Natural Charm

Little  Ky. River Winery adds
‘Enchanted Forest’ to amenities

Bedford area winery invites
public to enjoy ‘Fourth’ events

BEDFORD, Ky. (July 2013) – Families coming to picnic in The Little Kentucky River Winery’s Enchanted Forest may get a special surprise on Fourth of July weekend. Winery owners David and Teresa Weyler have rescued a baby deer that freely roams the Enchanted Forest and occasionally wanders into the winery pavilion when music is being played.            

Teresa Weyler

Photo provided

Teresa Weyler poses in
the newly established Enchanted Forest at The Little Kentucky
River Winery near Bedford.

“David called me one day and said we have a new pet,” Teresa Weyler said. “He found a baby buck standing next to his mother who had been killed by a car. We went online to learn how to care for him.”
Appropriately named Corky, the fawn is a perfect fit to the “back to nature” goals of the winery, located at 3289 Hwy. 421 S. just south of Bedford, Ky.
As for the Enchanted Forest, “I wanted a place where people could hike a short distance and get back to nature,” Weyler said. “When I started work up there, it just felt enchanted. I wanted to create special little nooks where people could take a picnic, get away and simply enjoy nature.”
The enchantment of the forest extends the entire area of The Little Kentucky River Winery property. Teresa Weyler serves wine in a rustic timber frame pavilion that is also a musical entertainment center. It was built from wood cut and milled from their land and stone from their creeks. Both the pavilion and the Enchanted Forest are in a constant state of evolution.
“Everything we have in the Enchanted Forest and the pavilion is from second hand stores,” she said. “We want to use the resources of the land and repurpose everything that we bring in from outside. I want this to keep evolving so each time people come back they will see something new. “
Weyler said she hopes to eventually host special candle lit parties complete with white linen tablecloths in the Enchanted Forest area. Her newest addition is signs for the first marked trail, which winds through the woods for 3/4 mile and back to the winery. 
“It’s a beautiful walk,” she added. “We encourage parents to take their kids for a nice hike in the woods, or go fishing on the Little Kentucky River.”
The property, under wildlife management for more than 10 years, is abundant with wildlife. 
However, the opportunity to see Corky the deer in those woods may not last much longer.
“We are actively working to transition Corky back to the wild,” she said. “He spends his days in the woods and comes back home for his dinner.  He is already spending nights in the woods.”
 For the Fourth of July weekend, the entertainment will take visitors back to nature and the roots of Americana music.
Appalachian dulcimer player John Sheckler will play mountain standards, such as “Old Joe Clark,” but with a few twists. His performances are done in the interactive style of street musicians and he carries a bag of percussion instruments, so it is not uncommon for members of the audience, especially children, to join him on stage.
“John does a really good job of interacting with his audience,” Weyler said.
One of the most popular songs he has written is “Pretty Barn,” a crazy sing-along that works equally well with adults or children. “One of my great joys is when I can get children to join in the music,” Sheckler said.
“We want to encourage visitors to bring a picnic and take the short walk up to our Enchanted Forest for a picnic,” Weyler said. “Wherever they go, they can still hear the music from the pavilion.”
The Little Kentucky River Winery is a true country vineyard and winery. It is a place of tranquility sure to provide an exceptional country experience. It offers a peaceful setting to relax, socialize, and enjoy a taste of true country charm and southern hospitality.
The winery is conveniently located within 20 miles of the cities of Bedford, New Castle, Eminence, La Grange and Madison, Ind., and only 45 minutes from Louisville, and one hour from Cincinnati or Lexington.
The Little Kentucky River Winery opens at noon each Saturday and Sunday. The Fourth of July weekend performance by Sheckler will be in the pavilion from 4-7 p.m. Saturday.

• For more information, call the winery at (502) 235-9531 or visit: www.thelittlekentuckyriverwinery.com/wp/. For information about John Sheckler, visit: www.facebook.com/NotYourGrannysDulcimer.

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