• ‘Washington & Wine’ at Albany Institute

02 Nov

ALBANY — Having recently returned from lending a hand making apple brandy at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Distillery, I have trouble thinking of ol’ George in connection with wine. He was, after all, the young nation’s leading distiller at the time of his death in 1799.

Nevertheless, I’m shifting mental gears in keeping with an event created by the Albany Institute of History & Art to showcase its exhibit “First in the Hearts of His Countrymen: George Washington” — a wine-and-hors d’oeuvres event dubbed “Washington & Wine.”

The 6 to 8 p.m. event next Thursday (November 10) will include meeting new museum director David Carroll and a tour of the exhibit led by curator W. Douglas McCombs as a harpist plays music from the period. Wine samples will be provided by Capital Wine.

The exhibit, which runs through May 20, 2012, “showcases an eclectic array of items from the Institute’s collection, including teapots, plates, busts, documents, personal correspondence, lithographs, paintings, and even a walking stick cut from a tree near his Mount Vernon grave site, all paying tribute to this purely American hero,” according to the museum.

Tickets for “Washington & Wine” are $55 for members, $65 for non-members. reservations are required and may be made by this Friday at (518) 463-4478, extension 469 or by e-mail.

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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Capital Region, History, Upstate


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