Date(s) - 02/08/2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum


 The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) and RE/MAX Aspen Leaf Realty are excited to present Spirits in the Shaft: a wine, beer, & whiskey tasting event on February 8th, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

 This after-hours event includes the opportunity to explore all 25,000 square feet of exhibit space within the museum while tasting offerings from 10 Colorado vintners, brewers, and distillers.  A presentation on Moroccan wines, a new temporary exhibit opening, a psychic medium, and of course, a silent auction should make for a night at the museum you don’t want to miss!

In addition to our featured wineries, breweries, and distilleries, Heady Red (aka Christine Whittington) will present Exploring Moroccan Wines. Whittington recently traveled to Morocco to experience its resurging wine industry, food, and culture. She sought out wine at a hidden wine shop known as “The Cave”, toured the Domaine Zouina Vineyard in the Guerrouane AOG in the Meknès/Fès region, and experienced exquisite wine and food pairings at Rick’s Café in Casablanca.

 Morocco has seven wine regions containing fourteen AOGs (Guaranteed Appellation of Origin) and two AOCs (Controlled Appellation of Origin). Most Moroccan vineyards are in the foothills of the coastal Atlas Mountains. The relatively high altitudes and the cooling effect of the nearby ocean preserve acidity in grapes and help create balanced wines. Finding these wines is challenging due to the country’s restrictions on advertising and access. Whittington will pour a white blend from Ouled Thaleb, the oldest winery in Morocco, located in the Zenata AOG along the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Rabat; a Syrah, also from the Zenata AOG; and a red blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Domaine Zouina Vineyard. Whittington is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) through the Society of Wine Educators and is a member of the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology (CAVE).

 Attendees will have an exclusive first look at NMHFM’s new temporary exhibition Sequencing Through Time and Place:  The Carissa Mine. Sequencing Through Time & Place is a collaborative effort of artists Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson – mixed media artist, photographer, and dancer – who explore how artists perceive, respond to, and express place (in this case, The Carissa Mine) through different expressive lenses.  The exhibit features interpretive dance, mixed media assemblage, and photography as mechanisms for understanding the past life of the Carissa Mine, a historic gold mining site in South Pass City, Wyoming. The trio has worked together on previous projects in London and Venice.

 Claircognizant, clairvoyant, clairsentient, clairaudient psychic medium, Sarah Paige, will be sharing her ability to see, sense, feel and hear those who have crossed over into spirit. She also practices psychometry (sensing energy in objects) and cartomancy which entails reading a regular deck of poker cards (the original Tarot) and Oracle cards.

 Paige has always felt different as she often ‘knows’ things without knowing why.  As a child, she was far too logical for the average kid and always seemed to just know stuff – stuff a kid shouldn’t or couldn’t know – like when the phone was about to ring or when something wasn’t going to work out the way the adults around her thought.  It wasn’t until Paige was thirty-five she realized she has a claircognizant empathic gift.

 Paige started using her gifts professionally in 2011. She conducts private, semi-private and group readings and assists police and families in investigations and missing-persons cases. Having read for family members of the Aurora Theater shooting victims, as well as many other spirits of murder and suicide, Paige is adamant about her ethics. She credits God for her gifts and believes they are incredible blessings that are to be nurtured, respected and used to bring peace to those she reads.

 With limited parking at NMHFM, the museum is pleased to partner with Lake County Senior Center to offer shuttle service to and from the event.   The Senior Center will offer off-site parking at its parking lot with shuttle service to and from the museum as well as door to door service within Leadville city limits and a stop at the Twin Lakes junction (Hwy 24 at Hwy 82).  Other stops will be considered upon request. To utilize the service, please buy shuttle tickets, $5 per person in town roundtrip, $10 per person for the Twin Lakes stop roundtrip, when buying your event tickets on the museum’s website. Rides from the event will also be available the night of the event for $10 per person.  All proceeds from the shuttle service will directly benefit the Senior Center.

 Event tickets are $40 through February 3rd and $45 thereafter.  The first 150 ticket purchasers receive a free NMHFM logo branded wine glass.  Purchase tickets at or by calling 719-486-1229.  All proceeds from the event benefit your nonprofit National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.

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