Sip Wine at the Mine

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        The evening of Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, join us for Wine at the Mine, a special after-hours event at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM). You can explore the entire museum while sampling tastings from Colorado wineries, breweries, distillers, and distributors—along with bites of culinary delights from local restaurants.

        Enjoy these 2018 Wine at the Mine highlights:

        • Special presentation on Georgian winemaking, with samples.
        • The unveiling of the new temporary exhibit, “Matchless: The Myth, The Mine, The Legend.”
        • Silent auction.

        This social and fundraising event, presented in partnership with ReMax Aspen Leaf Realty, is held each year in support of museum operations. Join us at the museum, 120 West 9th St. in Leadville, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Buy tickets today!

        Georgian Wine Tastings

        A special feature this year will be Sandra Mark, NMHFM volunteer, discussing the ancient wine culture in Gurjistan, Republic of Georgia. Come try samples of Georgian wine!

        Archaeologists have found evidence that wine was made 8,000 years ago in Georgia from Vitis vinifera and suggest it is the origin for wine grapes grown throughout the world today. Recent international buzz surrounding “natural wine” and “orange wine” is founded on the exceptional flavor and complexity of wines from this region. Sandra will discuss traditional Georgian winemaking techniques gleaned from her recent visit to the region.

        Mark and her husband are both retired geologists and NMHFM volunteers contributing to this special evening. Together, they grow grapes and make wine on their small farm near Hotchkiss, Colorado.

        Local Tastings

        Sample a variety of libations from breweries Eddyline Brewing, Soulcraft Brewing (new this year), Periodic Brewing and Tommyknocker Brewery; Deerhammer distillery (new this year); wineries Kingman Estates Winery, and Vino Salida Wine Cellars; as well as Leadville Liquors and Mt. Massive Liquors. Non-alcoholic beverages are available too.

        Delicious food comes from City on a Hill, High Mountain Pies, Tennessee Pass Café, Safeway, and Sodexo.

        Premiere of New Matchless Mine Exhibit

        Maybe you’ve heard of the Matchless Mine and the famous love triangle and rags-to-riches-to-rags story of the Tabors? The story of Horace, Augusta, and Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor is one of Colorado’s most enduring tales, memorialized as an opera, movie, and countless books. The museum’s new temporary exhibition, “Matchless: The Mine, The Myth, The Legend,” will premiere at the event.

        This exhibit shines a spotlight on the Matchless Mine itself.

        Once a bonanza silver mine of the 1880s, the iconic Matchless Mine is so significant to Colorado and mining history that it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. At this unique exhibit, discover the unique geology of the Fryer Hill area where the mine is located. See how the mine operated and evolved throughout its life, with artifacts and archives from the NMHFM collection.

        Browse historic photographs collected and interpreted by geologist, historian, and museum volunteer Fred Mark. You can watch as the entire Matchless Mine site changes over time, both the mine’s structures and the surrounding landscape.

        Today, the NMHFM owns and offers warm-weather tours of the celebrated Matchless Mine.

        The exhibit is made possible by NMHFM Curator Stephanie Johnson, who curated the exhibition; Margaret Spiegel, Educational Programming and Events Coordinator, who has developed programming to accompany the exhibition throughout its showing, and NMHFM volunteer Fred Mark.

        Silent Auction

        You will also have the opportunity to bid on a variety of items donated by generous businesses and individuals. Examples include a rhodochrosite specimen from Mineral Classics, a fluorite specimen from the Arkenstone Gallery, a $750 gift certificate for an outdoor photography session with McNeil Designer Portraits, and a $500 resort getaway from Cheyenne Mountain.

        Get Your Tickets Today!

        Tickets are on sale now! Be among the first 150 to purchase tickets, and you’ll receive a free NMHFM logo wine glass. The cost is $35 per person through Feb. 4, 2018, then rises to $40.

        Buy tickets:

        • Online at www.MiningHallOfFame.org
        • At the museum, 120 West 9th St., Leadville (Now until Feb. 8, at the admissions desk; on Feb. 9, starting at 6 p.m., at the door)
        • Call 719-486-1229 (through Feb. 8).

        Watch our Facebook page for details.