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Wine auction concludes with live bidding tonight

By Toni Milbourne - For the Chronicle | Apr 16, 2021

This Viva La French Wine Basket is one of the items available in the wine auction, which ends tonight. Courtesy photo

SHEPHERDSTOWN — A three-day wine event has been underway to benefit the Shepherdstown Daycare Center and will culminate this evening with an online live this evening, beginning at 7 p.m.

The event, which began Wednesday, kicked off with virtual wine tastings and tours of two Maryland vineyards, Cool Ridge Vineyard and Antietam Creek Vineyards.

The live auction will feature a variety of wines as well as other unique offerings including Wine Tasting 101 by Sommelier David Asam, the Chardonnay on the Chesapeake Sailing adventure and the Bavarian Inn Mixology Class with Christian Asam.

The wine auction, marking its 14th year, is an annual event benefitting the Shepherdstown Daycare Center. This year, the event has taken a virtual turn due to the continuation of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Those wishing to peruse the items on the auction block can register for the live event by visiting www.SDCWineAuction.org to register. Registration provides each attendee access to the live auction and silent auction bidding and a chance to win raffle prizes.

Lots in the auctions offer a variety of wines, including French, Italian and California wines. Also available for bidding is a “Make Your Own Wine” kit offered by Blue Mountain Wine Crafters and a “Wine and Dine” offering from the Bavarian Inn.

Wine offerings include such options as “Big Reds from the West Coast,” a basket of Virginia red wines and two Italian wine baskets.

The Shepherdstown Daycare Center provides affordable, nurturing childcare and enriching educational experiences for children of working families in the Eastern Panhandle. The center is the only facility in the region to offer a sliding scale for tuition tied to family income, which allows more local, working families to provide quality daycare for their children.

The center currently offers care for approximately 90 children. Since 2007, the daycare has partnered with the Jefferson County Board of Education to offer a pre-k program focusing on improving children’s pre-academic and social skills.

The daycare is an area leader in implementing the Creative Curriculum, an innovative program that enables teachers to design classroom environments that harness children’s imagination and stimulate development.

The wine auction will help raise funds needed by the daycare to offset shortfalls in tuition, as well as allow them to pursue a renovation and expansion program to enhance the current environment provided for the children.

For more information on the center, please contact director Melissa Holman at 304-876-6923.