A festival of food, fun and spirits at Arbor Grove Village this weekend is set to give a shot in the arm to Greensburg’s Meals on Wheels program.
The second annual “Wine for Wheels’ runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and includes ample wine sampling opportunities throughout its three hours, in addition to a pork chop dinner, all of which is covered by the cost of a single ticket. The proceeds at this weekend’s event will go directly to Greensburg’s Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing food to those unable to leave their homes throughout the Decatur County community.
Greensburg’s Meals on Wheels, as it exists today, was founded by Audrey Navarra and Herb Scheidler in 1975, the latter of whom served as president of the organization. Diana Robbins, the present director, took over those responsibilities in the early ‘80s. Robbins and her cousin, new Meals board member Debbie Dinsmore, are granddaughters of Audrey Navarra, carrying on her legacy of delivering low-cost meals to those in need.
Wine for Wheels is one of two fund-raising events those associated with Meals on Wheels hope become annual attractions for the local community, the other being the popular “Dancing With the Stars” which brought a large crowd of supporters to Aspen Place back in February. Both events are intended to inject a little fun into the nonprofit group’s monumentally important fund-raising process. Funding, overall, has decreased for the Meals on Wheels program, which relies on donations, grants and fund-raisers. Robbins mentioned the Thrive Alliance and the Decatur County United Fund as two of the group’s largest grant contributors.
The work itself is accomplished by a group of 25 volunteers, the importance of whom has never been lost on the program’s organizers.
“We have an amazing group of volunteers,” Robbins told the Daily News Thursday. “If not for them, there would be no Meals on Wheels.”
Last year saw approximately 125 individuals sample the wares at the inaugural Wine for Wheels, according to Debbie Dinsmore. The group is hoping to see at least 200 individuals attend this year’s program.
Those hoping to take part in the fun may purchase tickets at WTRE, Arbor Grove Village or through any Meals on Wheels board member. Ticket costs are $15 for one, or $25 for two.
Additionally, Robbins told the Daily News that cards offering year-long discounts at a variety of local shops and restaurants are presently available for purchase through her, Decatur County Memorial Hospital or any Meals on Wheels board member. The cost for these discount cards is $5 each.
This weekend’s spectacle brings noted winery Chateau Pomije to the Tree City, alongside popular local band Skeeter McGee. Wine samples, of course, are restricted to individuals age 21 or older, and the area offering spirits for sale and for sample will be roped off, Dinsmore said.
The rest of the Arbor Grove lawn is open to attendees of any age who wish to spend the evening outside with a pork chop dinner and live music. Homemade desserts will be provided by Just Loafin’.
Robbins described the intended atmosphere as “Jimmy Buffett-style,” relaxing tunes mixed with a day of fun in the sun. Tents are also planned to be set up throughout the lawn.
For more information, contact Diana Robbins at 663-6099 or Debbie Dinsmore at 662-7259.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056