The public is invited to attend St. Mark’s Summer Classic: An Auction of Fine Wines and Unique Lifestyle Experiences, benefitting the regional community from 6 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016. The event will be held at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church located at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue in Los Olivos.

Guests will begin the evening by sampling local wines, beverages and hors d’oeuvres while perusing the silent auction items featuring fine wine lots and lifestyle packages. The seated gourmet dinner will be prepared by Jeff and Janet Olsson of New West. The live auction will present both fine wines and extensive lifestyle and travel experience offerings. Two-time Grammy award-winning violinist Mads Tolling with keyboardist Colin Hogan will entertain Summer Classic guests.

Proceeds from the Summer Classic support local community programs and services provided by St. Mark’s including annually hosting more than 90 area guest organizations, meetings, programs and special events. Among many others, St. Mark’s welcomes the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community, Arts Outreach, Food Bank of Santa Barbara County, Solvang Festival Theatre, county-wide commission meetings, and several recovery groups.

“St. Mark’s practices a spacious Christianity and serves as the Santa Ynez Valley’s community, music, arts and welcome center. Our agenda is increasingly set by the world around us. Our aim is to be open daily to what the community actually is and to respond to what it needs. In addition, our Preschool provides top-flight early childhood education. At St. Mark’s there is room for absolutely everyone. All are invited to attend the Summer Classic, a truly exceptional community benefit event,” according to Church Rector Rev. Dr. Randall Day,

Summer Classic reservations are available for a $200 per person donation that includes wines, beverages, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dinner and live entertainment–only in advance securely online at or by sending a check and contact information noted “2016 Summer Classic donation” to St. Mark’s, PO Box 39, Los Olivos, CA 93441.

With questions, please contact Summer Classic co-chairs Carol Anders (805-688-3445 or and Jim Lohnas (805-448-5403 or or visit The Summer Classic is coordinated by a dedicated, all-volunteer committee.

Mads Tolling grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark, and moved to the USA at age 20 to pursue jazz studies and graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. Tolling tours extensively around the world with Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, and others. He won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover albums.  Long-time professional keyboardist Colin Hogan from the San Francisco Bay area has performed on five continents playing everything from jazz, funk, salsa and hip-hop to tango and Balinese gamelan. He has performed with many legendary jazz musicians including Larry Graham, James Moody, Peter Erskine and Maria Schneider. This duo promises a memorable performance exclusively for Summer Classic guests.