Wine dinners are early kick off for August’s Opera Weekend

Robert Mack, Opera Noire General Director in New York City Opera's "Madama Butterfly" as Goro. — Photo by Carol Rosegg

The Sweet Life Café in Oak Bluffs will host three wine dinners — on May 31, June 6, and June 13 — in honor of the new Opera Weekend produced by Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater and Opera Noire of New York, to be held at Featherstone in Oak Bluffs.

The dinners launch the August Opera Weekend, to be held at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs. The first dinner, May 31, will be attended by Anne Gallagher, winner of the Creativity Award, which celebrates a Martha’s Vineyard leader who has maintained extraordinary commitment to Island arts and artists.

Sweet Life owner Pierre Guerin says this will be Sweet Life’s all-time favorite Veuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner, featuring a four-course dinner with five different champagnes from the renowned “Maison de Champagne.”

The dinner on Wednesday, June 6, features Jean Trimbach from the very famous Alsace vine region in France. The Trimbach family’s wine-growing activities date back as far as 1626 through 12 generations, and Sweet Life will pair their fabulous white wines with a four-course dinner.

Finally, the restaurant will finish with a Burgundy wine dinner on Wednesday, June 13, with wines from the prestigious portfolio of Robert Karscher Selection.

Tickets for the Champagne Dinner are $120 per person and $95 for the Wine Dinners (tax and gratuity not included), and can be reserved by calling The Sweet Life Café at 508-696-0200. Space is limited.

Ms. Gallagher, a resident of East Chop and Marco Island, Fla., majored in art at Bennington College and lived for many years in Lincoln. During this time, she lectured on many topics for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She continues her love of the fine arts by leading the exclusive Tom Maley Life Class, a life-drawing class that meets at Featherstone every Tuesday.

Her art collection is featured in Diane McManus Jensen’s 2010 book, “The Art of Collecting.” She says one of her favorite projects was helping master painter Allen Whiting put together his book, “Allen Whiting: A Painter at Sixty.”

“Anne has been an energetic and enthusiastic patron of mine for many years, as she has been for many artists and the arts in general on the Island,” Mr. Whiting said. “She was the first on board with support for our book project. I feel indebted to her and am glad we’re friends.”

The Opera Gala honoring Ms. Gallagher on Friday, August 3 at 6 pm, includes champagne, hors d’oeuvres, the Creativity Award presentation, an opera performance of Puccini’s comic masterpiece “Gianni Schicchi,” followed by dinner. “Gianni Schicchi” stars Opera Noire of New York’s Robert Mack and Kenneth Overton and ensemble cast, teamed with Maestro Willie Waters and Director/Choreographer Wendy Taucher.

Additional performances of the one-hour opera will take place at Featherstone on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, at 7 pm, rain or shine.

Tickets range from $15 to $300. For information and to purchase tickets for the opera events, contact Ms. Taucher at 646-872-7249;, or visit