Grape Discovery Center recruits volunteers

WESTFIELD – The Grape Discovery Center in Westfield is hosting a recruiting and orientation session for new and experienced volunteers on May 14 at 6 p.m. The Center is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization that promotes economic and educational development related to the grape industry and the Concord Grape Belt region.

“We have many volunteers and would like to expand our “family” of volunteers”, said Mackenzie Cady, Manager of the Dis-covery Center. “Volunteers greet visitors and answer questions about the region. They can work in the gift shop, pour wine for guest tasting, give educational tours, assist in custodial work, and so much more. Some volunteer for part or all of a day, weekly or even monthly. They are contributing to the recognition and promotion of the region,” Cady added.

The recruiting and orientation session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Pizza and other snacks will be provided. The session will include discussions highlighting the background of the Center, hospitality training, the role of heritage and experiential tourism, as well as networking with other volunteers.

The Grape Discovery Center officially opened on Memorial Day 2013, after years of anticipation. The Concord Grape Belt Heri-tage Association worked in phases of construction to completely renovate a former car dealership into an agritourism center to promote the region. The Center held its Grand Opening in September 2013, with the revealing of the Exhibit Room, which allows visitors to learn through experience by seeing, smelling, and touching different learning tools.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about being a volunteer at the Grape Discov-ery Center, contact Mackenzie Cady at 326-2003 or

To find more information on the web, visit or the Grape Discovery Center on Facebook.