Every Friday night, the always bustling Shady Brook Farm turns into an end-of-the-work-week oasis with their free outdoor wine concerts. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we felt the fun, relaxing vibe radiating from the fields. Laughter and conversation hummed through the air atop a set of throwback jams belted by The Brian DiBiagio Band.
Part of the reason that the crowd is able to truly kick back & relax is that Shady Brook provides a one-stop shop for everything you could want to enjoy an evening among friends. There are a wide variety of Rose Bank wines available to sample; we decided on a crisp bottle of Vidal Blanc. Burgers & hot dogs are sold hot off the grill while farm favorites like corn in the cob are fresh for the picking. The Market at Shady Brook provides tons of other options for fresh food and sandwiches while Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream provides dessert.
While everything you could want is just footsteps away, the environment feels incredibly intimate, almost like you’re at a family BBQ. While we didn’t know anyone else at the concert, we ended up talking to other locals sharing our table. While the adults are able to enjoy the scenery, music, and conversation, children keep busy at the huge playground a few feet away.
You could almost see the stress of the work week melting off everyone as the night progressed. Time flew and before we knew it, the Brian DiBiagio Band cranked out their last few crowd-pleasers, and we were on our way home without a worry in the world.