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Do the Lucy

Cassie Pence
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It’s once again time to do the Lucy.No one could ever forget the classic scene when Lucy and Ethel cinch up their skirts and step into the grape-stomping vat during the “I Love Lucy” episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie.” You too can feel the sensation of grapes smoosh between your toes Saturday, Sept. 11, at Beaver Liquors’ Harvest Party, the annual food and wine gala that raises money for our furry friends at the Eagle Valley Humane Society. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion.”It’s a chance for me to throw a big party and have a bunch of fun and do something good,” said David Courtney, part-owner of Beaver Liquors in Avon.Tickets are on sale now at Beaver Liquors, and for only $40 a head, which includes dinner and wine, the event will sell out.

“We have so many things in the valley that cost $250 or $125, and I just don’t think you can expect young working people to come up with that kind of money,” said Helen Mcintyre, Humane Society board member and volunteer. “This is a fun evening that seems to attract a bit younger crowd than most of the fund-raisers.”All proceeds go to the Humane Society. Last year the event raised $16,000, Courtney said, and he hopes this year to earn $20,000.The Humane Society uses a majority of the proceeds for its free spay and neuter program, one of the reasons Eagle County can boast that it’s a “no kill” county.”As much as we like cute little kittens, 10 million animals are euthanized in the U.S. each year because there’s no place for them,” said Char Quinn, director of the Humane Society and one of the event’s organizers.Restaurants Ti Amo, Vista, The French Press, Toscanini, Beano’s Cabin, Zach’s Cabin and Route 6 Cafe each create a food dish, and then Courtney spends three weeks selecting wines from around the country and the world to compliment each entree. The dinner is a grazing concept, but no one will leave hungry.”My favorite part of the event is watching the reaction on people’s face when they taste the wine that we picked to go with the food. A lot of people don’t realize how rewarding it is when you can really match food with wine,” Courtney said.

The stomping of the grapes is the real highlight. Guests hop into a big vat and squish the divine fruit that will be made into wine the next day. Every year, guests sample the wine they stomp the year before.”It’s mostly women who squish the grapes,” said Quinn. “The men just watch, wait and wash off their legs and feet.” “They always have the cutest young guys to wash your feet and legs. That’s a plus,” Mcintyre said.The Harry Baxter Band will set the evening to music, which will also feature a silent auction, raffle and wine ring toss. Guests can bid on a ski pass, golf, an Armani jacket or Nuggets tickets. The raffle grand prize is a trip to Washington state to tour the vineyards and wineries.For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Beaver Liquors in Avon at 949-5040.



Get down and squishyHarvest PartySaturday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m.Eagle-Vail PavilionVail Colorado


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