March 2016 EPWA Meeting: How the Lazy Ballerina Winery Came to Be

  • Tuesday, March 08, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Vineland Center


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Meeting Chairwoman:  Deborah Bennett Berecz
Owner, Berecz & Associates, PLC

How the Lazy Ballerina Winery Came to Be

Melanie Owen
Co-Owner, Lazy Ballerina Winery

Tuesday, March 8

5:30p.m. Networking
6:00p.m. Dinner & Meeting

Reservations Due by March 3

Speaker Topic
An introduction from Melanie Owen and how the Lazy Ballerina Winery came to be.

Speaker Biography
Cousins and Owners, Melanie Owen and Lauren Kniebes, grew up in the small town of Coloma, Michigan in the heart of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. Growing up next to their family's vineyards, they were taught about the art of viticulture and winemaking at an early age. They watched as their Grandmother, Juanita Kniebes, made her homemade wine from Concord grapes grown on the family farm.

Melanie is married to Chef Jason Hayes and they have a 20 year old son Jason Hayes Jr. She has a certification in Hospitality Management from Lake Michigan College and Bachelors Degree in Business and Marketing from Sienna Heights University. Melanie has a professional background in real estate, human resources, banquet facilities manager, flight attendant for Northwest Airlines, and most recently as the tasting room manager of Contessa Wine Cellars.

Vineland Center
1155 Vineland Road
St. Joseph, MI 49085

From St. Joseph, take Washington Avenue, south, turn left onto Vineland Road, go 0.3 mi. The Vineland Center will be on your left.

Meal Cost
$25 (Members and Visitors) Late reservations or payment at door will incur extra $10 fee.


Raspberry Chicken, Rice Pilaf, California Blend Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Rolls, Lemonade, Coffee, and Water.
You may bring your own adult beverage.  No cash bar available.

Questions? Reach Jo Ann Bertrand by email at

If paying by mail, please remember that you still need to make your reservation on the EPWA website.

Send payment to: EPWA c/o Jo Ann Bertrand
902 Eagle Point Drive
St. Joseph, MI 49085
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