Author will appear at Cygnus Wine Cellars tasting


April 07, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AUTHOR Kevin Atticks will appear at Cygnus Wine Cellars of Manchester, where owner/winemaker Ray Brasfield will release three new wines at a free tasting from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

"It will be a special weekend," says Brasfield, who crushed his first grapes under the Cygnus label in 1995. "The three new wines all have local interest. At Baugher's, where they do their own cider pressing, I filled up a barrel at the end of October, which has made a nice, light, dry apple wine.

"The Sauvignon Blanc was harvested [from Wyvern Woods Vineyard] in early September. The third is 1997 vintage, a sweet, red, port-style dessert wine, without the distilled spirits as in a [true] port. I call it Port of Manchester."

Cygnus Wine Cellars is featured in "Discovering Maryland Wineries," a tour guide to all Maryland wineries published in December by Atticks, a Maryland native. He will appear for autographs Sunday.

"People who are or aren't familiar with wine will find something interesting to read in this nice little book," Brasfield said.

Atticks, he said, began the book as a graduate project in communications.

The published volume includes grape-growing information by the Maryland Grape Growers Association and a history of commercial wineries in Maryland dating to Colonial times, written by the Maryland Winery Association.

Tasting at the wine cellar includes a visit to the oak casks and a wealth of interesting details about the journey a grape takes before becoming wine. Brasfield depends on vineyards from the Eastern shore to the Western mountains for grapes.

The cellars are at 3130 Long Lane, Manchester, one block east of Main Street, behind the Maple Grove Business Center.

Information: 410-374-6395.

High school artists show

From the study of Greek and Egyptian art, students of North Carroll High School have created an impressive display of their artwork, which will begin a monthlong exhibit in the Town Council chambers of the Manchester Municipal Building on York Street.

The show will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit can also be seen during regular office hours from 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. weekdays.

Information: 410-239-3200.

Get in the swim

Swimming pool memberships are available for the Hampstead and the Lineboro-Manchester Lions club pools.

The pool opens May 29 for swimming on weekends only, until public schools close. Daily summer hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. at Manchester, and from noon until 7: 30 p.m. at Hampstead. Swimming lessons are offered at both pools.

For the Manchester pool, registration for swimming lessons and membership is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1.

For the Hampstead pool, registration is under way. Pool manager Heather King will return to offer swim lessons and special events.

For Manchester information, call Henry Hirsch, 410-239-0444.

For Hampstead, call Tammy Palmer, 410-374-2761.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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