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Rare Opportunity: Sample Wine & Enjoy the Watershed

Feb 23, 2017 12:01PM ● By Erica Shames
One feel-good aspect to living in Central Pennsylvania is the desirable mix of friendly people, concerned citizenry, the iconic Susquehanna River, wealth of history and high quality agriculture yielding exceptional food and wine. Your opportunity to imbibe all of it is coming April 22nd--Earth Day!

Join us!
It's not too early to mark your calendar and buy tickets to the Bridges Over Troubled Water Wine and Covered Bridge tour. Part of the mission is to make people aware of issues facing the health of the Susquehanna River watershed. The tour will take as many as 55 participants to historic covered bridges while spotlighting regional wineries to forge a connection between the health of our waterways and the well-being of our agriculture industry.

"As we go from wineries to lunch to the covered bridges, we'll call attention to some of the concerns we pass along the way," explained Carol Parenzen, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, who organized the event. "Whether it's stream impairment or dams that are blocking natural fish and aquatic life movement up and down the river; and even pipeline issues."

People in the know
Our Riverkeeper will be joined on the bus by Gary Grant, Ph.D. CSW (Certified Specialist in Wine) and founder/educator and wine buyer for the Kiken Family Wine Studies Program at Bucknell University.

Additionally, watershed project specialists and covered bridge historians will meet the group at various points along the way, providing insight into the background of the iconic bridges and the importance of preserving and protecting our environment to ensure there will be local wine to sip for many years to come.

"We have a saying: 'No Water, No Wine,'" said Parenzan. "If we don't have clean, healthy water and air, we don't have the vineyards."

Time for fun and frivolity!
Bridges Over Troubled Water also is an opportunity for people to get out on the watershed and have fun! "I want people to see the beauty of the river, the tributaries and the mountains and embrace that," added Parenzan. "By taking people out on the watershed, it allows them to connect personally with what they love."

A highlight of the tour is a learning lunch at Le Jeune Chef restaurant in Williamsport, focused on food and Pennsylvania wine pairing. 

Seating is limited and tickets, including a light breakfast, snacks from Salty and Baked (including fish-shaped pretzel twists topped with cinnamon sugar for part of our breakfast treat and Rocky River chocolate chip cookies for the afternoon snack), lunch and all wine tastings, are $95 each, are going fast. To reserve your seat, call (570) 768-6300 or visit Susquehanna Life magazine is co-sponsor of the event. 

(This information is excerpted from an article appearing in the Spring 2017 issue of Susquehanna Life magazine; publication date March 8. Order your copy at

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