Eagle Ranch dining room manager Shannon Root. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

Eagle Ranch dining room manager Shannon Root. Photo by Steve Hubrecht

By Erin Knutson

Pioneer Intern

The first annual wine, art, and music fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Arts Council or WAM! for short will be held on Saturday March, 29th at the Eagle Ranch Resort.

The cultural extravaganza will include wine tasting, art, hors doeuvres, and live music. The new event, coordinated by Shannon Root, dining room manger at the Eagle Ranch, promises to be a fun-filled and culturally rich evening.

Were really excited about the event, said Mrs. Root, who spent two months carefully organizing the festivities, which span from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 29th.

Lynn Sorensen of Winemates and More Inc. is the sommelier for WAM! and will head up the wine tastings. There will be four different vintages to choose from. Two local bands, Six-Foot-Two Soul of Blue and Sheberdean will be featured as part of the evenings entertainment.

Eight dollars from every ticket will be donated to a charity or non-profit of choice. According to Mrs. Root, the charities will be alternated yearly so that everyone gets a turn.

Several of the featured artists will be doing demonstrations, theres a silent auction and the proceeds from that will go directly to the Columbia Valley Arts, said Mrs. Root.

Mrs. Root said she hopes this year’s WAM! will be the first of many such events in the valley, and the start of a cultural tradition that will help charities and showcase the many talents of local artists in the area.