An afternoon of wine, food, and song to benefit the programs and artists of Merola Opera Program.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

4:00-6:00 PM

Join us for a memorable spring afternoon strolling through beautifully landscaped gardens, drinking some of California’s finest wines, and visiting with new and old friends. This special event will include great food, wine tastings, performances by Merola alumni, an auction, and more, all in the idyllic Marin Art and Garden Center in the heart of Marin County. It promises to be a day to remember and will be made all the better if you are there!


Sunday in the Park with Merola

Sunday, May 22, 2022
4:00-6:00 PM

Marin Art and Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Ross, CA 94957

Performing Artists

Esther Tonea ('19), soprano
Nikola Adele Printz ('21), mezzo-soprano
Edward Graves ('21), tenor
Marika Yasuda ('21), piano


(admission to the event for one, unlimited wine tasting)
Tickets will be available on Eventbrite through Saturday, May 21, 3:00 pm PDT.
Walk up tickets will be available on the day of the event, May 22, starting at 3:30 pm.
Buy Tickets

$1,000 Vintner's Duet
(Two tickets)

$500 Vintner's Choice
(Single ticket)
WINE LOVERS (event attendance):

$175 Late Harvest

(Single ticket)

$60 First Crush
(Single ticket: Under 40 years of age)
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Event Details

Wine and Hors d'Oeuvres

Concert by Merola Alumni

Live Auction/Fund-the Future

Event Committee

Ileana Facchini, chair
Carol A. Weitz, chair

Robert H. Beadle
Maurice Bizzarri
Jennifer Brahm
Jayne C. Davis
David Dickson
Mary Henderson
Carlos Penikis
Dr. Pamela Zell Rigg
Patrick Wilken
Christopher Wiseman


(as of February 10, 2022)
Grand Cru
Franklin and Catherine Johnson
Premier Cru
Ms. Amy Roth and Mr. Robert Epstein
Special Reserve
Bay Area Graphics
Robert H. Beadle
Jennifer and Chris Brahm
Jack and Betty Schafer
Carol A. Weitz
Susan York

Sponsorships are available at $10,000, $5,000, and $2,000.
For more information, contact Nancy Petrisko at or call (415) 936-2312.

COVID PROTOCOLS: Proof of vaccination plus booster if eligible or a negative PCR test within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours. Guests must be masked until they finish registration and then may be unmasked for the remainder of the event.

Live Auction

Week at a Mexican Villa

Week at a Mexican Villa

Seven days and nights in La Punta gated community near Manzanillo, Mexico. The villa has five bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms, two swimming pools, dining room, great room, game room, bar and card area, kitchen, informal dining area, and palapa with bar and kitchen. Delightful maid, cook, and bellboy are available to attend to your needs. Take advantage of the private beach with full pool and lounging area, tennis courts with tennis coach, and putting green.

Your Own Private Concert
Let Merola bring the music right to you! We make it easy to host your dream salon or garden party. Celebrate a special occasion or just celebrate gathering together to enjoy an exclusive, live opera concert just for you. You’ll experience the unique intimacy of music performed in a small and personal setting—your home, your garden, or if you’d prefer, in the private home of a Merola board member in either San Francisco or West Marin.

No piano? No problem! Our portable electric piano will come to you.

Included in your one-of-a-kind event are wine and hors d’oeuvres, to easily make your perfect private party complete!

Exclusive Ridge Wine Tasting from 2006 to 2014 with Food Pairing

Exclusive Ridge Wine Tasting from 2006 to 2014 with Food Pairing

Enjoy a small plates buffet and wine tasting at the beautiful newly renovated modern Lake District home of Suzanne Gelber and David Rinaldo (three levels with elevator and garden), with Ridge wines provided by Maurice and Mary Sue Bizzarri from their natural cellar in Amador County. We will be tasting pairs of wine at a time.

Signature Events

Alice Chung and Andrew King

Alice Chung and Andrew King in Recital

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 6:00 pm · San Francisco
30 spaces

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and John Churchwell

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen and John Churchwell in Recital

Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 6:00 pm · San Francisco
20 spaces

Ronnita Miller and John Churchwell

Ronnita Miller and John Churchwell in Recital

Monday, October 3, 2022, at 6:30 pm · Mill Valley
20 spaces

Melody Moore and Andrew King

Melody Moore and Andrew King in Recital

Friday, October 28, 2022, at 6:30 pm · Redwood City
20 spaces

Amitai Pati and Ronny Michael Greenberg

Amitai Pati and Ronny Michael Greenberg in Recital

Monday, June 27, 2022, at 6:00 pm · San Francisco
20 spaces
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Silent Auction

Orlando Hilton Grand Vacation Club at Seaworld
One-week stay at Orlando Hilton Grand Vacation Club at SeaWorld in a two-bedroom suite. This 33-acre Bermuda-styled resort is close to Universal Studios, Epcot Center, Disney World, and water parks.

An Exclusive Art Institute of Chicago Tour and a Pair of Tickets to the Lyric Opera Of Chicago
Enjoy a personal tour of the world-renowned American Art collection at the Art Institute of Chicago and visit the Lyric Opera of Chicago with a pair of tickets to one of the 2022/23 season productions.

San Francisco Opera
Gift certificate for a pair of tickets to a select performance of San Francisco Opera’s summer 2022 Season.

Los Angeles Opera
Enjoy a pair of main orchestra section tickets to Lucia di Lammermoor with Los Angeles Opera on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Four out of the five cast members in this performance are Merola alums!

Santa Fe Opera
Gift certificate for a pair of tickets to a performance of your choice from Santa Fe Opera’s 2022 season.

Perry's San Francisco
Gift certificate to Perry’s, a cozy neighborhood bar and restaurant with three locations, to enjoy terrific American food, a well-made drink, and friendly conversation.

Landmark Vineyards Wines
2018 Landmark Vineyards Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir
2019 Landmark Vineyards Hilliard Bruce Vineyard Chardonnay

2016 Ridge Vineyards "Lytton Springs" Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Jeroboam
This is a magnificent bottle of powerful, dense wine.

2018 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Magnum
This wine is very expressive, with warmed blueberry compote, menthol, sweet bay, steeped açaí and zesty sassafras notes all in the mix, carried by brambly grip and a cold cast iron spine.

2012 Promontory Penultimate, Napa Valley
A rich garnet color and youthful brilliance define the appearance in glass. As is typical with the youthful wines of Promontory, the nose is subtle yet intricate.

2012 Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir
Juicy bright red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate and blood orange positively jump from the glass.

2015 Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir
The inviting and forward fruity aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, plum and orange peel are complemented by notes of clove, pipe tobacco, bay leaf and rose petal.

2018 Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noir
Bursting with bright, juicy red fruit aromas of cherry, pomegranate and pink grapefruit complement the classic Hanzell cherry tobacco, sandalwood and rose.

Exclusive Alta Orsa Winery Tour/Tasting for 6 and 4-Pack Variety Wine Bundle
Enjoy a private tour and tasting for up to six guests and a four-pack Alta Orsa variety wine bundle with one Chardonnay, one Pinot, one Estate Red Blend, and one Estate Reserve Cabernet.

Exclusive Repris Wine Tour and Tasting
Enjoy a private tour and tasting for four of select member-only wines, specially paired with a selection of artisan cheese and charcuterie at Repris Winery, and experience Moon Mountain Vineyard.

White Wine Gift Basket
The three bottles of white wine in this premium gift basket were carefully selected by Christian Hardy of Culinary Excellence and paired expertly with an assortment of gourmet Northern California Cheeses with crackers and dried fruits.

Red Wine Gift Basket
This premium red wine gift basket features three bottles of remarkable red wine expertly paired by Christian Hardy with Culinary Excellence Catering with an assortment of irresistible fine bite sized dessert.

Expertly Curated Collection of Wine
Enjoy a fabulous collection of superlative red wines curated by Christian Hardy of Culinary Excellence from his extensive personal collection.

2006 Leonetti Cellar Reserve Red Bordeaux Blend Magnum
This year’s Reserve is once again just monumental. While still tight today (as you'd expect at this young age), the nose has a beautiful medley of plums and black fruits, blackberry puree, very ripe bloody bing cherries, dried rose petals, and a whiff of smoke and cedar.

Indiana Jones Iconic Fedora Style Hat from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Own a piece of movie history! The John B. Stetson Company, the maker of all Indiana Jones’s hats, gifted this Indiana Jones-style fedora to Lucas Films President and COO R. Douglas Norby during the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Nikon Binoculars
The Nikon Aculon A211 8 x 42 binoculars build on the proven performance of the popular Action series with bright, sharp imagery and ergonomic comfort for a wide range of outdoor pursuits.

Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark Baseball Cap
This is a limited edition Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones’ khaki flat bill cap exclusively made for crew members that worked on the film.

Framed Etching of Historic Monastery in Mandalay
This evocative etching captures the passage under the Mae Nu Ok Kyaung brick monastery in the Mandalay district in Myanmar (formerly Burma). This beautiful etching by Merola board member Susan York is based on a photograph she took and is one of only four copies printed from the copper plate. It will be a striking addition to any room. Dimensions: 17 ½ x 21 ½ x ¾ inches.

Executive Function Coaching Sessions with Nancy Chin of Step by Step
This 11-session package with Executive Function Coach Nancy Chin is perfect for anyone who feels overwhelmed at work or in their personal life.

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