Contrary to popular belief, the fun doesn’t stop when the temperature drops along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. One particular member winery continues to offer exciting experiences throughout the winter months. Treleaven, located along the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in King Ferry, has a full schedule of fun to-dos for the weekends to come.

"Once harvest season wraps up at the wineries, things normally slow down and people hunker down for the winter. We wanted to give both the locals and those visitors braving the Finger Lakes winter weather something fun and unique to do. There is something for everyone — from wine lovers to beer lovers, movie-goers or football fans — there will always be something happening at Treleaven that will help fight cabin fever during the chilly months” said Treleaven Marketing Manager Michelle Kokot.

Back by popular demand are Wine & Movie Nights. Spend chilly winter evenings in a cozy barrel-room-turned-movie-theater. Round up your friends and family, bring a blanket and sip on delicious wine or beer while enjoying the evening’s feature film — the Treleaven staff promises you no previews and all the wine you can drink!

The remainder of the season will feature three Friday flicks, and six Saturday films. The schedule began on Friday, Nov. 18, and continues every Saturday through Dec. 17. After a two-week hiatus to celebrate the holidays, the event will resume on Friday, Jan. 6. There will be five showings in the new year, including three Friday evenings.

General admission is $7.50, with children 12 and under admitted for $5. Concessions, wine and beer will be available for purchase. The winery will welcome guests for tastings until 6:45 p.m., and the feature film will follow with a start time of 7 p.m. The tasting room will remain open throughout the movie if guests wish to purchase a beverage or snacks.

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The remaining 2016 schedule is as follows: Dec. 10: "It’s A Wonderful Life" and Dec. 17: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Check the Treleaven Facebook page for 2017 dates and movies. Limited seating is available, so be sure to make reservations! Another tip: Get there early so that your entire group can sit together!

The excitement doesn’t end on Saturday night either! Cue Sunday Funday, where the barrel room will be transformed into a "sports bar" every Sunday for football. Cheer on your favorite football team at Treleaven this winter.

Everything you could want while watching the day’s games will be a short 25-minute drive from both Ithaca and Auburn. The Treleaven barrel room will be equipped with four 55-inch high-definition televisions, as well as a large 16-by-9-foot projector screen with surround sound that will display the most anticipated regular season games at 1 and 4 p.m. There will be multiple seating options available, including comfortable couches and high-top tables.

“At the beginning of September we began to see more football jerseys come through the tasting room,” said Lev Saltonstall, vice president of Treleaven. “In this area, there are not many options for sports fans if they want to go out to watch the game, so we thought our barrel room would be a fun setting for people to hang out with friends and cheer on their favorite team.”

The weekly event will run every Sunday through Dec. 18, before taking a two-week hiatus to celebrate the holidays. Come post-season play in the new year, the winery will show three full weekends of playoff action.

The football-filled days will feature DJs keeping the atmosphere fun as they play music during the commercial breaks. Local favorite 1010BBQ will be serving pub-style food, and Treleaven will supply the beverages. There will be more to offer than just wine — local craft beer and domestic brews will be on tap, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Jersey or no jersey, all are welcome at Treleaven!

Please call (315) 364-5100 or email info@treleavenwines.com for movie tickets. Be sure to visit Treleaven’s Facebook page for the full game schedule and for any game-day promotions they may be offering. Hut, hut, hike!

Cassandra Harrington is the executive director of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. For more information, visit cayugawinetrail.com.

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