|August 2010||Vol. 1 No. 1|
FAMU 'Toasts the Wonders of the Vineyard'
Judy Ammons, first lady of Florida A&M University, will serve as chairperson of FAMU’s Tenth Annual FAMU Grape Harvest Festival along with Jane Marks, first lady of Tallahassee, and Mary Barley, a wellness coach and author, as co-chairpersons for the Tenth Annual FAMU Grape Harvest Festival. FAMU will host its Annual Grape Harvest Festival Saturday, August 21, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Toasting the Wonders of the Vineyard.”
|Judy Ammons, first lady of Florida A&M University (center), will serve as chairperson of FAMU’s Tenth Annual FAMU Grape Harvest Festival along with Jane Marks, first lady of Tallahassee, and Mary Barley, a wellness coach and author, as co-chairpersons for the Tenth Annual FAMU Grape Harvest Festival.|
“We are pulling all plugs to provide an entertaining day of discovery and fun that helps to build stronger relationships between the university and the community as well as families and friends throughout Florida and beyond,” said Bobby Phills, Ph.D., festival coordinator.
A native of Winter Haven, Fla., Judy Ammons earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood and her master's degree in elementary education at FAMU.
“It is truly an honor to serve as the chairperson for the Tenth Annual Grape Harvest Festival,” said Ammons. “This festival is an opportunity to share with the community all of the wonderful things FAMU has to offer in the areas of agriculture and scientific research.”
Since fall 2007, she has served as a teacher at DeSoto Trail Elementary School.
She began her teaching career at Riverside Elementary School in Orlando, Fla. and has also worked at Florida State University as an instructor and as a kindergarten and second grade teacher for its developmental research school. She has presented papers at several conferences on subjects ranging from “Using Computers in a Literature-Based Classroom” to “Motivating Students to Learn.”
She was Teacher of the Year at Hillandale Elementary School in Durham, N.C. in 2004. She has supervised more than 13 elementary education interns. In 2008, she helped to collect more than 500 books for FAMU’s Developmental Research School.
Marks has been a practicing psychotherapist in the Tallahassee area for the past 40 years. She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Florida State University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chapman University.
Barley has been in the fitness industry for 26 years as a gym owner, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, wellness coach, writer and speaker. She has held bodybuilding titles including Ms. Southern USA, Ms. Tallahassee and Ms. Daytona Classic.
This year’s festival will have an assortment of fun-filled amusements, educational displays and informative demonstrations for both young and old.
The schedule includes the following: the Annual Vineyard Walk and Vineyard Run (1K, 3K and 5K) competitions; pony and hot air balloon rides; grape throwing games; winemaking demonstrations/workshops; blood bank donations; a health fair with exhibits from the FAMU Schools of Nursing, Allied Health, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a special event titled “Ask A Doctor - Q&A” featuring some of Tallahassee’s most prominent doctors; an invitational wine-tasting session featuring FAMU’s own and Florida commercial wineries; and an exciting and highly popular old fashioned grape stomping contest.
Admission is $2 per person and $5 per family. Additional fees are $10 for hot air balloon rides, $5 for the vineyard run/walk; and $2 for wine tasting, individuals must be 21 with proper ID. For more information, contact (850) 599-3996.