A 1900 22-foot Lozier Launch featured at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum.
Regional wine makers will be bringing their finest vino to the fourth annual Winter Wine Fest to raise money for a new exhibit at a local museum.
On Jan. 26, the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum will host its fourth annual Champlain Valley Winter Wine Festival showcasing the region’s unique specialty wines and food.
All proceeds from the event will go to the museum to help build a Lozier Gallery and Kids Station, an interactive area built for children to touch, climb and interact with the exhibits.
The two-day event will begin with a grand tasting and silent auction at Legends Bistro and Comfort Inn on Route 3 from 4 to 7 p.m.
“It will be a chance to see what local products are out there,” said Lisa LaFountain, director of fundraising and membership at the museum. “People will get the chance to talk to the different people who make the products and meet the people who enjoy them.”
Local wineries to participate include: Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery; Stonehouse Vineyard; Vesco Ridge Vineyard, and regional products will be presented by Liquor and Wine Warehouse; McCadam and Cabot Cheese; Jeezum Crow Beef products from D & D Meats; Homestead Maple; Gonyo Farms Jams and Jellies, and Batters Up Bakeshop, and others.
Guests will also enjoy a silent auction and live music by pianist Emily Carlin.
A dinner will follow the tasting at 7 p.m. with an exclusive three-course dinner at Legends.
“Each course will be matched with specifically paired wine that compliment each other,” LaFountain said.
Last year LaFountain said the event raised about $5,000. The money helped convert the museum’s lighting to LED that has saved the museum money and complimented the exhibits well.
The money raised at this year’s event will help the museum develop a special museum dedicated to Lozier transportation creations.
Dick Soper, docent and exhibit manager, said the Lozier company had a factory on Cumberland Ave where Georgia Pacific currently operates. He said the transportation company closed its doors in Plattsburgh in 1915.
Soper said the museum already has two Lozier cars made in 1914 and 1915, a Lozier Boat that was made in Plattsburgh in 1900 and three bikes made in 1878, 1885 and 1890.
“The Lozier company started with bikes built in Cleveland, Ohio, factory and they came here to build their boats and from there went on to make cars at another factory,” Soper said.
The museum hopes to recreate what the Lozier factory would look like and construct a showroom for the artifacts like people would have seen when the items were for sale in Plattsburgh.
The money raised will also help the museum continue their Kids Station activities done at the library.
“Right now we hold our kids event’s at the Plattsburgh Library and have craft time and other things for kids to do for free,” LaFountain said. “Next year we hope to convert another building we have into a hands on exhibits and learning station for kids.”
The museum is currently closed but will open again for its 2013 season in the last week of April.
Wine Dinner tickets are $75 per person and cover food, wine, tax, tip, and a $35 donation to the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum and Kids’ Station.
Ticket packages are available at a discounted rate of $90 for both a Grand Tasting Ticket and a Wine Dinner Ticket. The Plattsburgh Comfort Inn and Suites is offering a discount on standard hotel rooms for those who purchase both Grand Tasting and Wine Dinner Tickets. Rooms may be reserved at a rate of $99 for the night.
Information, directions, and tickets are available online at cvwinefestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the museum at 566-7575 or at the Comfort Inn and Suites.