I’m still getting used to my new hometown of Smyrna, DE but I’ve made some very nice new friends. Through one of these new friends, I received an invitation to the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association’s annual wine tasting fundraiser. The fundraiser included a couple tables piled with an assortment of homemade foods and desserts (there are a LOT of really good cooks here in town apparently), an extremely tasty sweet red wine (there were dry wines as well, but I have a sweet tooth), and an auction to benefit the Renaissance Association. The people attending were very friendly and inviting, as virtually everyone I’ve met here in Delaware has been. They made me feel welcomed and right at home.

The event was held at Painted Stave Distilling, a small distillery producing premium craft gins, vodkas and whiskeys with playful names such as Time Warp Espresso Vodka, Old Cooch’s Corn Whiskey, Candy Manor Gin and Silver Screen Vodka. The distillery is housed in the old Smyrna Theater, and the building retains wonderful hints of its past life, with a decorative ceiling and art deco wall sconces. Ron and Mike, the Painted Stave’s co-owners, are friendly and great hosts. It shows that they are passionate about their craft and proud of refurbishing / re-purposing a great old building.

Since the building used to be an old movie theater, it seemed appropriate to do all but a few of the images in black and white.

All images © Colleen D. Gjefle