Merritt Estate Winery is one of the official sponsors of the Jills and for the 29th straight year, they're hosting the Strawberry Festival the weekend of June 13-14. This year, the Jills will be there for the festival that takes place from noon-11pm on the 13th and noon-6pm on the 14th. It takes place in Forestville so be sure to have a dedicated driver if you plan to do a lot of wine-tasting...it would be one expensive cab ride. Included as part of the festival are live performances by a number of music acts from Western NY and a lot of live and silent auction items up for bid to raise money for Ruben's Run, the charity of former Bills All-Pro G Ruben Brown. Included in the auction items are gift certificates, autographed football memorabilia, dinner with Ruben Brown, Rob Ray, or the lovely Lydia from CW23 and 4 tickets to the Jills Golf Tournament among many other things. Read more about it at http://buffalojills.net/appearances/details.php?recordID=25 and http://merrittestatewinery.com/page/53/calendar.aspx
Finally, if the way the Bandits season ended left you wanting more, head over to Cobblestone Bar on June 23rd where they'll be showing the NCAA Men's Division One Final Four Lacrosse on the TV screens in an event to help bring lacrosse to the city's underprivileged youth. It's a $20 donation for the event that includes food from 1-3 and the bartenders won't all be Cobblestone's usual ones. Some of the Bandits players will be filling in behind the bar for this worthwhile event that also includes appearances by some of the Bandettes.