Annual W.I.N.O. Radio Dinner Show

The Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble featuring Glenn Houston is appearing as part of the W.I.N.O. Radio Dinner Show at Bedford Winery.

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The Bedford Winery Players return to Los Alamos for the 14th annual W.I.N.O. Radio Dinner Show from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29.

The original production embraces the excitement and spontaneity of live, radio dinner theater of yesteryear, and has been touted as an uptempo "Prairie Home Companion" -- on wine.

Each year the show has a different theme and a completely new script that is performed only once. For 2016, the Bedford Radio Players will present “Make America Grape Again!” hosted by Fred “Garrison” Sanders.

The program is a compilation of entertainment featuring the folk and bluegrass music of Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble. Comedy skits include another installment in the Adventures of Peno Noir, Wine Detective series, and cameo appearance by the comical, if slightly tipsy, Captain Bucky, a salty barnacled creation of puppeteer Kevin Carlson.

Other highlights include the smartphone challenge where guests can win prizes utilizing their cellphones.

There will be a costume contest and prizes.

“This our favorite event of the year," said Stephan Bedford. "The show belongs on the big stage, and we are lucky to have such massive talent here in an intimate setting. It has a low-tech, high-fun factor that’s off the charts. No CGI here, but you are welcome to bring 3-D glasses if it amuses you."

Prior to the show, Bedford and his culinary team will prepare a wine country harvest dinner to complement Bedford wines.

Festivities begin with a reception at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and the performance. It takes place under the stars in the Bedford Winery Courtyard at 448 Bell St. in Los Alamos. 

The Bedford Radio Players is a diverse collection of professional actors, musicians, puppeteers, directors and writers from Los Angeles who have offered upscale theater entertainment at Bedford Winery events since the mid-1990s.

For reservations, call 805-344-2107 or email tastingroom@bedfordwinery.com.

This report was compiled by Mary Ann Norbom. You can reach her at mnorbom@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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