It’s not good to see firefighters toil in proximity to high heat. Unless they’re cooking!
Such was the case Saturday evening at Alexander Valley’s Clos du Bois Winery, scene of a special, collaborative benefit dinner-dance called Wine Country to the Rescue.
The hardy, caring souls who operate the Geyserville, Cloverdale and Healdsburg fire companies hosted the gathering to raise money to purchase an essential piece of equipment that the three departments will share. It’s a $75,000 air compressor rig for refilling firefighters’ air packs at the scene of a blaze.
As guests arrived at Clos du Bois on Saturday afternoon, they drank in the enchanting view, chose among the myriad silentauction treasures on display in a tent and pondered which of about 50 premium local wines they’d like in their glass.
The partnering firefighters prepared and served dinner out in the open air. Then the guests of Wine Country to the Rescue welcomed onto the stage county Supervisor Mike McGuire, who displayed his considerable talents as an auctioneer.
With the bidding finished and the dishes cleared, the half-California, half-Tennessee band Whiskey Dawn struck the first chords of music that drew folks to the dance floor like north county firefighters to a menacing flame.