Shasta Land Trust is highlighting local food, local wine and beer, local artists and local businesses at the annual Wildways Kickoff party, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on February 26 at the Redding Senior Citizen’s Hall. Tickets for the event go on sale at 9 a.m. today, February 7, at the Shasta Land Trust office. Click here for a list of events available at the Kickoff party.
For its biggest annual event, the land trust will be serving sliders made with Prather Ranch beef by Kathy’s Deli, a Redding institution located inside Kent’s Meats. Jim Dyar’s Muletown String Band will provide the live music, and the no-host bar will feature wine from local wineries and beer from Sierra Nevada Brewery. Local artists, crafts workers and businesses have donated dozens of paintings, photographs, gift baskets, bird houses and other handmade items for the silent auction and raffle. Doni Chamberlain-Greenberg, publisher of Redding-based online news magazine A News Café, will be mingling and selling raffle tickets, while KRCR News Channel 7 meteorologist Chita Johnson will be helping tend the bar.
Of course, the highlight of the Kickoff is the first opportunity to purchase tickets to exclusive, local Wildways events. These range from bird-watching field trips and guided history strolls to wine tasting events and small group culinary lessons. Wildways event tickets are sold first-come, first-serve, so the earlier you buy your Kickoff tickets, the better chance you’ll have of getting into the most popular Wildways events.
Whether or not you buy tickets for Wildways events, the Kickoff party is always a great time, with plenty of heavy hors d’oeuvres, great beverages and live music in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. This year’s Kickoff party theme is “Gems of the Northstate,” a reference to the seven properties that Shasta Land Trust has helped conserve as open space, agricultural land and wildlife habitat.
The emphasis on local only makes sense for a nonprofit organization that is committed to preserving local landscapes and ways of life, according to Shasta Land Trust Executive Director Ben Miles.
“Prather Ranch cattle graze on the Fenwood Ranch, right along the Sacramento River east of Anderson, as well as at the River Ranch in the Fall River Valley,” Miles said. “Shasta Land Trust holds conservation easements on each of these properties. We’re thrilled to provide local food products raised on those easement properties at the Wildways Kickoff party.”
Tickets for the Wildways Kickoff party cost $25 and may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. today, February 7, by calling Shasta Land Trust at (530) 241-7886, visiting the Shasta Land Trust website at http://www.shastalandtrust.org, or stopping by the office at 1918 West Street in Redding. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event for $30. The Redding Senior Citizens hall is located on the bank of the Sacramento River at 2290 Benton Drive.
-from press release
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