Mint & Mingle~Viewing Old Mint & Fashion Exhibit Followed by Vino & Vittles FULL

If you can't attend this outing, join us the following Saturday, April 27th, for the same program.

It's time to tour the Old Mint which some members of various meetups last visited almost three years ago. This historic building, which opened in 1874, was turned over to the City by the U.S. Treasury in 2003 and used only sporadically for a few public and private events . . . while it tries to raise funds to turn it into a

city history museum.  See    the wonderful photos of the mint down through time on the Museum homepage

This is a rare chance to view the interior while enjoying an enticing exhibition. Afterward, we cross the street to Gallery/Bar 4N5 for some for some very special green/natural/sustainable/organic wines and munchies.

The exhibit is entitled San Francisco Style, showcasing the styles and fashions of San Francisco throughout history.

Fashion is the ultimate artistic expression of individual style, and San Francisco has had an influence on the way people dress dating back to the 19th century.

Most famously, the city is known as the birthplace of blue jeans. The world’s best selling item of clothing and one of the greatest icons of modern fashion, blue jeans were invented in San Francisco by Levi Strauss in 1873. In the 1950s, the blue denim synonymous for decades with hard, honest work became a symbol of rebellious youth when sported by screen idols like James Dean and Marlon Brando. Blue jeans have since entered the high fashion vocabulary and are ubiquitous. Today jeans are part of the repertoire of haute couture houses like Armani, Valentino and Chanel.

The whimsical, irreverent attire of the Haight-Ashbury’s Flower Children in the 1960s has influenced clothing designers as diverse as Jessica McClintock and Betsey Johnson. In the late 1960s Bill Kelly, Stanley Mouse and others set up a studio in Mill Valley to produce designs expressly for T-shirts, thus putting fine art on what had previously been regarded as a merely utilitarian article of clothing. Since the ’60s the influence of San Francisco’s clothing designers has only continued to create new fashion trends: Don and Doris Fisher’s Gap, Susie and Doug Tompkins’ Esprit, Mel and Patricia Ziegler’s Banana Republic, the list goes on and on.

If there’s one thing San Francisco’s clothing designers have done collectively, it is to inspire the world to dress with imagination and to dress for comfort without ever losing a sense of style.

Because of the linkage of the Gold Rush to the Mint, and in keeping with Earth Day, we intend to feature ecofriendly wines from the Gold Country.The tasting reception will occur in a nearby venue--The Pickwick Hotel across from the mint.  Meetup @ 2 pm Wines provided by which you can join at the event for significant savings.

Early Bird Ticket, includes $10 admission to the exhibit plus the tasting: $25 through March 20th then goes up to $30.  Discount advance payment also includes a FREE BOTTLE OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC WINE (no sulfites added). Go to: (full)

Refunds given up to April 15th (tax day)

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  • ellen

    Had an emergency come up. Next week perhaps.

    April 20, 2013

  • Diane L.

    Won't make it:( Getting up to speed with new job. Have fun.

    April 20, 2013

  • Diane L.

    Hi Tom
    So can I confirm that if I have already RSVP'd as well as purchasing my ticket then i am good to go for this Saturday's festivities?

    Thanks. Im really looking forward to it.

    April 17, 2013

  • Laurence

    Change of plans...Have to catch you next time...

    April 18, 2013

  • ME H.

    What is the latest one can arrive to still be able to review the Mint exhibit?

    April 2, 2013

    • tom m.

      The exhibit ends at 4 pm

      April 3, 2013

  • lamia


    March 30, 2013

  • Diane L.

    ticket purchased. thanks Tom for the reminder the event will sell out and to act now.

    March 28, 2013

  • Kal

    I don't know what "ecofriendly" wines are. I thought all wines come from an ecosystem that is friendly to their growth. ;)
    But, here is a link on sulfites in wine:
    Sulfites are a natural byproduct of yeast during wine fermentation, so all wine has some, even the "organic wine". The "organic wine" just does not have any extra added.

    March 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We're talking about parts per million. Notice that Frey wines state not only 'no sulfites added' but 'Contins no detectable sulfites' Nonetheless there are so few such wineries in CA. Thanks for adding this informative article.

      Ecofriendly is meant to indicate that some vineyard management and related activities pay more attention to avoiding using herbicides and other forms of intervention.

      March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cannot make it :(

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds great. See you there!

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds very interesting!

    March 7, 2013

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