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 25 at the Redding Senior Citizens’ Hall.
Tickets for the event go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, February 6, at the Shasta Land Trust office.
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. The Prima Donna Bongo Band, a local folk rock trio, 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 original, display-ready paintings and photographs, handmade jewelry, vacation getaways, and handcrafted wooden bowls, chopping blocks, birdhouses, and more 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.
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 “Picnic at the Ranch,” a reference to the working ranchland that Shasta Land Trust focuses on protecting with its conservation easements. To date, the land trust has protected over 21,000 acres of land on seven different ranches in Shasta County.
The emphasis on local only makes sense for an organization that is committed to preserving local landscapes and ways of life, according to Shasta Land Trust Executive Director Ben Miles.
“Shasta Land Trust conservation easements protect important local agricultural lands, which helps support local ranchers and farmers,” Miles said. “We always try to support the local economy through our events and parties, and we’re thrilled to again offer Prather Ranch beef at our Wildways Kickoff party, as well as the local wines and beer!”
Tickets for the Wildways Kickoff party cost $25 and may be purchased beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 6, by calling Shasta Land Trust at (530) 241-7886, visiting the Shasta Land Trust website at 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 Citizen’s hall is located on the bank of the Sacramento River at 2290 Benton Drive.
When: Feb 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Redding Senior Citizens’ Hall
Cost: $25. Tickets on sale February 6, at the Shasta Land Trust office.
-from press release