Hopewell Valley Vineyards, on Yard Road in Pennington, New Jersey, will host the 3rd Annual Family Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8 from noon to 5 p.m. The event is designed to provide lots of fun activities for people of all ages while raising money for a worthwhile cause — the Princeton Child Development Institute. PCDI has been providing people with autism comprehensive treatment programs for thirty-five years.
Held at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, adults will have the opportunity to sample some of the winery’s award-winning wines. The event also features vineyard tours, live music, food, crafters, and amusements for kids.
Johnny Pompadour will be performing at the festival on Saturday and The Diablo Sandwich Band returns on Sunday for their third year. Kids’ attractions include pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting, sand art, moon bounces, and much more! Visitors will be able to purchase delicious foods from The Underground Cafe, Aunt Martha’s Funnel Cakes, as well other local favorites.
Hopewell Valley Vineyards has melded three generations of Tuscan winemaking experience with meticulous vineyards planted with vinifera, Italian, and New World favorites. Add to this some old-world hospitality and you find a winery that is not only a place to purchase great wines, but also a destination in itself. The vineyard is currently open for wine tasting and purchasing Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5:00. The spacious deck and cozy rustic taste room are perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and light snack.
Hopewell Valley Vineyards was established in 2001. The Neri Family has been making wine in Italy for generations. For many years the Neris owned a vineyard and winery in the renowned Brunello di Montalcino region and currently have vineyards and olive groves in Italy, located in the Chianti Classico region between Florence and Siena. Hopewell Valley Vineyards will also be selling wine made from their Tuscan vineyard in early 2007. Olive oil from the family’s olive grove is currently available at the vineyard.
The Princeton Child Development Institute, founded in 1970, is a private, nonprofit program offering a broad spectrum of science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism. The Institute not only provides quality treatment, education, and professional training and mentoring in New Jersey, but also through its research, has pioneered comprehensive intervention models that are used nationally and internationally for the benefit of persons with autism.
These programs teach young children to talk, play with siblings and friends, and read and write. Adolescents continue academic and work-study programs while learning to participate in their homes and communities. Adults perfect skills that allow them to maintain jobs and achieve greater levels of independence.
Because autism knows no national or cultural boundaries, PCDI shares its pioneering programs, technology, and research with professionals in the US and abroad so that all people who struggle with autism may benefit.
Hopewell Valley Vinyards. Admission is free. For more information or directions, call toll free at 866-HVV-Wine or visit hopewellvalleyvineyards.com.