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Ye Olde Wholly Grape and Ale set for April 7

By Staff | Mar 29, 2017

Here ye, here ye, it’s time to attend another Wholly Grape and Ale event.

This year’s event is themed Renaissance and will be held from 5-9 p.m., Friday, April 7 at the Estherville Golf Course.

The come-and-go social event benefits the Avera Holy Family Foundation.

According to foundation manager Sandy Lunning, the proceeds from this year event will be used as the starting point for a new emergency room.

“The hospital has the mindset of looking into a new ER department,” said Lunning. “All dollars raised will be dedicated to that project to kick it off. We will have information at Wholly Grape, so those who attend will get a sneak peek.”

Every year, the Wholly Grape and Ale event is known for its costume-themed celebrations.

Last year had a Gilligan’s Island theme, two years ago was Wild West.

“We’ve had the Roaring 20s as well as 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s themes,” said Lunning.

“People enjoy wearing costumes,” said Lunning. “We haven’t done a renaissance theme and it’s currently on a lot of TV shows and movies.”

As usual, the event will include a large buffet of heavy hors-d’oeuvres.

The Estherville golf course does all the catering and this year’s event swill include jumbo shrimp cocktails and scallops, beef kabobs, as well as fruits, cheese and crackers and chips. It will also have themed foods such breads and dipping sauce.

While there won’t be any large turkey legs, Lunning said there may be a smaller version.

“There’s always a fun dessert,” she said.

The upstairs of the golf course clubhouse will be called the “Court” with win samples available. The downstairs will be the “Dungeon” and have ale samples.

For non-drinkers, there also will be a wide variety of non-alcoholic beverages.

The event includes a raffle and tickets for both the raffle and the event can be purchased at the front desk of Avera Holy Family and at both locations of NorthStar Bank. Persons do not need to be present to win.

There will also be a silent auction on the night of the event.

Lunning said there are 26 corporate sponsors who underwrite the costs for the evening and they will be recognized that Friday night.