September 2016 EPWA Meeting: Wine Glass Decoration and Networking Event

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Lazy Ballerina Winery


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed
Meeting Chairwoman:  Jennifer Malone
Event Coordinator, Classic Catering & Events

Lazy Ballerina Winery


Melanie Owen & Lauren Kniebes
Co-Owners, Lazy Ballerina Winery

Tuesday, September 13

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

Reservations Due by September 8

Speaker Topic

Melanie and Lauren will be demonstrating and giving art instruction on how to decorate a custom wine glass. Attendees will pick their design and paint their own glass. Each attendee will be able to take their glass home as a keepsake.

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.

Lauren has worked in the Michigan wine industry for 9 years.  She discovered her passion for Michigan wine during this time while working at Contessa Wine Cellars in Coloma.  In 2013, she graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sales and Business Marketing.  She worked in human resources in Kalamazoo upon graduating and moved back to Coloma last year to pursue her dream of opening a winery. 

Lazy Ballerina Winery
315 State Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085

Downtown St. Joseph on State Street between Pleasant and Broad.

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


Heavy Appetizers will be served; wine will be available for purchase.

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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