FRENCH AZILUM TO KICK OFF FIVE YEAR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Bradford County’s French Azilum will be partnering with Grovedale Winery on October 20 as it kicks off its new five year Capital Campaign at a Gala Wine Tasting called ‘Savor the Susquehanna.’ The Capital Campaign projects fundraising donations of $150,000 from the Campaign; the money will go towards Azilum’s upkeep, restoration and repairs. “We want to invite not only our regular members and friends who visit and support the site, but other folks who may not know much about Azilum or realize its importance, both locally and nationally,” comments Joyce Marr, Event Chair. French Azilum was a planned community intended for the nobility of France, who were fleeing the guillotine and the French Revolution. It is the only site like this in the entire world; visitors to the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris, France are told about French Azilum during their tour. This amazing piece of French and American history lies right here in Bradford County, PA! Although only about 200 people ever actually made Azilum their home, and only for about ten years, the French settlement’s legacy lives on today in some of Bradford County’s roadways and town names, and in the region’s commitment to a vibrant agricultural way of life. The historic site of French Azilum helps to preserve that legacy, and to ensure that this episode in the French Revolution’s history is never forgotten. For the past decade, French Azilum has relied solely on admission donations, corporate gifts and individual bequests to keep the gates open and the lights on. The state has not given French Azilum any operating capital at all for the past ten years, part of massive budget-cuts and transfers of historic sites out of the state’s purview. Now that French Azilum will soon again be owned by French Azilum, Incorporated, and not by the state, it is time to develop a five year site capital improvement strategy and a five year capital campaign to help fund it. Guests at Savor the Susquehanna will be a critical part of that strategy and campaign: participants in the Campaign will be part of a lasting legacy that will ensure French Azilum’s future. On October 20, guests at Savor the Susquehanna will enjoy live music from guitarist Todd Marr as they sip a wine tasting flight and sample generous hors d’oeuvres, all in the stunning autumnal ambience of Grovedale’s terrace and tasting room. Tickets are $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door and the first 100 tickets sold come along with a commemorative wine glass. In addition to the wine, food and entertainment, other special surprises will also be offered during Savor the Susquehanna. So do mark your calendars and call for tickets to 570-265-3376, or email for tickets to firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by Grovedale Winery in Wyalusing to buy them there.