FREDON - Connoisseurs of fine food and drink enjoyed a beautiful day and picturesque views at the 35th annual Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Wine and Cheese Festival at Waterwheel Farm.


Marlina Schetting, chief operating officer at Karen Ann Quinlan, said an estimated 400 people attended the Sept. 8 event, which featured 18 tables of wines and champagne paired with cheeses, fruits and desserts. The event also included live and silent auctions as well as musical performances from The Bill Wright School of Music and the Treble Alliance.


The festival was hosted by Friends of Hospice, a volunteer group that supports Karen Ann Quinlan, with all money raised benefiting the hospice. Randy Burke, owner of Burke’s Wine & Liquor in Sparta, assembled more than 100 wines and champagnes from around the world for guests to sample.


As Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice celebrates 40 years of service this year, Schetting praised Friends of Hospice for their fundraising work to ensure that no patient is turned away because of an inability to pay for care. She also credited the Klemm family, owners of Waterwheel Farm, for once again donating their property and allowing all guests to enjoy the festival.


“You couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day,” Schetting said. “Everyone seemed to be in great spirits.”


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