In one weekend, the programming at the Tybee Post Theater included the dramatic movie, “The Florida Project,” the entertaining “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the Rat Pack-era live music show featuring duo Frank & Dean. Talk about choices.
“We like to have something for everybody,” says Melissa Turner, executive director of Tybee Post Theater.
That same idea of offering a wide variety of entertainment and choices went into the programming for this year’s Tybee Wine Festival. The event is April 26 to 28, hosted by and benefiting the nonprofit historic Tybee Post Theater. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, which features three unique food and wine events.
Turner adds that with the 10th anniversary, the festival is bigger than ever.
“And the woman who invented this event, Cindy Meyer, is back as the Tybee Wine Festival chairperson this year, so it’s almost like we have come full circle,” Turner says.
The festival kicks off with a new event, Wine and Dine at the Shrine, from 6-9 p.m. April 26 at the Tybee Lite Shrine Club. It features a Caribbean-themed menu with steel drum music. Tickets are $100.
“This will be a very elegant sit-down dinner,” Turner says. “We’ll start off with cocktail hour overlooking the water; it’s really a beautiful view.”
Next up is the Tybee Post Pickin' and Shuckin' with Bubbles and Beer from 6-9 p.m. April 27 on the theater's lawn. Tickets are $65.
“This event is a bit more casual,” Turner says. “We’ll have oysters and a pig and pulled pork ... And in keeping with that theme, we’ll have live bluegrass music by Spec Hosti.”
The event also gives people a chance to “see the uniqueness of the venue at the Tybee Post Theater," Turner adds.
“The festival is our biggest single fundraiser of the year … It’s only through special events like this, grants and ticketing that we can continue the success of the theater.”
The weekend wraps up with the signature event, The Grand Wine Tasting, from 3-6 p.m. April 28 on the Tybee Island Light Station lawn. Tickets are $60.
Turner says this year will feature their biggest variety of wine samplings and Tybee restaurants, plus music by Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band.
“It’s a great day to spread out a blanket on the lawn and just enjoy the day ... We are really going all out this year.”