College Park can sample The Art of Wine on Saturday

College Park can sample The Art of Wine on Saturday
April 21, 2015

The best way to hold a successful fundraiser, a local organization has noted, is to make it as fun as possible.
That’s one reason why the College Park Neighborhood Arts & Theatre Center believes they had so much success with their two “I Love College Art & Wine Stroll” events, giving local residents an opportunity to enjoy an evening along Edgewater Drive. The first one was held in February 2014, followed by the second one last November.

Now CPN Arts & Theatre Center is doing something new, but similar: The Art of Wine, which will be an afternoon of wine tasting, live music, art, food and more. This family and pet-friendly event, noted the organization’s executive director, Robert Di Cerbo, will combine 16 wines presented by Cavanaugh’s Fine Wines on Saturday from 1–5 p.m. at 1215 Edgewater Drive.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The money raised will be used to promote the mission of this nonprofit organization founded by Di Cerbo and Denise Badger in 2012. Their goal is to get a performing arts center built in the College Park neighborhood, hosting live theater, art exhibits, music performances, and educational programs for local school children.

Di Cerbo said events like Art of Wine are helping them raise the money needed to make that performing arts center a reality, and a growing number of people are signing up to support their mission.

“Presently, as we enter into our third year, we are expanding our board of directors,” Di Cerbo noted. On the creative end, he said, they are “planning our first original theatrical production” sometime this year.

CPN Arts & Theatre staged its first production, the 1930s comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” at Princeton Elementary School in May 2014.

CPNA is also planning to sponsor its first Summer Camp between July 27-31, and arranging for their third annual Art & Wine Stroll.

“Our annual Art & Wine Stroll for November will be the same as last November’s, where we had over 500 people ‘strolling’ from Albert Park down and around both sides of Edgewater Drive for a couple of blocks,” DiCerbo said. “These attendees visited in the stores along the Drive, saw and made purchases from 24 artists stationed along the way, and had wine at the numerous wines stop stores. However, we are likely to expand the event this year with more stores, more artists and more music.”

DiCerbo also urged supporters to “stay tuned for some exciting news regarding developments for our permanent home.”

Tickets for Art of Wine are available at numerous shops in College Park, including Cavanaugh’s, Let Us Frame It, Gallery on the Edge, the UPS Store, the Bead Store, Organica and the College Park Printing Company. They can also be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-wine.

CPA Arts & Theatre recently hosted another special event. On Saturday, April 18, they presented a night of storytelling called “April Fools in Love!”

It took place at the Incarnation Catholic Church Hall on Edgewater Drive. The public was invited to attend, and 10 names from the audience got drawn. The selected ones were invited to tell a short story with the theme of being an April Fool in Love.