Wine tasting and museum fund-raiser held tonight

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There is something about wine and good food that makes people remember how much they love their community. That combination always has worked for the Tread of Pioneer's annual Treading of the Grapes fund-raiser.

The social event usually brings in $6,000 for the museum, which relies on donations and admission costs for 40 percent of its operating costs. Sixty percent of the museum's budget is supported by the recent mill levy.

The event will include wines from around the world, donated by the Bottleneck, appetizers from several local restaurants and silent auction items such as prints of historic photos and a stained-glass piece depicting the More Barn.

This year's wine tasting will feature the addition of several historical films, including Smoky Vandergrift's history of skiing, "The Treacherous and Speedy Ski," playing in Citizen's Hall while people socialize.

The idea to show films came as the museum works to digitize its collection of 8 mm and 16 mm films. The films are fragile and have not been viewed since they were donated, for fear of destroying them.

In exchange for use of the footage, a Norwegian filmmaker offered to digitize the films as a way of preserving the images. The films did not make it back to Steamboat Springs in time for the fund-raiser.

Instead, the museum is taking this chance to show and give as door prizes some of the 350 copies of "The Treacherous and Speedy Ski" donated by Vandergrift.

Tickets to this event usually sell out. Museum director Candice Lombardo recommends calling to reserve tickets rather than waiting to buy them at the door.

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