High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association Monthly Meeting

Join us for an afternoon of great bluegrass music by Never Too Late Band @ 2:30 pm followed by an open jam. Listeners and players welcomed – this event will be held OUTSIDE on our patio and terraced lawn (see example photo above).  BRING A LAWN CHAIR!  Wine, Beer, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. 

This event is sponsored by the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association and Stonefield Cellars Winery.  Information about High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association will be available for those wanting to learn more about our local bluegrass community and how you can stay connected through membership.

High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association Monthly Meeting

Join us for an afternoon of great bluegrass music by Carolina Breeze @ 2:30 pm followed by an open jam. Listeners and players welcomed in the Stonefield Cellars Winery air-conditioned Barrel Room.  Wine, Beer, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Outside jam space available also.

This event is sponsored by the High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association and Stonefield Cellars Winery.  Information about High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association will be available for those wanting to learn more about our local bluegrass community and how you can stay connected through membership.

Friday Flavors Concert – Amanda Cook Band (Bluegrass)

Amanda Cook is from the big city of Jay, FL.  Amanda found a love for music at an early age.  She inherited her love of bluegrass from her father who played banjo throughout her childhood.  She began her bluegrass career in early 2007 with the band High Cotton she formed with her father.  In 2013, Amanda decided to step out on her own, determined to create her own sound releasing her first solo album “One Stop Along the Road.”  The project made it to the top 150 Roots Music Bluegrass Album Charts for 2014 and 2015 (#61 for 2015 #56 for 2014). Amanda contacted Crystal and Carolyne in early 2014 and formed the band Kennesaw Ridge. ACKR played several festivals throughout the southeast in 2014 and 2015 and placed 10th in the 2016 SPBGMA Band Competition.  Amanda couldn’t be happier with their success thus far and considers herself so blessed to have such a great bunch of musicians with her on this journey.

For info on her bandmates, visit http://www.amandacookbluegrass.com/bio.html

Note: Advanced ticket purchase is always recommended because  1) It helps our food vendor anticipate food amounts and 2) If the concert is held indoors, seating is limited – we’d hate to turn you away at the door. All tickets purchased in advanced are held at Will Call under the name of the purchaser.  Online Ticket Purchase is Available until Noon Day of Concert – (after 12pm same day please call the winery for ticket availability) – See Below to Purchase tickets!

COST: $10 per person.

EVENT TIMELINE:   Concert is from 7-9 pm. Gate/Door opens at 6:30 p.m. (advised for food and beverage purchase).

INSIDE OR OUT?: This concert will be held OUTSIDE in fair weather in our lovely garden. If there is chance of rain or extreme heat, the concert will be held INSIDE, in our air-conditioned Barrel Room. We make the call early afternoon the day of the concert and will likely update the website to reflect our decision.

SEATING: If the concert is OUTSIDE, we offer 4-person VIP Bistro Seating on the Front Row or Upper Patio for $45 (includes admission for four); and a glass top 6-person VIP party table to the side of the band for $65 (includes admission for six). You may also bring a lawn chair for our terraced lawn area, or we have first-come-first-seat picnic tables in the upper garden.  If the concert is INSIDE, family style table seating will be provided in our barrel room with our VIP and advanced ticket purchasers seated first. 

DRINKS:   Wine, Fresh Sangria, Beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

FOOD: Liberty Oak Restaurant

  • Grilled Marinated Chicken Breast with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce                      and 2 sides- $10
  • Citrus Marinated Blackened Shrimp Skewers with Creole Remoulade Sauce                and 2 sides-$12
  • The sides will be as follows.
    • Pesto Pasta Salad
    • Goat Cheese Mash Potatoes
    • Summer Salad (Spring Mix, Cucumbers, Red Onions, Mandarin Oranges, Strawberries, Almonds and Feta Cheese tossed in Citrus Vinegarett)

EVENT POLICIES – No Pets, No Outside Alcohol or Food,  Smoking Restricted (smoking in non-designated areas is strictly prohibited) and please, please, please do not litter our property with cigarette butts or other trash.

High Lonesome Strings Monthly Meeting – Concert and Jam

High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association presents The Rorrer Family  in Concert 2:30 – 3:30 pm  (Bluegrass Jam follows, pick till we close at 6:00 pm!) –

This event is open to High Lonesome Strings Members and Prospective Members.  Feel free to come and listen, and if you play, bring your instrument for the jam! 

Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for sale.  

About The Rorrer Family

Doug Rorrer grew up in Eden, North Carolina listening to his great-uncles Charlie Poole and Posey Rorer on old 78s on his father’s old Victrola. He cut his musical teeth on Poole’s music. His guitar “heroes” were Roy Harvey of Poole’s band, Riley Puckett of the Skillet Lickers, and a local guitarist, Gene Meade, who played in the Puckett style. Doug cites Doc Watson as one of his present day inspirations. Over the years, Doug has been fortunate enough to learn from and play with the likes of Norman Woodlieff, Lonnie Austin, and Buck and Alice Easley. Austin and Woodlieff played fiddle and guitar respectively with Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers. Doug has taught guitar workshops and performed at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, WV; the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival in Ferrum, VA; MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC; the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA; the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, AK; the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival; and the University of Chicago Folk Festival, among others. Doug and Taylor performed on a tour of England and Scotland in July of 2001 and also June of 2003. They also performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. June 25-29 of 2003. They were also featured (as a part of the Hungry Hash House Ramblers) at the 2004 Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, where they performed with Archie Fisher and Martin Stephenson.  Along with his late wife, Kathy, he started Flyin’ Cloud Records and recording studio, which specializes in old-time, bluegrass, and other traditional acoustic music. He still keeps the label/studio in operation. 

Doug’s son, Taylor Rorrer is keeping the family’s musical tradition alive. Taylor has become an accomplished musician in his own right. He draws his influences from Poole’s music and also contemporary musicians such as Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and Doc Watson, among others. Taylor has also become an accomplished at fiddle, old-time Poole style banjo, and numerous other instruments. He is a 4th generation musician in the Rorrer family and is the only Rorrer to take up the fiddle. Taylor played with and learned from fiddler, Lonnie Austin who was a member of Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers. He has released the CD, Playing Poole, which pays homage to Charlie Poole. 

 Courtney Rorrer is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Stoneville, NC, she now makes her home in Madison, NC with her husband Taylor and son Ben. She is actively involved in the local music scene. Courtney plays fiddle and sings with the bluegrass group Alan Bibey and Grasstowne. Rorrer began to delve into music by singing and playing at local churches with her family’s gospel group “The Burroughs Family”. Entering local fiddler’s conventions eventually led her to front the bluegrass group, Broken Wire. After releasing one album with Broken Wire, Rorrer went on to sing harmony and play fiddle for five time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley and was able to add two Grand Ole Opry performances and a Daughter’s of Bluegrass recording to her belt. Rorrer has performed on many stages and won 2nd place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest in 2016. Currently, she performs with Alan Bibey and Grasstowne throughout the year as well as solo shows with her husband Taylor Rorrer and at many churches with her husband and her sister, Amy Wilson.    Together, Doug, Taylor and Courtney form The Rorrer Family Band, a hybrid of bluegrass and oldtime music. For this group, a plethora of musical influences and experiences come together to create a sound like no other.

For Information about High Lonesome Strings visit:  http://www.highlonesomestrings.org


Barrel Room Concert – Gypsy Jazz Quartet featuring Scott Fore and Kitty Amaral


Scott Fore is an internationally recognized flat-picking guitarist.   Winner of the National Flatpicking Championships held in Winfield Kansas each year, he is also the Doc Watson Guitar Champion and the Wayne Henderson Champion of Champions. Scott has won many more honors and titles, has 4 cds, including a companion “Flatpicking Solos” book that features his winning compositions. Scott has performed at many festivals/venues, including the notable Smithsonian Folklife Festival, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The Grand Ole Opry.

Note that Scott will be teaching a Musicians Workshop Saturday afternoon, from 3-6 pm (preceding the concert at 7:30 pm). See our separate event listing for workshop information and ticketing (including a combo workshop/concert ticket option).


kitty-amaralAccompanying Scott will be Kitty Amaral,  a fiddle/violin prodigy from Elk Creek, VA. With an interest in bluegrass, classical, and jazz genres, Kitty belies her youth with deft skills in each. Between fellowships, teaching at fiddle camp, and competing at festivals, Kitty still finds time to play in a regional youth orchestra. Kitty recently performed with her band Shadowgrass at the recent National Folk Festival in Greensboro.

Rounding out the quartet is bassist Steve Hunt and rhythm guitarist Dan Wolber.

The concert will feature Scott’s flat pick guitar styling of traditional and bluegrass music as well as selected gypsy jazz compositions by masters Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli.  


Door opens 7 pm, Concert starts at 7:30 pm


Tunes on Tuesday – High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Jam


Stonefield Cellars hosts the  High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association Jam – 7:00 -10:00 pm

– Members and prospective members welcomed! If you have

questions about this event, contact Natalie at 336-689-4071.

For more information about High Lonesome Strings, visit


Bring your instruments or just come to listen – either way, it’s always a

great time! Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages are for sale during

the session.

Pickin’ In The Park Free Bluegrass Festival at Hagan-Stone Park

Stonefield Cellars will be selling wine as a Sponsor of Pickin’ In The Park, a FREE Bluegrass Festival presented by High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association on May 14th, 2016, at Hagan-Stone Park in SE Guilford County.    A percentage of wine sales benefits High Lonesome Strings (non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of bluegrass music).

See Band Schedule in flyer image below…

Like to Volunteer?   Volunteers are needed for helping at the festival (at our winery tent and in the HLS food tent, parking attendants, etc.).   Volunteer shifts are only 2 hours – need help between 10 am and 6 pm.   Contact Natalie at 336-689-4071 if you would like to help.

PITP 2016 Flyer Color

Welcome to Stonefield Cellars Winery!

 Looking for a wonderful wine and winery experience?

“Great wine, great people, the best in North Carolina!” – Just one of the many accolades that
Stonefield Cellars receives from guests that have visited our NC winery. Conveniently located just north of Greensboro, we offer award winning wines in a beautiful, relaxed setting.
Our Tasting Room is the perfect place for you to enjoy your wine tasting and then linger with friends, sharing a bottle and enjoying some of our cheese, cracker, and other snacks available for purchase. We always have great events going on – please check our events page for details (quick links to our calendar are to the right).  



Our Tasting Room is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Noon – 6pm, and Sunday 1-6pm. Our last wine tasting starts at 5:30pm.  If you are coming with a group of 6 or more people, please call ahead so that we can accommodate you (336-644-9908).  Want to have a party at the winery?   Our Barrel Room and other property areas are available for private party rental – see our Private Parties page.

Inclement Weather Policy:   We rarely close or cancel events due to inclement weather, but if we do, we will post it here and on Facebook.  We want you to be safe, so please use good judgement whenever you consider traveling during inclement weather.

NO PERFUME!  Please do not wear perfume or cologne when visiting as it interferes with the ability to smell & taste wine and many people, including are staff, are allergic to perfume!

NO DOGS!  Please leave your dog at home.  Although we love dogs, the presence of dogs on our property presents issues too numerous to list here.   Exception:  By ADA law we must accommodate guests with a disability that require a service dog who is trained to do a specific task, and we welcome those guests on our property. (Pets and emotional comfort dogs are not considered service dogs, so please leave them at home).   

SMOKING in Designated Area Only: All indoor spaces are non-smoking. We have provided a cigarette butt receptacle and bench in a small graveled space in our garden to accommodate smokers.  Please be considerate of others and extinguish your cigarette if the wind direction is such that it carries your smoke towards others; members of our staff are highly allergic to cigarette smoke (to the point of asphyxiation).  Please do not deposit cigarette butts any where else on our property!

Stonefield Cellars Winery has been featured on  UNC-TV’s NC Weekend Show!
You can watch us at minute 15:15 –  HERE! For a video of our onsite bottling process click HERE!

We look forward to providing you with an exceptionally wonderful winery experience whether you live locally or are traveling! 

Wine Appreciation Workshops

Students during Wine Workshop

Students during Wine Workshop

 Wine Appreciation



Location:         Stonefield Cellars Winery  – 8220 NC Hwy 68 N., Stokesdale, NC 23757

Are you interested in attending a wine appreciation workshop with your friends?  Winemaker Robert E. M. Wurz, Ph.D will educate and entertain your group in the techniques of assessing wine characteristics and quality, including varietal differences and food and wine pairings.

Contact Stonefield Cellars to arrange for your workshop date and time (based on winemaker availability).  Workshop duration is 2 hours, Group minimum is 12, maximum is 24.  Cost per person is $35

Instructor Biography 

Robert E. M. Wurz, Ph.D.  – Robert is a native of Napa Valley, CA.  He started making wine when he was fourteen.  He received his doctorate in wine chemistry from the University of California, Davis.  He has taught wine making classes at Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia, at Stonefield Cellars Winery in Stokesdale, NC, and is currently the winemaker for Stonefield Cellars Winery in Stokesdale, NC.