Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CALL to ARTISTS, Plein Aire All Day at the Concours!

CALL TO ARTISTS * Plain Air painting opportunity, on site Saturday, Sept. 24th. as a part of the Concours d'Elegance. 

NO entry fee, no sales fees & a free lunch. Now what could be more fun!   This is a fantastic opportunity to capture those rare and fun autos of other eras, all in one location. Over 300 classic cars represented as well as classic boats, tear drop trailers and historic motorcycles. And if that weren't enough, costumes galore, 4-H animals and the stunning Ironstone Vineyards Gardens. 

Participating artists also have the opportunity to exhibit framed paintings for sale in Ironstone's Gallerias through October 6th.  Email for more information

The Concours Foundation is a non profit organization raising funds for the California 4-H scholarship funds and the California State Faire Scholarship funds. In addition to the entry fee, funds are also raised through the live auction. Through the years, fine donated paintings have lead the bidding and helped the foundation meet their goals.  Should you wish to donate a painting, you may contact 

Registered Artists must be on site from 9:30 - 3:00 pm Saturday and are free to move throughout the facility and show site.  If you are interested in joining us that day, please contact Chris Gomez at or call 209 728 1251 ext #45.
For additional information, here are two sites with great information

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wine Down the Middle, Fork of the Salmon that is....

Ironstone joins OARS for a great white water rafting trip down the middle fork of the Salmon River in Idaho Aug. 27th.  Considered one of the continent’s primo rafting destinations, this Middle Fork trip takes you through what are touted as legendary rafting waters. I can attest to the beauty of the high country forests, granite canyons & precious grassland having had the pleasure of representing Ironstone on this same voyage several years ago. 

The food is always outstanding on these trips, but the special treat on the wine trip is our very own Chef James will be on the waters with the group, cooking up a storm at every evening camp.  Paired with the foods, Chris Foppiano will be pouring select Ironstone wines to the happy crowd.  Now, challenging the waters isn't the only fun that goes on with these trips... take a look at the photos of "dress up" night.

Now, OARS didn't do that on my trip!  Can't wait to see what Chef James brings back!

Check out OARS link!

Then, sign up for the time of your life!