KING FERRY — Sunday was a first in many ways for Moravia woman Faye Hacker.
It was the first time Hacker had ever taken part in a paint party, testing her skills at Sunday's Sip 'n' Paint Mother's Day Party at Treleaven by King Ferry Winery. She said she was encouraged by her daughter, Sara Herman, who had previously done a class and thought the winery event would be fun.
Sunday was also the first Mother's Day the two have celebrated without Hacker's mother or father, who both died last year. Hacker said her family traditionally went to her parents' house for dinner on Mother's Day to spend time together.
"We wanted to do something different where we could make new memories," Hacker said before adding, "Family is everything, so to do something with your family, that's what it's all about."
Herman added, "It was something special for us to do together — just the two of us."
Sunday marked the second annual Mother's Day wine and paint party hosted at Treleaven by King Ferry Winery, said Stephy Scaglione, a winery taster.
Around 30 participants were guided through the painting of a sunset by Julianna Paradiso of Wine & Design. Meanwhile, musician Charlie Ellis played an acoustic set from atop the winery's interior balcony, while the King Ferry winery hosted Alexander's Food Truck out of Ithaca for Sunday's event.
Scaglione said paint parties have consistently been a great draw for the winery, adding that Sunday's event was sold out. She said wine relaxes people who may have inhibitions about being creative.
"It's a good way to have a good laugh," Scaglione said. "It's really, I think, more about spending the time together and less about making good art."