Becoming a member of the Ghostlight Society doesn’t just mean great concerts. There are a myriad of other perks, including a private winery tour with the Fess Parker Family.

October is a beautiful time of year in the Santa Ynez Valley, setting the scene for a carefree day at the Fess Parker Family Winery with Ghostlight members and friends.

The Sunday sojourn began late in the morning with a chartered bus ride courtesy of Coastal Concierge. Ghostlight members John Gerngross and Cheryl Doty, Katie Dewitt, Brett and Natalie Hodges, and Bailey and Sheila Caldwell all piled into the leather seats. Board members Charles d’LArbre and his wife Barbara, Amy MacLeod and her husband Don, and Lobero staffers David Asbell and his wife Denise, Jim Dougherty, and Brandon Mowery all took in the day with Frank Tabar of Farmers & Merchants Trust and his wife Mariko. Associates board president Mindy Denson also joined with her husband Chris, and their friend and new Branch Manager of Farmers & Merchants Bank, Nolan Nicholson and Hubert Guilliot de Suduiraut.

Upon arriving at the winery, guests were greeted with a toast of Fess Parker’s award-winning Fesstivity – a lovely sparkling white wine perfect for a warm autumn day (and a popular souvenir purchase). The tasting took place in the beautiful barrel room led by Ashley Parker and Tim Snider. Ashley and Tim regaled the group with origin stories of the vineyard and led a tasting of everything from a crispy Viognier through a complex Pinot Noir, and a memorable Cabernet Sauvignon. The Parkers supplied a map to illustrate the growing regions of each wine and explained the different techniques used in each vintage. Afterwards, the group enjoyed a tour of the winemaking facility – a vast warehouse of equipment and forklifts where Tim proudly displayed his technical expertise.

We thank the Fess Parker family for their sponsorship and support, and for their gracious hospitality.

A lovely lunch supplied by Coastal Concierge was served on a private outdoor patio while the Bryan Titus Trio played their special brand of toe-tapping  modern American Roots Music. It was a perfect way to spend a sunny autumn day among friends and fans of the theater.

Thank you to the Fess Parker family for their sponsorship, support, and gracious hospitality.

If you’d like to learn more about the Lobero Ghostlight Society, contact Brandon Mowery at 805.679.6009 or bmowery@lobero.org.