry from onsite vendors, and accompany their children on thrilling hayrides.
Elk Run Vineyards
Underneath the same country sky which blankets Frederick County Dairy farms and horse stables, the Elk Run vineyard sits on the rolling hills of Mt Airy on an original land grant to Lord Baltimore in 1756. These ideal growing conditions have allowed consistent award winning wines by the same winemaker Fred Wilson for 35 years, producing National and International Gold Silver and Double Gold medals for such wines as Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Gewurzrtraminer. Elk Run's winemaker crafts these libations using a blend of contemporary equipment and Old-World wine making techniques. They harvest grapes from plots planted in schist and shale soil designed to follow sustainable agricultural practices, a modus operandi that has helped the winery become one of the top 100 wineries on the East Coast, as well as one of the most acclaimed wineries in the state of Maryland.