Published in the March 15 – 28, 2017 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Mark Fenichel

Mark Fenichel

The local wineries are once again joining forces to present their Spring Passport Weekend event March 17, 18 and 19. This is when many of the Santa Clara Valley wineries come together and feature food, wine tasting, barrel tasting, discounted prices on select wines, and some even offer live local music to enjoy while you relax and sip their fine wines.

As a Passport holder, you have the opportunity to meet the talented winemakers and staff of the Santa Clara Valley’s family-owned wineries, and learn how they produce some of the world’s finest wines. You can expect up to four one-ounce pours at each winery you visit during the weekend.

One price will get you entrance to all the participating wineries and includes the tastings. Each winery you visit will use a unique stamp on their designated page in your passport booklet to commemorate your valued participation, much like an entry visa. Some of the wineries offering live music include Sunlit Oaks Winery in Gilroy presenting me, Mark Fenny & Friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. I will be playing acoustic blues, rock nostalgia, folk, country and original compositions. On Sunday Sunlit Oaks will offer “The Northern Rebels” rocking throughout the afternoon.

In Morgan Hill, Morgan Hill Cellars is presenting the band “Four Of Hearts” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sunday it’s “One Country” featuring American Country Roots and Classic Country music from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Lion Ranch Winery in San Martin has music both days with Kevan Smedt Saturday and Sunday it’s one of Gilroy’s favorite husband and wife duos Jeff & Julie Strametz.

For more information and details on acquiring a passport, visit

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On March 29 the Morgan Hill Unified School District will be presenting a band concert featuring bands from Sobrato, Live Oak, Martin Murphy, Britton and Jackson schools. The Jazz Band kicks it off at 6 p.m. and the full band concert goes takes place from 7 to 9 p.m.

There will be food available from Jimmy P’s Pizza and Kona Ice, with raffle tickets available for purchase prior to the event. It will be an evening filled with music hosted by the Sobrato Music Association at Sobrato High Gym, 401 Burnett Ave. Admission to this event is free and the entire family is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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The next major Morgan Hill Unified School District event features the Sobrato Marching Band. It is their Goodwill Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 22, at Sobrato High School’s parking lot. They are asking you to bring your unwanted clothes, books, electronics, small appliances and exercise equipment in any condition. Help them fill the trailer to raise money for new instruments and additional uniforms. They do not accept furniture or large appliances or any single item over fifty pounds.

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On another note, the “One Country” band will be making two Morgan Hill appearances in one weekend. In addition to their show at Morgan Hill Cellars Sunday afternoon (mentioned in this column), you can see them from 8 to 11 p.m. March 18 at GVA Cafe. If you were lucky enough to see the acoustic version of this band at the last Taste of Morgan Hill you will want to see them at one of these two shows with the full band. The show is free.

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