What: Save Water, Drink Wine fundraiser
When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
Where: The Barn Nursery, 1801 E. 24th St. Place
Note: Tickets may be purchased online or onsite
Save Water, Drink Wine, a fundraiser that sets a winter wine-tasting within the tropical temps of a greenhouse, will take place at The Barn Nursery on Saturday, Feb. 2.
This midwinter getaway will offer guests the opportunity to tour the greenhouses while enjoying Argentinean wines from Panoram Imports and other vintages, paired with tapas and cheeses provided by Whole Foods.
Dan Landrum will entertain the crowd with his hammered dulcimer, and The Barn will raffle a garden planter. Wine and gardening experts will be on hand.
Proceeds will support Caribbean SEA and TenneSEA, sister organizations working to tackle clean water issues at the grassroots level in the Caribbean and the Tennessee Valley.
Environmental scientist and educator Mary Beth Sutton founded Caribbean SEA eight years ago in an effort to inspire young people in the Caribbean countries of St. Lucia, Dominica, Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao and Jamaica to protect their water.
"Many places in the Caribbean don't have sewage treatment or controls for erosion or sewage," says Sutton. "We work within the communities to help them deal with these problems. If our work is going to be sustainable, it has to start from within the community."
However, water pollution is not only a concern in the Third World countries of the Caribbean. In the Tennessee Valley, rivers and streams are also contaminated due to faulty sanitation systems and pollution from industry.
"The Southeast is a hotspot for aquatic biological diversity, and yet our waterways have become some of the most imperiled ecosystems in the United States," according to Sutton.
That's why she expanded clean water programs to Chattanooga three years ago through the creation of the Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance. TenneSEA provides stormwater education programs, water monitoring activities for schools and communities, and Kids 4 Clean Water camp programs each summer.