CJ Wijns schedules Wijning Women series
By Jack Kintner
Carol Bouma likes to drink wine and read, and there are a lot of other women who agree. Bouma hosted a group of them that met for the first time last Monday at CJ Wijns wine and coffee bar in Birch Bay which she manages.
The name, pronounced “wines,” is an old Dutch root for the name of the owners, Carolyn and Jim Wynstra. Bouma calls the new group Wijning Women, “but we’re not whining,” she laughed when asked about the name, “we’re finding out about wine and having fun.”
Homestead Northwest head chef David Connors gave a cooking demonstration at the first meeting, showing how to prepare pinwheel antipasto and other appetizers with fresh mozzarella curds.
The group meets on the second Monday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and is set to meet next on October 13. The $10 cost includes a glass of wine and a light appetizer, and tickets should be purchased in advance at CJ Wijns. The first meeting pretty well filled the place up with about 45 in attendance.
Up-coming events include Fall at the Bay on Monday, September 22, as fall arrives at 8:44 a.m. that morning. Hot, mulled wine and cider will be offered with food specials.
On Monday, September 29, at 6:30 Cindy Louws will help Bouma launch the CJ Wijns Book Club. “Bring a book along you would like to read and discuss throughout the coming year,” Louws said. “We’ll be getting to know one other, discussing what books to read as well as the details for the book club.”
CJ Wijns Happy Hour starts this week! Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. They are offering $2 off house pours and appetizers. Enjoy the warmth and coziness of their fireplaces or enjoy the spectacular water views from the patio while sipping wine with friends.
Homestead Northwest’s CJ Wijns is located in the Grand Bay Condominiums at 7714 Birch Bay Drive. For more information call 360/371-2658.