080913 Jazz with Locally-Made Wine and Chocolate at the Black Swan Inn (288)

TILTON — A  Chickering baby grand piano will be brought to life by Benjamin O'Brien, a musician from Laconia at the Black Swan Inn in Tilton on Saturday evening, August 10 from 6-9 p.m.

Inspired by Bill Evans, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, O'Brien will be playing the standards as well as some upbeat swing and some smooth ballards. O'Brien's talents range from piano, singing, to guitar playing, to even church organ. A 2012 UNH graduate, O'Brien is currently the music director at St. Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia as well as the music teacher at Holy Trinity school in Laconia.

Complimentary wines from two local wineries will be offered to listeners. Hermit Woods, a small boutique winery that opened in Sanbornton in 2011, is offering a red wine made from their second harvest from their young, organic vineyard. This selection is a field blend of their grapes combined with local, wildflower, raw and unfiltered honey to balance the high acidity of the grapes.

Stone Gate Vineyard in Gilford has been open commercially for six years, having planted their first grapes 13 years ago. They will be offering a sweeter dessert red wine. Owners Jane and Peter Ellis plan to retire and announced this to be their final season with the winery. However, they will continue to grow grapes for other wineries.

In addition, Rick's Fine Gourmet Chocolates in Laconia will be providing a variety of gourmet chocolate truffles, and Maureen Raiche, former owner of R & K Sweet Sensations in Dover, will be making chocolate covered strawberries and raspberries along with handmade dark chocolate swans, all complimentary to attendees.

There is a $17 admission fee. For more information, call the Black Swan Inn at 603-286-4524.