Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Darke County Center for the Arts will present “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXV” on Friday, April 19 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. “We can't believe that this is the 'Silver Anniversary' for the event,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “They tell me that when they planned the first one, they thought that they might do a few repeats if “A Taste of Wine and Jazz” proved to be popular. Well, it certainly proved to be popular, attracting people of all ages and professions and income levels from all over our community,” Ms. Jordan explained.

Ms. Jordan also stated that DCCA is adding a few celebratory accents to highlight this twenty-fifth anniversary. “Sparkling wine denotes and induces a celebration, so one of our wine selections will be a bubbly,” she said. She also indicated the she and other DCCA officials are working on obtaining 25 special door prizes to award to those in attendance. “We invite everyone to come out for a good time and celebrate with us,” Ms. Jordan concluded.

Music will be provided by Deron Bell and the “Jazz For You” band, a group which has earned a large local following. “Deron Bell can do it all; he sings, plays a variety of instruments, and covers a broad spectrum of music,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director. “The quality of the musicianship achieved by Deron and his band is equalled by the group's joy in playing, making for a memorably good time for all concerned.” The band’s performance is made possible through the sponsorship of Cox Insurance, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, and Kent and Melinda Myers.

“A Taste of Wine and Jazz” provides a casual social setting where attendees can enjoy the music or visit with friends while discovering the differing attributes of a variety of wines. Montage proprietors Aaron and Michelle Cox will prepare an exciting array of hors d’oeuvres to complement the wine selections. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the event closes with the awarding of door prizes at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets to “A Taste of Wine and Jazz” are $35 each, and are available at Montage and at DCCA’s office inside Greenville Public Library, or can be ordered by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

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