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Richwood Winery to celebrate ‘longest day of light’ with Summer Solstice Fest

Live music will once again be part of Richwood Winery’s Summer Solstice Festival, set to take place Saturday. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Summer Solstice — also known as Midsummer — is almost upon us, and the folks at Richwood Winery are once again preparing to celebrate the “longest day of light.”

The winery’s second annual Summer Solstice Festival is set to take place this Saturday, June 21 from 1 to 7 p.m.

Once again, the event will include live music, though the provider is different this time around.

“We are so lucky to have Island Time performing with us,” said Nancy Nornes Olson, event coordinator for Richwood Winery.

“It’s their first time playing at our winery and we’re pretty excited about it.”

The popular local duo of Dave Herzog and Chuck Fox will perform using a variety of instruments, with Herzog playing the “lead” steel drums and percussion, and Fox backing him up on steel drums and playing guitar.

Both men also perform vocals for the band’s combination of island and beach music, oldies and current hits.

“The band provides shakers for the kids, and we will have a bunch of hula hoops too,” said Penny Aguirre, Richwood Winery co-owner.

“We will also have games and a limbo contest,” she added.

“Come dance around the grape pole and celebrate the sun’s longest day of the year!” says the event’s web page, alluding to the fact that instead of a maypole, the festival will once again feature a grape pole, decorated with grape vines rather than flowers.

Pam’s Salsa will once again be catering lunch for the event, and of course, there will be a full range of Richwood Winery wine selections available for guests to enjoy in the commemorative wine glass that comes with the event’s $5 admission fee.

New this year, however, is that the winery is now licensed to serve beer as well as wine.

“We will have bottled craft beers, and a keg as well,” said Aguirre. “And we’ll have sangria too!”

Richwood Winery is located at 27799 County Highway 34, just about half a mile outside of the tiny town of Richwood. For more information, visit their website at

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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