BRISTOL – Early Bird tickets are now available for the annual “From the Vine” wine tasting event, the celebration of Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center’s 15th anniversary and the 5th anniversary of the new Bristol Boys & Girls Club building.
“It’s absolutely wonderful to see how Imagine Nation has grown,” said Michael Suchopar, president and CEO of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club. “It started small with big aspirations but the work that the staff has done here has been beyond any reasonable expectations of what it could have been. Imagine Nation now delivers what many people consider to be the best early learning experiences anywhere in the country. Imagine Nation and the Boys & Girls Club have probably brought more people into Bristol to experience the greatness of this community than any other organization.”
Suchopar said the impact that Imagine Nation and the Boys & Girls Club has had is “unmatched and unique.” He estimated that the two organizations have “reached hundreds of thousands of people” and provided them with quality learning experiences.
“The merger of the museum and the preschool was a bold move to meet the changing needs of children,” he said. “The early learning center is cutting edge and state of the art. And we hope the people if Bristol are as proud of what we do as we are.”
The event will be held May 3 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, located at 1 Pleasant Street, Bristol. It features more than 50 wine, beer and spirit tastings, hors d’oeuvres from Inspired Catering, live music on two floors, including the Mike & Jerry Acoustic Duo, and a coffee and dessert bar.
Doreen Stickney, director of development and marketing at Imagine Nation, thanked the event committee which she said has been “working so hard to make it successful.”
“This event will support our educational programs and our mission to provide a unique environment that inspires young children and families to investigate tangible, interactive learning experiences,” she said.
“This year’s event has an extended hours party from 9 to 10:30 p.m. to celebrate our 15th anniversary,” added Heather Grance, Marketing Manager at Imagine Nation. “Maple End Package Store will provide guests with a wide variety of fine wines, spirits, and beer to taste. Snack at our Italian style charcuterie table stocked with artisan cheeses and meats, and enjoy elevated versions of childhood treats from Inspired Catering, including bacon macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese with tomato soup sippers, pulled pork slip and sliders and more.”
Grance added those who attend the event will be given an order form to order any of the beer, wine, or spirits that they like from Maple End Package Store. They will then later be able to pick them up at the store, and 10 percent of the profits from that sale will be donated to Imagine Nation.
Coral Richardson, director of Imagine Nation, said she hopes to attract 200 people for the fundraiser, which she said is one of Imagine Nation’s biggest during the year.
“Since its founding, Imagine Nation has been achieving greatness,” she said. “We want to keep moving forward to provide state of the art educational opportunities for children and families in Bristol, and to keep it fun.”
Grance added that a silent auction will also be held, featuring “an array health, fitness, dining, entertainment, professional, home, wine, and sporting goods.” There will be a $20 wine pull and anyone who buys a ticket will be able to take home a bottle of wine.
“Creativity Stations” will be located throughout the museum studios. These include wine glass and beer mug painting in the art studio, the chance to stand in a giant bubble, playing with a lighted sandbox that shows topography and the BrightLogic Active Floor. Imagine Nation will also show off its new wellness studio with “Surgery Sam” – a giant game of Operation.
Those who plan to participate are asked to come in business casual attire.
Sponsorships are now available. For more information on sponsorships, call Doreen Stickney at 860-540-3160 or email Doreen.Stickney@ImagineNation.org.
Early Bird tickets are available now for $50 through March 31. Tickets will be $55 April 1 through May 2. Tickets can be purchased at ImagineNation.org/WineTasting, at Maple End Package Store in Bristol, at Imagine Nation, or by calling 860-540-3190.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.