It was a warm and lovely fall day October 5 when Moonsprings Vineyard, Clavo Winery and 15° C hosted a fundraiser for Ecologistics at the Moonsprings property. We had no idea what we were in for when we boarded ATVs and headed up the dirt roads through the rows of grapevines until we topped the property where the incredible view spread out below. 16 lucky ticket holders were treated to a talk by winery manager Neil Roberts, who told us how he is using state-of-the art technology to plant and maintain the relatively new vineyard. He is growing organically, with the goal of dry farming the entire vineyard, once the vines are established. He will be using cover crops and natural pest solutions. The vineyard owners have instructed Neil to spare no expense to make the vineyard completely sustainable.
Besides the good food and wine, the other highlight of the day was our guest star, Johnny Madara, a 50’s rocker who at 84 is still writing songs and working on films. Johnny wrote several big hits including “Take Me to the Hop” and “You Don’t Own Me,” first made famous by Leslie Gore. The song has become the anthem of the #MeToo movement and has been recorded by many famous artists over the years including Joan Jett, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton in “First Wives Club,” and most recently, Kristen Chenowith with Ariana Grande. Johnny has spent a lifetime in the music business and entertained the guests with stories of hanging out with the Beatles and recording with Quincy Jones.
$1,400 was raised to fund Ecologistics projects for its 2010 10th anniversary year. Thank you to Moonsprings, Clavo, 15° C, Doreen Liberto for donating the event, and the ticket buyers who supported us.