Sip and Stars at the Brimfield Winery, 35 Main Street (Route 20) in Brimfield promises a big field, short lines, award winning food, music, and a large parking area. It’s the perfect wide-open spot to view the Perseid’s Meteor Shower at its peak. James Paul will provide musical entertainment in the early hours before sunset. This year you must choose from one of two nights to attend: Wednesday, August 12 or Thursday, August 13 from 6 to 10 pm.
Each adult ticket includes admission, three tastings and one full pour of beer or wine from Brimfield Winery and Rapscallion Brewery. Ticket holders have the option of mixing and matching their choices. Geoff and Kim McLean from Thames Astronomical Society will bring telescopes for up close viewing, which will be accompanied by a laser guided tour of the night sky. Stargazers are invited to pack a picnic supper or they have the option to splurge from the B.T.’s Smokehouse food truck, which will be serving both nights. No outside beverages will be allowed.
This is the sixth year of the summer benefit for Hitchcock Academy, which combines the local area’s favorite libations with a guided tour of the season’s best natural nighttime light show. Tickets are available at hitchcockacademy.org/sip-stars. Adult tickets purchased before August 8 are $20; after August 8 the price is $25. Under 21 tickets are $5 and come with Rapscallion’s special homemade root beer. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, tickets will be limited and it is the reason a second night was added. According to Hitchcock Academy’s Executive Director, Cindy Skowyra, “there is no guarantee of ticket availability at the door.”
Skowyra also noted that there is no rain date but, in the case of overcast skies or a rain interruption, an astronomy talk will be held in the pavilion. All guests must wear a mask for entry and everyone is asked to practice social distancing, which will be no problem considering the spaciousness of the venue.
Hitchcock Academy is grateful to all of the Sip and Stars sponsors especially Cosmic Sponsors: BT’s Smokehouse, Country Bank, Rapscallion Brewery and Brimfield Winery and Galactic Sponsors: First American Insurance and McCurdy Insurance
Bring a blanket. Set up a chair. Don’t forget the bug spray and a flashlight. A red lens for the latter is best, but don’t worry, there will be plenty of red cellophane to cover your flashlight or phone to protect night vision. This is summer’s best opportunity to enjoy fresh air, good music, and the beauty of the night skies.