The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival committee is working on this year’s version of the popular festival, even with the COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings. To keep the festival in the minds and hearts of its many patrons, HART for Animals (HART) and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) will hold a “Wine & Weekend” Raffle. The five prizes offered include lodging, dinners, and outdoor activities, and two tickets to the 2021 Art & Wine Festival. Each prize is valued at over $1,000. Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold until September 30 at $100 each, which includes a $10 discount to the 2021 festival.

The Art & Wine Festival, now in its 16th year, is the top fundraiser for both HART and GLAF, raising over $30,000 for each organization.

“The ‘Wine & Weekend Raffle’ will be a way to keep the festival in the minds of our patrons while providing much-needed funds for our worthy organizations,” says Mary Callis, Executive Director of GLAF. “GLAF performances, for the most part, have been canceled, and these funds will ensure a 2021 season which transcends COVID.”

Combined, the festival provides a total of $60,000 each year toward GLAF’s and HART’s missions. “The cost to house one animal in our Adoption Wing averages $450 per month. The Art & Wine Festival allows us to assess, provide behavior modification, feed, shelter, and provide veterinary assistance to our once-homeless animals,” says Paula Yudelevit of HART.

The five different packages showcase a uniquely Deep Creek experience including a Fly-fishing lesson and guide, rounds of golf at three local courses, a ski package, and pontoon boat rental – with lodging and gift cards to local restaurants.

Sponsors of the “Wine & Weekend Raffle include McHenry Beverage, Solnet, Taylor-Made Vacations, Taco Bell, and First United Bank.

“Wine & Weekend” prize package details and raffle tickets are available through September 30 at