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Dear Members (Be sure to click READ MORE for full info)::

This group is for people who love wine but are not wine snobs. We are always looking for people who enjoy tastings at wine shops, restaurants, members home's (backyards!), BYOW-tailgates, festivals, etc. Anything to do with wine is fair game!

BE SURE TO CHECK OUR PAST EVENTS for a good idea of "who" we are.

We like to do indoor events in the winter and outdoor events in the summer>>> our summer key-note events are our BYOW wine tasting events at Ravinia Park. I target Ravinia events with low admission fee's (usually $10) so we can enjoy wine & each others company. We set-up (BYO-lawn chair) in a giant wine-circle, drink wine and yap! What's not to like?

Because there are so many wine groups out there, I prefer to keep our North Shore Wine Group tastings to those suburbs that actually have.. a shore! (i.e.: on Lake Michigan).

After some tastings, but not all, we take a "field-vote" and some of us may go somewhere local (to our tasting location ) for a lite dinner/after snack. If you think you might like to do this, I suggest you bring some small bills so we don't drive the waiter crazy with a half-dozen plus different charge's.

Your Organizer:

Organizer & Faithful K'nave: My name is Jim McCarthy. I like Wine. And food. That's mostly it. Compliments of Uncle Sam I spent a few years in the Rhine River Valley, Germany, and still love Riesling's and German whites to this day.

Our dress code is jeans and shorts and casual's! Oh my!

jim mccarthy

Upcoming events (4+)

June 30th: Beatles Medley. BYOW Evening Picnic #1 of 4. $10.

Needs a location

June 30th: Beatles Medley. BYOW Evening Picnic #1 of 4. $10.

Folks: Join us for a fun BYOW evening on the lawn, sharing wines, BYO-snacking and... lying on how we LOST weight during the covid shutdown! (It is also BYO-Lawn Chair or you can rent one there.) We Meetup near Big Butt, spread out, self introduce and laff. What's not to like?

Your Evenings Entertainment:

5:30 pm-7:30 pm: Gather, drink wine, lie.

7:30 - 9:30pm-ish: Rock 'till you Drop! Need I say more?

1. As mentioned, we will Meetup near Big Butt, from 5:30 pm for the 7:30 pm concert. I will be wearing a BLAZE ORANGE HAT for easy identification.
2. Be sure to get un-reserved/General Admission Lawn Tickets: $10.
3. Tickets go on sale AFTER May 4th, 2022.
4. Naturally... everything is tentative during this recovery year.

> > > > > > IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING STUFF<<<<<<<

> 2022 Ravinia Full Schedule: https://www.ravinia.org/calendar

> Tip: Get your tickets early... they may sell out fast.

> What can you also bring? Ravinia is famous for it's relaxed attitude regarding coolers, wheeled carts, card-tables, etc. I once saw a peep bring in a small keg of beer on a Red Ryder! His kids had to walk,

> Be sure to bring a jacket: Even warm days become cool nights near the lake.

> If you don't want to (or can't) bring a lawn chair: Ravinia rents them for a low fee. (Some peeps bring blankets - but they rarely look happy. Especially when their butts get damp. Blanketeers then stand up and say something like "I need to stretch my legs". Once a blanketeer says that... point your finger at him/her and scream "DAMPY BUTT! DAMPY BUTT!" haha)

Ravinia Event Link: https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/1970/re-imagine-the-beatles-with-beckie-menzie-tom-michael

jim mccarthy
Cat Herder, Grade 4.

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Jul 15: Tchaikovsky Medley by the CSO. BYOW Evening Picnic #2 of 4. $15

# Jul 15: Tchaikovsky Medley by the CSO. BYOW Evening Picnic #2 of 4. $15

Folks: Join us for a fun BYOW evening on the lawn, sharing wines, BYO-snacking and... lying on how we LOST weight during the covid shutdown! (It is also BYO-Lawn Chair or you can rent one there.) We Meetup near Big Butt, spread out, self introduce and laff. What's not to like?

Your Evenings Entertainment:

6:00 pm -8:00 pm: Gather, drink wine, lie.

8:00 - 9:30 pm-ish: Enjoy a warm summers night with friends who don't want to borrow money from you! haha

1. As mentioned, we will Meetup near Big Butt, from 6:00 pm for the 8:00 pm concert. I will be wearing a BLAZE ORANGE HAT for easy identification.
2. Be sure to get un-reserved/General Admission Lawn Tickets: $15.
3. Tickets go on sale AFTER May 4th, 2022+.
4. Naturally... everything is tentative during this recovery year.

> > > > > > IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING STUFF<<<<<<<

> 2022 Ravinia Full Schedule: https://www.ravinia.org/calendar

> Tip: Get your tickets early... they may sell out fast.

> What can you also bring? Ravinia is famous for it's relaxed attitude regarding coolers, wheeled carts, card-tables, etc. I once saw a peep bring in a small keg of beer on a Red Ryder! His kids had to walk,

> Be sure to bring a jacket: Even warm days become cool nights near the lake.

> If you don't want to (or can't) bring a lawn chair: Ravinia rents them for a low fee. (Some peeps bring blankets - but they rarely look happy. Especially when their butts get damp. Blanketeers then stand up and say something like "I need to stretch my legs". Once a blanketeer says that... point your finger at him/her and scream "DAMPY BUTT! DAMPY BUTT!" haha)

Ravinia Event Link: https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/1988/cso-opening-night-tchaikovsky-with-marin-alsop-and-stewart-goodyear

jim mccarthy
Cat Herder, Grade 4.

Aug 21: Ravinia BYOW Evening Picnic #3 of 4. Tchaikovsky's 1812 by the CSO! $15

Aug 21: Ravinia BYOW Evening Picnic #3 of 4. Tchaikovsky's 1812 by the CSO! $15

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONCERT STARTS AT 5PM (vs the usual 7:30-8:00 PM) We will begin to gather from 3:30pm-ish.

Join us for a fun BYOW evening on the lawn, sharing wines, BYO-snacking and... lying on how we LOST weight during the covid shutdown! (It is also BYO-Lawn Chair or you can rent one there.) We Meetup near Big Butt, spread out, self introduce and laff. What's not to like?

Your Evenings Entertainment:

3:30 pm-5 pm: Gather, drink wine, lie.

5:00pm -8:30pm-ish: Boom-boom time - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Music by the CSO! Need I say more?

1. As mentioned, we will Meetup near Big Butt, from 3:30 pm for the 5:00 pm concert. I will be wearing a BLAZE ORANGE HAT for easy identification.
2. Be sure to get un-reserved/General Admission Lawn Tickets: $15.
3. Tickets go on sale AFTER May 4th, 2022+.
4. Naturally... everything is tentative during this recovery year.

> > > > > > IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING STUFF<<<<<<<

> 2022 Ravinia Full Schedule: https://www.ravinia.org/calendar

> Tip: Get your tickets early... they may sell out fast.

> What can you also bring? Ravinia is famous for it's relaxed attitude regarding coolers, wheeled carts, card-tables, etc. I once saw a peep bring in a small keg of beer on a Red Ryder! His kids had to walk,

> Be sure to bring a jacket: Even warm days become cool nights near the lake.

> If you don't want to (or can't) bring a lawn chair: Ravinia rents them for a low fee. (Some peeps bring blankets - but they rarely look happy. Especially when their butts get damp. Blanketeers then stand up and say something like "I need to stretch my legs". Once a blanketeer says that... point your finger at him/her and scream "DAMPY BUTT! DAMPY BUTT!" haha)

Ravinia Event Link: https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/2037/tchaikovsky-spectacular-with-the-cso

jim mccarthy
Cat Herder, Grade 4.

Sep 3rd: Royal Baroque Medley. BYOW Evening Picnic #4 of 4.

Needs a location

# Sep 3rd: Royal Baroque Medley. BYOW Evening Picnic #4 of 4.

Join us for a fun BYOW evening on the lawn, sharing wines, BYO-snacking and... lying on how we LOST weight during the covid shutdown! (It is also BYO-Lawn Chair or you can rent one there.) We Meetup near Big Butt, spread out, self introduce and laff. What's not to like?

Your Evenings Entertainment:

5:30 pm-7:30 pm: Gather, drink wine, lie.

7:30 - 9:30pm-ish: Enjoy a late summer's night with wine & friends! Need I say more?

1. As mentioned, we will Meetup near Big Butt, from 5:30 pm for the 7:30 pm concert. I will be wearing a BLAZE ORANGE HAT for easy identification.
2. Be sure to get un-reserved/General Admission Lawn Tickets: $10.
3. Tickets go on sale AFTER May 4th, 2022.
4. Naturally... everything is tentative during this recovery year.

> > > > > > IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING STUFF<<<<<<<

> 2022 Ravinia Full Schedule: https://www.ravinia.org/calendar

> Tip: Get your tickets early... they may sell out fast.

> What can you also bring? Ravinia is famous for it's relaxed attitude regarding coolers, wheeled carts, card-tables, etc. I once saw a peep bring in a small keg of beer on a Red Ryder! His kids had to walk,

> Be sure to bring a jacket: Even warm days become cool nights near the lake.

> If you don't want to (or can't) bring a lawn chair: Ravinia rents them for a low fee. (Some peeps bring blankets - but they rarely look happy. Especially when their butts get damp. Blanketeers then stand up and say something like "I need to stretch my legs". Once a blanketeer says that... point your finger at him/her and scream "DAMPY BUTT! DAMPY BUTT!" haha)

Ravinia Event Link; https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/2049/music-for-the-royal-fireworks-with-music-of-the-baroque

jim mccarthy
Cat Herder, Grade 4.

Past events (86)

May 4th... think spring! Ravinia tix go on sale.

Needs a location

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