NEWPORT NEWS—On Saturday, June 18, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will celebrate the Mariners’ “Sips & Trips” event from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. This new event is a combination of two of the annual gatherings the museum has hosted in the past, the International Wine Classic, usually held in the early summer, and the Gallery Crawl, which normally occurs in the fall.
Since both events have been on hold for almost three years during the pandemic, The Mariners’ Museum is taking this opportunity to bring the two events together for a unique evening of sampling more than 60 quality international and domestic wines with a chance for visitors to engage with items from the museum that are normally not on display to the general public.
“Guests will be able to walk through the exhibit halls with their wine because the cups will have tops on them,” said Luisa Vázquez-López, senior director of advancement at The Mariners’ Museum. “We have 11 different stations for guests to stop by that represent what we’re calling ‘ports.’ In the program that guests will receive when they arrive will be a ‘passport’ that our team members can check off at each station. At the end, guests can put their completed card into a basket for a chance to win a raffle prize.”
The Mariners’ Museum staff members will be at each ‘port’ to talk about a specific item or subjects. Some of the destinations will include:
Brussels, Belgium—Discover how the Art Nouveau movement influenced transatlantic travel.
Fortress Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA—Hear the history of spirits (alcohol) in the U.S. and British Navies.
Liverpool, England—Learn first-hand accounts and pop cultural portrayals of the Titanic.
Middle of the Ocean—Learn what to do when one is literally surrounded by a vast body of water.
Isle of Wight, England—Discover the remarkable collection item recently bestowed to The Mariners’ Museum. There will be a special unveiling of the object at the beginning of the evening.
Presented by The Bronze Door Society, the oldest, member-managed affinity group of The Mariners’ Museum and Park, the evening will include a menu of food pairings from local culinary partners, including the Mariners’ Café. Tastings are unlimited and each guest will receive a commemorative beverage cup. All proceeds will support the museum’s conservation and preservation efforts.
“This is our way to engage with the community, provide safe fun for all, but also to demonstrate why we conserve our objects and share their stories for generations to come,” said Vázquez-López. “It’s going to be really fun, and the team is very excited.”
Unlike previous International Wine Classics which were held in the main lobby and concourse, this event will have wine tastings and food pairings in three different areas so guests can spread out and not be confined to a largely crowded area. The Monitor Center area of the museum will be closed, but visitors will be able to spread out in other parts of the museum and the Small Crafts Center.
Tickets for the event are $70 for guests, $60 for Museum Members, and $35 for those who will not be sampling wine (other non-alcoholic beverages will be available). Tickets can be purchased online at marinersmuseum.org/sips or by calling 757-596-2222. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.