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Gourmet food prepared especially for Meetuppers, wines crafted by independent winemakers, Golden Gate Bridge memorabilia never before exhibited in one place.
Our monthly wine gatherings, paired with distinctive experiences and co-sponsored with the Bay Area Wine Society Meetup, seek to offer occasions for people to socialize over new and different wine styles and flavors. You can taste a variety of wines for close to the cost of a glass or flight of three wines at a high mark-up wine bar. AND THE TASTING IS JUST ONE BLOCK FROM BART WITH PARKING ADJACENT TO THE VENUE. ALSO ALL THE ACTIVITIES ARE OCCURRING THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND. NO GIANTS OR BLUE ANGELS TRAFFIC TO CONTENT WITH
2:30 - 3:30 The Smithsonian Magazine, as part of its national Free Museum Day program, is sponsoring admission to the 75th Anniversary exhibit on the designing and building of the Golden Gate Bridge at the California Historical Society. You must order your limited free ticket online, which covers two people, here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket/ .
3:45- 5:00 Sampling of wines crafted by rising star independent winemakers. We will conduct our September taste-off at a new restaurant inside the Metreon--Split Bread.
This much talked-about resto offers hot spit roasted meats, fresh artisan baked breads, locally sourced produce for salads, house made pickles and spreads, and truly remarkable sandiwiches. A deli it ain't (more like a sandwich bistro). They are going to lay out a showcase spread costing much more than we are charging.
Find out more about them here:
Yelp's live in primetime photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yelp/sets/72157631537645499/
Yelp reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/split-bread-san-francisco
Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/08/first-look-split-bread-san-francisco.html
We will rate and rank the wines and as is our practice we will post the results on our blog.
You can attend the tasting without attending the museum show, but as with our other programs we seek to pair art on the wall and in cases with the winemaking art. FYI: At the Wine Mingle we will raffle off several bottles of special wine.
Prepayment ensures a place; we may or may not have tickets at the door depending on how much wine we have available to pour. Go to this link to pay in advance (you don't need to have a PayPal Account; PayPal will process your credit card)
TICKETS http://bayareawinesociety.org/Upcoming_Events.html .
Refunds will be provided up to two days before the event.
You may have noticed that the exterior received new layers of paint-in Sherwin Williams' International Orange, the color of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge-to welcome a stunning exhibition CHS mounted as its part in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the famous rust-colored suspension bridge.
The title of the exhibition, A Wild Flight of the Imagination, is borrowed from a 1921 promotional prospectus for the Golden Gate Bridge.The authors, chief engineer for the Bridge Joseph Strauss and San Francisco city engineer M. M. O'Shaughnessy, used inspirational language to set a tone for the enormously ambitious engineering feat—language and imagery that would endure throughout the four-year project and that clings to our image of the bridge even today.
The exhibition begins with a look back at the Golden Gate—that great aperture linking the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean—a hundred years before the bridge and its history as an inspirational landscape for artist, writers, and travelers. The exhibition continues chronologically, from the events leading up to the bridge's conception, to its completion in 1937.
You will learn what life was like in the years just before the bridge was constructed, including ferry life and culture along the San Francisco Bay and the increasing pressure that cars put on the city confined by water on three sides. A unique scrapbook of clippings from the late 1920s, part of the CHS collection, allows viewers to trace the elaborate media campaign that succeeded in winning over a reluctant public. The original Western Union telegram to Mayor "Sunny Jim" Rolph of San Francisco dated December 29, 1924, alerting him that the bridge had been approved by the War Department—a huge hurdle for the project—will allow visitors to feel the excitement that must have accompanied the receipt of this news 88 years ago.
Works of art made by artists employed as part of the campaign for the bridge will be shown for the first time in many years. Paintings by Maynard Dixon and Chesley Bonestell (who would later become famous as "the father of modern space art") imagine what the bridge would ultimately look like. Along with drawings for the bridge by architects John Eberson (best known for his movie palace designs) and Irving Morrow, these works have been in the care of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Through a shared interest in making them available to the public, they have come to the galleries at CHS.
Photographs and scrapbooks depicting the lives of workers on the bridge, original tools, a hard hat, and an opportunity to hold a rivet from the bridge will give visitors a more physical sense of the work involved in building this landmark admired around the globe