MOUNT DESERT — A Flight of Swallows, the 5th annual wine-tasting benefit for the Wendell Gilley Museum, will alight in Northeast Harbor at the Neighborhood House on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 5:30-8 p.m.
This year’s swallows hail from the southern hemisphere. Fifty wines chosen by Scott Worcester, proprietor of Sawyer’s Specialties in Southwest Harbor, will enable participants to sample varieties from five countries: Argentina, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Guests will receive “A Field Guide to the Swallows of the Southern Hemisphere,” created to guide choices, with room for tasting notes.
Swallow participants will not be expected to eat like birds during the evening’s flight. A menu of southern hemisphere-inspired appetizers created by Jennifer Worcester of Southwest Harbor’s Sips will complete the tasting experience. Guests will learn what foods pair particularly well with the wines.
Those wishing to rest between flights can watch museum Carver-in-Residence Steven Valleau demonstrate how to carve birds or simply relax to the sounds of live jazz performed by Scott Cleveland on keyboard, John Gallagher on bass and Chris Poulin on guitar.
Tickets are limited and available only by advance purchase from the Wendell Gilley Museum online at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org, at 244-7555 or in person at the museum, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $150 each, $75 of which is tax-deductible. Media sponsorship of the event is by “Maine Home and Design” magazine, with additional sponsorship by the Chilton Trust.