The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park will host its annual wine, cheese and beer tasting from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 27, in the Officer’s Club at the park.
This year’s committee members are excited to offer at least 10 wine vendors and four beer brewers with the support of the Friends co-sponsor for this event, R&L Liquors. As attendees sample wines, they will be able to place an order with R&L Liquors for later pickup. Sales of the featured beers will be available at R&L Liquors.
The cheese tastings will be offered with the support of local vendors. In addition, volunteers will be preparing delicious appetizers designed to pair well with wines and beers offered for tasting. President Stu Schmidt said he believes this wine, cheese and beer tasting may show the broadest range of flavors yet.
In response to past demands, the Friends will be selling the group’s signature merchandise including shirts, caps, sweatshirts and hoodies.
Tickets purchased in advance are $27 each, which includes the park entrance fee. They are available from R&L Liquors on Second Street in Lewes as well as the Cape Henlopen State Park office and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $30, with cash, credit cards or debit cards accepted. The price also includes a commemorative wine glass for the tasting.
The Officer’s Club has a spacious public area with a commanding fireplace. There is plenty of parking. The historic club building was built before World War II as part of Fort Miles, now Cape Henlopen State Park. Its fireplace is said to be made of stones salvaged from the original 1767 Cape Henlopen Lighthouse that collapsed in 1926. The Officer’s Club is located at Youth Camp #3. Directions to the club will be clearly posted in the park.
Proceeds will benefit the Thatcher Education Fund, used by the Friends to provide financial support for education programs and transportation needs for school groups visiting the park.
The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park sponsors a variety of activities in support of the park. They include purchasing benches, operating the free bicycle loan program at the Bike Barn, maintaining trails, constructing the children’s’ playground, supporting the recently upgraded osprey cam, reconstructing the hawk watch platform, and offering education funds to statewide schools that bring students into the park for nature opportunities. Volunteers work with the staff at the park to support these experiences in this crown jewel of Delaware State Parks, containing 7,000 acres of unique beach, dune and wetland environments.