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Castoro Cellars donates $10,000 from Beaverstock to education 

-Special from the Soaring Eagle Press-

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The Udsen family, from left, Luke, Max, Bimmer and Niels, presents a $10,000 check from Castoro Cellars’ Beaverstock 2014 to members of the Templeton Education Foundation, President Heidi Ferrari, Vice President Brian Weiss and board member Shirley Sigmund. The funds will benefit Templeton students. Photo © Soaring Eagle Press 2014; All rights reserved.

Templeton Education Foundation (TEF) was chosen as the beneficiary for Castoro Cellars “Beaverstock 2014” on October 13-14 – a two day, one of a kind Central Coast festival celebrating music, art, and community. And on Tuesday, the Udsen family of Castoro Cellars presented TEF with a check for $10,000.

“Templeton Education Foundation would like to thank the Udsen family for inviting us to partner with them in this wonderful event,” said Heidi Ferrari, President of TEF. “Their continued support of TEF is amazing and we couldn’t continue without people like them supporting our endeavor to enrich the educational experience of students in Templeton

Niels and Bimmer Udsen founded Castoro Cellars in 1983 and continue to own and operate the business along with their sons Luke and Max, who both attended Templeton schools.

“It’s a pleasure working with Templeton Education Foundation,” said Niels Udsen. “We’ve been a supporter since they started, so it’s kind of a natural fit.”

The event has been held for the last two years in the beautiful oak dotted, “outdoor amphitheater” next to Castoro’s west Templeton vineyards and tasting room. Headlined as “A Dam Fine Festival Celebrating Music & Community” that includes “2 days of wine-loving peace & music in the vineyards”, Beaverstock is truly a family oriented event.

Featuring a strong line-up of bands, the festival encompassed many local connections and showcased wines, beers, and food vendors who hailed from the North County. Festival goers could relax among the vineyards as they learned about or practiced yoga, wander through the artist’s grove where several local artists had their works on display, and of course, gather around the outdoor stage to enjoy family, friends, neighbors and great music. And don’t forget the new Disc Golf Course!

There was something for everyone to enjoy – particularly the youngsters. “We had a kiddy corner with a musical petting zoo, a magician, art classes where they were making beam catchers, face painting and yoga,” said Bimmer Udsen. “There were all kinds of things for them to do!”

An estimated 60 plus volunteers came out on behalf of TEF to help with “Beaverstock 2014”. “We had an awesome volunteer participation,” said Shirley Sigmund, a TEF board member and President of the Templeton Unified School District Board of Trustees. “They included some of our school site administrators, our Superintendent and his wife, a couple of school board members and one future board member, as well as many teachers, parents, and supportive friends – even Jim Fotinakes [retired Templeton HS Principal] came out to help!”

When asked if Castoro Cellars would be doing Beaverstock again next year, Niels Udsen said, “That’s up for discussion right now, but I think it’s likely that we’ll give it another shot.”

Editor’s Note: For the uninitiated, Niels Udsen’s lifelong nickname is “Beaver” and when working in Italy, he became known as “Il Castoro”, which is Beaver in Italian. If you look at the Castoro Cellars logo and motto, you’ll see the beaver and the words “dam fine wines” (as in beaver dam). Taking the theme a little further produced the name “Beaverstock” for Castoro’s music & community festival, and as a further play on words, the kiddy corner at the event was named the “Kits Korner” – kits being baby beavers.

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