The phenomenon of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Wine has swept through the county, inspiring random acts of ‘wining’ by Wine Fairies. The Sisterhood is a joyful version of ‘paying it forward’: anonymously leaving gifts of wine at the doorstep of random strangers, like ‘secret sisters’.
Shortly after the invitation appeared on Facebook, thousands of women in Harford County joined the Sisterhood, reaching 8,000 members in fewer than 3 days! Local TV stations and newspapers picked up the story, noting that so many women had joined the original Sisterhood that groups were formed in other areas of the county: North Harford, Forest Hill and Jarrettsville, Bel Air, Joppa, Aberdeen, Edgewood and Havre de Grace.
The rules are simple: obviously, you have to be over 21 years of age; beyond that the main rule is to have fun and be kind. After joining The Sisterhood, with your name, address and wine preference (that’s important!), select names of other recipients and then make your visits, bearing bottles of wine, perhaps with baskets of treats, trinkets or other cheer. The intent is to share the fun with others; it’s not really about getting bottles of wine – it’s about giving to others. Although it’s suggested that these visits be anonymous, some of the Wine Fairies have appeared in costume and some have enlisted their husbands to make deliveries. The Grinch has even joined in the fun, and it’s been reported that a T.Rex made an appearance as well. Knock on the door, or ring the bell, and then run! Ding Dong Ditch!
“Everyone has been excited about the distraction . . . it’s a fun way to spread cheer during these dark times.”
~ D.S., North Harford
“It makes my heart smile . . . it’s not about the wine, it’s the thought of making someone else happy.”
~ P.F., Aberdeen
“Everyone likes surprises and this is a fun way to boost your spirits and someone else’s as well.”
~ T.S., Bel Air
The Sisterhood has been so successful in raising spirits, that similar groups have been established to raise other spirits: Beer Me, The Real Liquor Ladies of Harford County, Tipsy Beverages, The Brotherhood of Traveling Beer, as well as groups that deliver coffee, plants or baked goods. Find your Sisterhood or Brotherhood on Facebook and join in the fun!