"Ladies Day Out" provides passport to a special day

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Three wineries and a landscape company, along with a chartered bus and happy hour are on tap for "Ladies Day Out" on June 23.

The day, sponsored by the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders, will give women a chance to enjoy a day catered to their interests.

"Our chapter does a lot for the farmers and the producers, so we just wanted to do something especially for women this time," said Brittany Hemme, advisor of the Agri-Leaders.

A chartered bus will leave Santa Fe Elementary School in Waverly at 11 a.m. headed to Cripple Creek Rock Company in North Kansas City.

Cripple Creek boasts a seven-acre outdoor showroom which includes a 100,000 gallon water feature, outdoor fire pits, outdoor kitchen and a state-of-the-art lodge. The site was picked because so many woman enjoy seeing new landscaping ideas, Hemme said.

"This is a place you can go and get ideas and see fun things and pick out something for your yard," she said.

After a personal tour and lunch at there, participants travel back towards mid-Missouri, with stops at Terre Beau Winery in Dover and Fahrmeier Farms near Lexington. At 5 p.m. the bus will arrive back at Baltimore Bend Winery of Waverly in time for happy hour. A live band will be playing until 6 p.m., when the wine-tasting room closes and a private dinner for the tour group will be served.

"After that we will have the winery to ourselves," she said. The supper, catered by Plowboy's BBQ will be served at 6 p.m.

The Missouri Wine and Grape Board donated "goody bags" for each woman which include a

Country Wine Passport. That helped Hemme and the board pick the day's designations.

"Each winery that you visit they put a stamp in it, just like a real passport," explained Hemme. "After you get four stamps you go on the Missouri Wine website and you redeem those stamps for prizes. The more stamps you get the better the prize."

"Ladies Day Out" participants will already have three by the end of the day.

"After I knew we were going to get those passports donated, I thought it would be fun to get each women as many stamps in their passport as we could," Hemme said.

Since it is a long bus ride to and from Kansas City, Becky Plattner will serve as emcee.

"She'll be entertaining us on the bus ride," Hemme said. "I'm sure you know she will keep things lively."

The cost for the day is $20 per person, which includes two meals, transportation and the stops. It will also include a membership to the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders, which is the state's largest chapter of the Missouri Young Farmer's Association. Participants can either mail a check in or pay when they board the bus.

Information for "Ladies Day Out" is available on their website at www.santafeagrileaders.org.

"Everything people need to know is on our website, they can register there and see our whole agenda," said Hemme.

Pre-registration is open right now and Hemme emphasizes the importance of pre-registering by June 18, so they will have a fairly correct count for transportation and food. However, if a few people register late or show up for the bus that morning, they would still be welcomed.

Other upcoming Agri-Leaders events include the second annual Golf Tournament at Indian Foothills Park in Marshall on August 2. On Aug. 7, the annual plot tour will be held near the high school.