BRISTOL - The American Clock & Watch Museum is winding up for its major fundraiser of the year, âWine, Women and Watches,â on Sept. 12.
âPeople really enjoy this annual event,â said Kim Bondeson-Ciccarello, event co-chair. âEveryone has a great time, all while raising funds to support the museumâs education programs, collections and exhibits.â
The event, open to men as well as women, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the museum, 100 Maple St. It will feature wines by Beringer Vineyards, hors dâoeuvres by Inspired Catering, a silent auction, a scavenger hunt through the museum and a âstuff the busâ fundraiser to help schools pay for field trips to and visitors from the museum.
âThe cost of transportation has increased for many schools to the point where visiting the museum has become prohibitive,â said Colleen Nicastro, director of interpretation at the museum.
Nicastro said that the museum has also brought programs to schools, such as its previous âradium girlsâ exhibit. She said that it has also spoken with high school drama classes and art classes.
Deb Quilty, co-chair of the event, said that this yearâs silent auction will have âmany great prizes,â including tickets to sporting events, wine packages, family outings and home and garden items.
âWe have four Red Sox tickets, tickets for UConn womenâs basketball, pampering and massage packages and âpooch pamperingâ packages for dogs, trips to Mystic Seaport, and an overnight stay at DoubleTree hotel,â said Patti Philippon, executive director of the museum.
The Scavenger Hunt will be related to the museumâs current exhibit, âSelling Time: Methods and Means in Clock and Watch Advertisingâ and will take people through the museum galleries looking for clues.
Since âWine, Women and Watchesâ was founded, Philippon said that she has seen it grow considerably.
âWe have a lot of returning visitors and a lot of people who come for the event later come back to visit the museum,â she said. âIt whets their appetite. Weâve also had wonderful feedback from our sponsors who have come back year after year.â
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the museum at 860-583-6070. Space is limited so those who wish to attend are encouraged to buy tickets quickly.