A delicious way to benefit the preservation of history

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The Tread of Pioneers Museum has its own way of celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year.

The museum is combining its mission of preserving and promoting area history with its sixth annual "Treading on the Grapes," a wine and beer tasting fundraiser March 17. All proceeds will benefit the museum and the programs it provides the community.

"Being able to host it in Centennial Hall, which is a historical preservation project itself, makes it unique," said Candice Lombardo, executive director of the museum.

The fundraiser, which includes live and silent auctions, is meant to be a fun event where attendees can enjoy food, beverages and a chance to raise money for the museum.

In addition to providing gourmet appetizers and desserts from nearly 20 local restaurants, the event will have an educational component. Historical films such as "I Never Look Back -- The Buddy Werner Story" will be shown along with other vintage ski films. Guitarist Doug Forney will provide live entertainment.

Tickets to the event cost $35. Local businesses, including The Bottleneck and Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, have donated alcohol for the fundraiser. One of the featured wines will be Viña Major Crianza, a Spanish red wine. A variety of Colorado microbrew selections, including Tommyknocker's Imperial Stout, will be served.

Door prizes, including historical videos and books, will be given away to attendees.

Live and silent auction items include snowmobile tours, hot air balloon rides, massages and the museum's popular framed historical photos.

Tickets to Treading on the Grapes are available at the museum. Lombardo said people should buy their tickets early because they usually sell out.

¤ "Treading on the Grapes," a wine and beer tasting benefit for Tread of Pioneers Museum

¤ 6 to 8 p.m. March 17

¤ Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

¤ $35

¤ 879-2214

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