Wanderers Rest Humane Association is getting ready for two upcoming events, one annual and one brand new.
According to Executive Director Glenn Ivers, "Bone Appetit" is expected to grow this year with the help of a "Pride of New York" theme. The annual wine tasting event, to be held April 23 at Cazenovia's Lincklaen House, will also have Assemblyman Bill Magee has an honorary chair.
"Assemblyman Magee is really proud of that (theme)," Ivers said.
The event, which typically draws between 100 and 150 people, will feature New York wines and cheese, prizes and auction items. And in the hopes of growing, Ivers said that plans to talk with Lincklaen House about providing more space.
"We're going to try to grow the number of people," he said. "If we can fill, we'll add a wing for a potential attendance of up to 250."
But, Ivers sees the event as more than a fundraiser.
"Hopefully, it will be one of those evenings where a lot of people connect with each other as a community. It's going to be a lot of fun," he said.
In addition, Ivers is working on a two-day bike ride, a new addition to the organization's usual two a year events. The ride will leave from Verona Beach June 26, traversing Madison County to Colgate for 50 miles the first day. Cyclists will spend the night at Colgate before heading back the next day for another 40 miles.
"We're looking to get 50 riders," Ivers said.
Part of the reason the route to Hamilton was chosen was to connect Wanderers Rest more with the southern portion of the county Ivers said.
"Traditionally, our major presence has been in the north. We're trying to expand our reach," he added. "The rides takes riders through the entire county and shows we are aware of the whole county, how beautiful it is and all the people."
The ride will showcase historical points along the route and will be fully supported with water stops, markings and SAG (stop-and-go) vehicles. Registration is $25 and riders need to raise a minimum of $375 ($700 for two people and room together). Riders may also ride for one day for a minimum of $200.
Money raised from both events will go directly to Wanderers Rest.
"100 percent comes through these doors," Ivers said.
For more information on Wanderers Rest, visit wanderers-rest.com or for more information on the bike ride, visit wanderersride.org.