Golden years, gold medals for Demarees


What better way to celebrate your golden wedding anniversary than with gold medals?

That’s what Switzerland County’s Tom and Mary Jane Demaree are doing this year.

The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow (Friday, August 14th). They were married on August 14th, 1965, and have resided at 4857 Parks Ridge Road for 50 years.

Tom and Mary Jane have two children: daughter Lisa York and husband Leon; and son Ed Demaree and wife Christine. They also have two grandsons: Garrett and Craig Demaree.

The Demarees are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the operation of The Ridge Winery this year; as Tom Demaree is the winemaker and distributor for the winery.


The Ridge Winery just earned three medals for three of its wines at the recent Indy International Wine Competition held at Purdue University.

The competition featured over 2,000 wine entries, with those entries coming from 40 different states and 11 different countries.

The winery’s Swiss Wine Festival Shiraz/Syrah earned a Gold Medal in the competition; while its Blackjack wine earned a Silver Medal; and its Rural Cool Riesling wine earned a Bronze Medal.

“We want to recognize Greg and Traci Pavy and everyone at The Ridge Winery Tasting Room (11048 East State Road 156, Vevay) for their 11th year,” the Demarees said. “And also our loyal customers who travel from many states just to enjoy our wines.”

Everyone can watch for The Ridge Winery and Tom and Mary Jane Demaree in the Wine Pavilion again this year at the Swiss Wine Festival.