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South Carroll: Five-course wine tasting/tapas at the Cork

South Carroll: Five-course wine tasting/tapas at the Cork
The County Cork Wine Pub hosts the 5 Course Wine Tasting/Tapas the first Tuesday of every month. The wine tasting begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. Admission to this event is $30 per person, but remember to make reservations in advanced because it always sells out. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Begin the year with a taste of delicious wine and tapas at the County Cork Wine Pub this Jan. 2.

Arlene Stecher, one of the coordinators of this event, stated in an email interview that the County Cork Wine Pub has been hosting this event since 2011.

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Stecher came up with the idea and style of the wine tasting.

“Many restaurants do wine dinners … I decided to do a wine tasting at a much lower price,” stated Stecher.

According to Stecher, throughout the event, the attendees will be tasting five wines and those will be paired with a unique dish. Also, a representative from the vineyard or the distributor are always at the tasting to share their knowledge with the attendees.

Also, Stecher stated that the representatives will walk around each table pouring the wines and discussing and educating the customer about the wines.

“I've been told by my customers over the years how much they enjoy the evening,” stated Stecher. “The customers are able to ask the wine rep questions and get educated and experience wines they may never get to.”

In addition, Stecher expects approximately 30 to 50 attendees at every tasting.

Stecher also stated that over the past 7 years, she has not repeated a wine tasting.

“I try to keep it fresh and informative,” stated Stecher.

In the past, they have had "Big Red Blends", "Italian Wines", and "Around the World" themes for the wine tasting/tapas.

The County Cork Wine Pub hosts the 5 Course Wine Tasting/Tapas the first Tuesday of every month.

The wine tasting begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. Admission to this event is $30 per person, but remember to make reservations in advanced because it always sells out.

For more information, you may contact Arlene Stecher at Arlene.cork@gmail.com.

The County Cork Wine Pub is located at 1716 Liberty Road, Eldersburg.

Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville welcomes Tom Kimmel

On Jan. 12, enjoy the New Year with singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet, and teacher Tom Kimmel in a night of full entertainment.

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Since 1980, Kimmel has composed songs for many artists like, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel and Randy Travis.

Tom Kimmel will be playing at Baldwin's Station on Jan. 12.
Tom Kimmel will be playing at Baldwin's Station on Jan. 12. (Courtesy photo)

Also, many of his songs have been featured in films from “Twins” to “Serendipity” and “Runaway Bride,” and in television shows such as Captain Kangaroo and Touched By An Angel to Dawson’s Creek.

Throughout the years, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems and led songwriting workshops and classes around the country and in Europe.

In 2006, Kimmel published “The Sweetest & the Meanest,” and has been a featured writer at book festivals and writing retreats, and his poems have been published in a number of poetry and literary journals.

Throughout the event, the attendees will also be able to enjoy his most recent compositions and more.

If you are interested in learning more about Tom Kimmel, you may visit his website, www.tomkimmel.com

Admission to the concert is $20 and the show begins at 8 p.m.

The concert room opens for seating and dining at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Baldwin’s Station at 410-795-1041.

The Baldwin’s Station is located at 7618 Main St., Sykesville.

First Big Country Breakfast Buffet of new year approaching

Come to the first Big Country Breakfast Buffet of the year, this Jan. 21 and help raise funds for the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company.

The attendees will be able to enjoy scrambled eggs, smoked sausage, bacon, French toast, pancakes, biscuits, home fries, sausage and chipped beef gravies.

They will also offer baked apples and waffles. They will have coffee, orange juice, tea, and hot chocolate.

Admission to this event is $10 for adults, $8 for children 6 to 12 years old and kids 5 and under enter for free. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m.

The fire department is located at 1008 Twin Arch Road Mount Airy. For more information, you may contact the fire department at 301-829-0100 ext. 362.

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