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For Immediate Release:
September 16, 2013
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Sheila Stieglitz

Cathy Guerra

Aussies, Kiwis and Didgeridoos at the Deering Estate Foundation's 12th Annual ''Wine on Harvest Moon'' Presented by South BMW

Creating sustainable Miami-Dade parks and fulfilling the goals of the County’s Green Print Plan

The Deering Estate Foundation’s 12th annual signature fundraising event, “Wine On Harvest Moon” (WOHM) presented by South BMW, transports guests to the Land Down Under through the ‘fine wines, fine food and fine art’ of Australia and New Zealand. The unique cultural experience takes place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler located at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue. With a little imagination and a bit of techno magic, one can surf Bondi Beach, climb Sydney’s Bridge or pose in front of the famous Opera House! 

Regionally influenced food and wine highlight the evening, with Crown Wine & Spirits pouring varieties that include Rosemount Shiraz and Penfolds THE Chardonnay. Distinctive Aussie and Kiwi cuisine is prepared by chefs from Smith & Wollensky, Red Fish Grill, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, George's in South Miami, Morton’s the Steakhouse - Coral Gables, Shula’s 347, Devon Seafood + Steak, Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab House, Paella Party and Whole Foods Market Coral Gables.

Embracing the culture of Australia, Miami native Jared Bistrong performs on the Didgeridoo, an ancient Aborigine ceremonial instrument that dates back 40,000-60,000 years. Using local bamboo and palm trees to make his own instruments, Bistrong shares the music of the indigenous people far removed from today's computer generated sounds. The entertainment is ongoing and adding to the excitement of the evening are plans for a pyro-technic New Zealand-style Maori dance, strolling musicians and singers from FIU School of Music, and an instrumental performed by saxophone player Fernando Diez, of KC & the Sunshine Band. 

Complementing the entertainment is a mixed-media group art exhibition Back of Beyond, curated by Jane Hart.  The show’s title is taken from an Australian expression referring to a point furthest from known lands, past civilization and into the realm of one’s imagination. Participating artists were encouraged to seek inspiration from the Land Down Under, the people’s spirit of adventure, and also from Jonathan Swift’s literary classic “Gulliver’s Travels,” with its imaginary voyages into uncharted places. The talented line up of artists accepting the challenge include: TJ Ahearn, Bhakti Baxter, Maryrose Crook (NZ), April Dolkar (NZ), Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Liz Ferrer, Shawn Marie Hardy (NZ), Brookhart Jonquil, Freddie Jouwaide, William Keddell (NZ), Sinisa Kukec, Tracy Moffett  (AUS), Kuby Nnamdi, Temisan Okpaku, David Rohn, George Sanchez Calderon, Oliver Sanchez, Onajide Shabaka, Barron Sherer, Misael Soto, Sara Stites, Stephan Tugrul.

Proceeds from the event are dedicated to environmental conservation and historic preservation of the Deering Estate at Cutler. Capacity is limited and tickets are: $150 General admission and $125 for Deering Estate Foundation Members. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling 305-235-1668 x 263. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To become a sponsor please call 305-235-1668 x 266. 

About the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

The Deering Estate Foundation is a volunteer driven community-based charitable 501(c)3 Florida Corporation that was founded in 1989 by members of our community for the sole purpose of preserving, protecting and enhancing the Deering Estate at Cutler for this and future generations. The mission of the Deering Estate Foundation is to raise public awareness of the Deering Estate at Cutler and to raise funds to support education, research, exhibits and collections and the conservation and restoration of the Estate’s natural and historical resources. 

About the Deering Estate at Cutler

The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm and are free with Estate admission. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit