Patrick Smith’s favorite thing about being a father is spending time with his 9-year-old daughter, Molly, and recently, they’ve been working on a special project.
“We’ve spent this spring and summer building a big cot in our yard for a trampoline,” Smith said. “It’s been a lot of stacking rocks and digging dirt.”
Smith said he hopes their activities together are something Molly can do with her kids someday.
“I didn’t really have a dad growing up, so for me it’s getting to do all the things I wish I could’ve done with a dad that she and I get to do,” he said.
The Smiths were among hundreds of people who celebrated Father’s Day at Les Bourgeois Vineyards’ first “Vintage Vibes Father’s Day” at the A-Frame.
Christa Holtzclaw, marketing director for Les Bourgeois, said the new event is part of the winery’s efforts to “amp up” the A-Frame experience.
“We just were thinking about ways to open up the A-Frame to new opportunities and new exciting events, and we thought Father’s Day was a perfect time to do it,” Holtzclaw said.
The event Sunday included a Logboat Brewing Company “tap takeover,” a Vinyl records sale, a DJ set by Kyle Cook of Hitt Records and lots of barbecue.
“We have our chef and catering chef working on great hot-off-the grill barbecue,” Holtzclaw said. “We’ve got hot dogs, brats, ribs, brisket, and we’ve even got chicken souvlaki as well.”
The celebration drew in dads from all stages of fatherhood, including soon-to-be parent Dave Lamb.
Lamb said he has his fears about how to navigate this new chapter in life and wonders if he will be able to “nurture and teach another human being to be a good, mature, productive member of society.”
Although he is nervous, Lamb said he is looking forward to teaching his future child important life lessons.
“I’ve never done that before,” Lamb said. “With anything, like a new job or whatever, you’re a little scared to start that new job, but then you learn that you can do it.”
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