More than 1,000 people gathered at Rosemont Vineyards & Winery in La Crosse, Va., on July 5 for the Independence Day Concert & Fireworks Celebration.
Those in attendance brought lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family and enjoyed a night of music, wine, food, and fun. The evening concluded with the release of about 20 lighted sky lanterns, and a fireworks display over the vineyard.
The Feature Attraction Band of South Hill, Va., entertained the crowd with Southern Soul, Motown, Classic Rock, Beach, Top 40, ‘70s Funk, New Country, and more. This is the band’s sixth time playing the event.
Children danced and played on the lawn while the band performed from the front porch of the plantation-style building.
“We love having them back each year, and I think it’s obvious how much this crowd enjoys them. We sold out this year,” said Aubrey Rose, Rosemont’s director of Marketing.
Participants either brought their own food or purchased it from one of three food trucks – Cooper’s Landing, The Cottage Barn, or Carytown Burgers and Fries.
“We try to offer something for everyone and to help promote our other local businesses as well,” said Rose. “Offering a little bit of everything from burgers for the kids to crab dip for the parents, and then ice cream for everyone, helps people feel like they can come and spend their entire evening here.”
Rosemont of Virginia wines as well as craft beer from Buggs Island Brewing Company were sold.
“It’s a great way to get people to reconnect with wines they may not have tried in a while,” said Rose. “We also released two new wines at the concert – LOVE, which is a red blend created for the Virginia Tourism’s 50 Years of Love Campaign, and our latest release of our Brut White, our sparkling wine.”
The winery brought in Buggs Island Brewing so non-wine drinkers would also have an option.
Just before dark, sky lanterns were released.
Dream Fly Aerial Solutions of South Hill, Va., took care of the photography and videography. Their aerial shots, taken with a drone, can be seen on the Rosemont of Virginia Vineyards & Winery Facebook page.
To wrap up the evening, a fireworks display over the vineyard lasted for at least 15 minutes while patriotic music played through the air. This is the sixth year that Rosemont has put on the fireworks display produced by Exiled Motorcycle Club of Bracey, Va.
“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the evening. The weather held out for us, the crowd was awesome, and everyone was in a great mood,” said Rose. “We love that we are able to offer a family-friendly event that people have started to make a part of their Independence Day celebrations, and it has become an event that people don’t want to miss year after year. It’s humbling to hear just how much people appreciate and enjoy the entire event. We’re already looking forward to next year on July 3rd!”