Springtime at Patoka

Clear water running over rocks underfoot- it's the sound of Spring in Southern Indiana. As dogwood trees bud, daffodils open, and waterfalls flow, the natural world calls us to shake off the sedentary snooze of winter and come out to play. The question is no longer, "what can we do?" but "where do you want to explore today?"

If you've never hiked Hemlock Cliffs, get ready for an adventure for the young and old alike. Along a mile-long hiking trail adventurers will find creeks of clean water, two waterfalls, multicolored rock and boulders to climb.  

Google it, Hemlock Cliffs, it's gorgeous. Bring a picnic and friends, or just your leashed companion for an afternoon of stunning scenery.  The simple water over rocks creates a soundtrack for rejuvenation. 

Finish your outdoorsy day with a glass of wine on the porch with us at Patoka Lake Winery and Uncork the Possibilities. Click here for directions to Hemlock Cliffs from Patoka Lake Winery.


Dash for the Glass 5K supports Local Military surrounding Patoka Lake

On November 4th, 194 racers trekked through Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area (better known as the property surrounding Patoka Lake) in honor of current troops and Indiana veterans.  The idea for a 5K began as a desire to bring people out to Patoka Lake Winery on an autumn afternoon and quickly grew to a race with a mission to serve those who continually serve.

The cause hit home for many, including State Representative Stephen Bartels, co-owner of Patoka Lake Winery.  “Having a father killed in Vietnam, my 22 years of Military service and now a son serving as a combat medic has given me a deep sense of duty to help our veterans in need, and also extend that support to the families” shared Representative Bartels. The goal of the 5K was to send a resounding Thank you! to the veterans, spouses, children, and other family members who sacrifice before during and after deployment.


“We wanted this to be more than a run.  We wanted people to love the event so that we can continue to raise support year after year,” says Race Director, Rachel Lorett.  “I didn’t foresee the huge amount of support and community involvement we ended up with; it’s amazing." 

With almost 30 sponsors, multiple volunteers, and additional staff working to make the day a success, the race commenced with an after-party inside Patoka Lake Winery’s event center.  Food vendors offered hot samples of their products while music kept the crowd entertained. Ages of racers included 5th graders all the way to over 61. Those 21 and over received a glass of wine after crossing the finish line.

Following the race, Patoka Lake Winery donated the proceeds (over $3,500 divided evenly) to three different organizations: HHC 1-151 Family Readiness Group, Honor Flight Southern Indiana, and Team Red White & Blue. The Ferdinand/Jasper chapter of Team Red White and Blue will receive two electric clay target throwers and supplies for their social gatherings to promote connections between veterans and the local community.

Mark your calendars for next year's race: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Not Just Another 5K

Did you know there's a 5K happening on Saturday, November 4th at Patoka Lake Winery? Wine and running, sure they go together. But why a 5K? There are plenty of races to choose from in Southern Indiana. In answer to the “why”, imagine this:

You find out that your spouse’s job is going to take them to a dangerous part of the world for about a year. No exact length of time, just a time frame. This is the farthest distance and longest time you’ve been apart in 26 years of marriage. Your spouse will be armed; you’re thinking it’s time you’re armed, or it’s at least time to get a big dog.  And the out-of-state training begins next month. Oh, and you’re raising a teenager.


This is your neighbor’s story,  your best friend’s news, your nephew’s announcement.  This is why we run. The sudden seemingly single parent households. Even if we don’t experience it the same way- all the stress, anxiety and fear associated with the upheaval of deployment and reintegration- we run to support.  We are for connection and community.

We race to say, “We know your soldier isn’t the only one sacrificing.”  

We can’t say thank you enough for giving up the shared memories of birthdays, anniversaries, school performances, ball games and holidays with your loved one for this period of time. Thank you for sharing your family for all of our families. We live in the land of the free because of ALL the sacrifices made.

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This one’s for you, Momma. Thanks for your patience, your courage and your strength before, during and after Dad’s deployment.

Who are you running for?

November 4th, 2017   2PM

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