FINE-ART ARTISANS will offer an exceptional collection of items to see at the Art and Wine Affaire over the Mother's Day weekend. Democrat file photo by Shelly Thorene


An affair to remember

What: El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire

Who: El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado Arts Council

Where: El Dorado Hills Town Center

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day

Cost: No admission, fee for wine and beer tasting



A spectacular display of art, presentation of music and wine tasting in a beautiful setting is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11 at the El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire at El Dorado Hills Town Center.

The El Dorado Hills Optimist Club, the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Arts Council join forces to produce this wonderful Mother’s Day weekend event.

For the 11th annual El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire nearly 100 fine-art artisans will bring their creative wares and more than 25 wineries will be on site for tastings throughout the weekend. There will also be a craft beer area to add to the festivities of the event.

Outstanding live entertainment will be featured both days at the Steven Young Amphitheater in the heart of the center. The rock band The Stone Foxes, The Rhythm Riders with the best in everything that is Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline and the hugely popular Tom Rigney and Flambeau will provide the entertainment.

The core of any rock band worth its salt is a deep respect for the fundamentals — a feel that’s redolent of the scare-the-parents, back country, wild juke joint origins — and an abiding drive to carve out one’s own unique territory. The friction between these impulses is where good things happen, and it’s the place San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes — Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals), Aaron Mort (bass, guitar, vocals), Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) and Elliott Peltzman (Rhodes, organ, piano) — have resided since their 2008 debut. They are young men dedicated to keeping rock engaged and exuberently alive.

“The best classic rock bands are all anomalies. They got away with doing things that hadn’t been done before even if they started playing basic blues. It’s when they started experimenting that they took on their own identities,” said Mort. “We’re trying to do the same thing. You have to and it feels like something that had to happen and happen very naturally.”

The Rhythm Riders’ Johnny Price’s uncanny vocal and physical resemblance to Johnny Cash has marvelled audiences from California to New York to Ireland. Price captures Johnny Cash’s ability to deliver a story and a melody so well, that his audiences feel as though they have had a walk with the Man In Black himself. Price’s versatility also allows him to give convincing performances when singing the classic country favorites of George Jones, Ray Price and Faron Young.

In 2005 Price entered the International Vocalist competition hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada. Out of 5,000 contestants performing in all genres, Price displayed his western roots and vocal ability and placed 18th, proving this country boy can sign.

Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, joined forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco roots music scene to form Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Now entering his second decade at the helm of Flambeau, Rigney has become one of the premier blues and roots music violinists in the world. Hailed as one of the Bay Area’s most formidable bands, Flambeau’s roots-powered sound freely mingles Cajun influences with New Orleans R&B, jazz, traditional Irish music and rock.

 The Art and Wine Affaire is free entry and parking, with fees for wine tasting —$25 per person, per day — and tasting tickets for craft beer.
Hours each day are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the Youth programs of the El Dorado Hills Optimist Club and the El Dorado Hills community outreach programs of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce.

More information about the event can be found at

El Dorado Arts Council

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