In 2004, Amanda Conkol and husband Chris of Garrettsville opened what many of you now consider a favorite place – Candlelight Winery. It was a long five year process, but for those who want dreams to come true, hard work and determination must be part of that. After a year, and as they were preparing for their first anniversary, their little loved pug Mynde suddenly passed away. As with many sad events, there is often a positive side, and for those who can see that side, they are able to take what appears to be the end and turn it into a new beginning. Thus was born – Pug Day!
Each year on the Winery’s anniversary, the Conkols gather on their lawn with everything set up by the pond, open the winery to all friendly dogs and their owners, and enjoy wine – especially their Pink Pug wine and Pink Pug Sangria – and have lots of fun!
This year the winery celebrates its 9th anniversary this weekend. ”We are so excited for our annual Pug Day on Saturday, August 10 from 2-5 p.m. benefitting Ohio Pug Rescue! As we have in years past, we will celebrate with a huge benefit for Ohio Pug Rescue,” says Amanda.
Here is another wonderful example of what makes Portage County such a great place to live. People like the Conkols who work hard to open a family owned and operated business and then generously share their property to raise fund for others. What a blessing to the community and yet another reason to support local business!
This week, in addition to encouraging you to attend Pug Day 2013, Bow-Wows and Meows wants to highlight the Ohio Pug Rescue so you can see what a great organization you’re ultimately donating to.
The following is from their website, which we hope you’ll take a look at to learn more:
The Ohio Pug Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit all-volunteer organization in existence since 2001 operating a surrender, foster care, and placement program for all needy Pugs in Ohio – no matter their age, condition, or health – as funds and space allow.
We hope that if you decide a Pug is for you, you will consider adopting a rescue dog.
They are wonderful animals who have run into circumstances beyond their control and now find themselves in need of a new home with people who are willing to make a commitment to them for the rest of their lives.
Our adoption policies are designed to ensure that each Pug is placed with a responsible person, someone prepared to make a lifelong commitment, and to avoid the kind of problems that caused the Pug to be brought into rescue in the first place. An important part of the adoption process is to match the lifestyle and needs of the adopter with the personality and behavior of each Pug. If this process seems overly strict, remember that OPR’s first priority is the Pug.
- shed a lot.
- are house pets, NOT kennel dogs and NOT yard dogs.
- must be inside with air conditioning in summer and heat in winter.
- are not guard dogs or watchdogs.
- may bark at strangers.
- are NOT jogging partners. They can overheat and die after 30 minutes in high heat.
- are great with kids.
- are sturdy, not fragile, like many toy breeds.
- do not require a lot of exercise but need daily moderate activity.
- are low-maintenance with little grooming required.
- are natural clowns and love to show-off.
- snore, wheeze, snort, and sneeze.
Though I don’t own pugs, a couple on my street own three. I actually wrote about them HERE on our Portage News Facebook page where I mentioned Pug Day 2013 earlier. ‘Sturdy, natural clowns, and like to show off’ are what I see each time they walk past as you can read about in my post! Such fun little balls of energy this trio is!
Join the Conkols at Pug Day 2013 and enjoy:
- Live music by Steve Vanderink
- Food trucks – Stone Pelican Rolling Cafe and The Rolling Pig (see menus HERE)
- Fresh kettle corn made onsite
- Chinese raffle, 50 / 50 raffle
- Shopping from over 15 great vendors – 31 Gifts, Avon, Hoola Designs, Jamberry, Magnabilities, Mary Kay, Miche, Ohio Pug Rescue, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi, Pink Zebra, Premier Jewelry, Rachels Cozy Pet Beds, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware
Pug Day Cornhole Tournament
Tournament starts around 3 p.m.
$15 entry fee/per team
This is a 50/50 style event where the winner receives 50% of the proceeds and the other 50% goes to Ohio Pug Rescue.
Please reserve your spot ahead of time so we can make sure to have enough cornhole boards: email your name and team name to email@example.com
All leashed and friendly dogs are welcome to this event and the first 25 families with dogs will receive a great doggie door prize!
“Gather your friends, neighbors and dogs and bring them out for a pugnacious time!” says Amanda. “Feel free to bring chairs and blankets as well – we will have quite a few tables and chairs but we are expecting a fantastic crowd! You are more than welcome to bring your own food, we just ask that we supply all beverages.”
Steve Vanderink will be taking a short break after his show at Pug Day and will take the stage again at 7:30. Don’t miss this repeat performance with all of your favorite songs. Then stick around for this summer’s Candlelight Cove light show, starting around 9:40 p.m.
Candlelight Winery 11325 Center Rd. Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 (Nelson Township)
Pug Day 2013
2 – 5 p.m.
Candlelight Winery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m – 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.