COLUMBIA, PA: Sip on some wine and check out the chimes! With the overwhelming success of last year, the National Watch and Clock Museum, Library & Research Center is holding its second annual wine-tasting event, “Wine & Chimes,” on Friday, October 22, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will be highlighted by an evening of sampling fine local wines and mouthwatering foods from area restaurants, enjoying live music, and seeing all the Museum’s exhibits, including the Bond Watches, James Bond Watches collection, which opened to an eager crowd of Bond enthusiasts in June.

Seven area wineries/suppliers, including Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery, Inc., Tamanend Winery, Twin Brook Winery, Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate, Waltz Winery, Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, and Steve’s Home Brew Supplies will offer samples of their finest wines. And what’s wine without something tasty to go with it?! These local restaurants and food shops will provide an array of delicious food to complement the wine: Loxley’s, Symposium, Bully’s, Dishes by Diane Catering, Wolfgang Chocolate, Flinchbaugh Orchards, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, Golden Stories, The Flour Child Pastry & Bake Shop, Café Chocolate, and the Town Clock Cheese Shoppe. Also, for the designated drivers in attendance or those just looking for an alternative, Turkey Hill will be providing plenty of nonalcoholic drinks.

Amy Ash and The Volcanoes will set the mood for the evening. The four-piece band will rock the Museum with their unique sound as they play a blend of rock, R & B, adult alternative, and soul. Amy enjoys bringing new life to old favorites. Her love of sharing her heart through song has allowed her to be free and flexible in the choices she makes: singing for the love of music… and it shows in every song.

What can be done with all those empty wine bottles visitors will be polishing off that evening? Artist Gretchen Young knows well. Whether it is a funky wine bottle bowl, a sophisticated cheese tray, a cutting board, a belt buckle, or beautiful fused glass jewelry, Gigy's Glassworks recycles those bottles and creates unique kitchenware, housewares, and jewelry that can reflect your eco-friendly mind-set. All her creations will be available to purchase — a wonderful way to start holiday shopping.

With Halloween approaching, an investigation was recently led by the Central PA Paranormal Society to follow up on numerous reports of ghostlike activity in the Museum. Visitors and staff have excitedly commented on the sighting of orbs, inexplicable voices and footsteps, and objects mysteriously falling to the floor! The Paranormal Society will be present at Wines & Chimes to speak to guests and show a DVD supporting its just-released findings.

In addition to the evening’s activities, media sponsors 101 The Rose and Smooth Jazz 92.7 will provide some additional music and offer fun giveaways throughout the evening.

Wine & Chimes is an event exclusively for those 21 and over. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets are $20 and $15 for designated drivers, with no discount to any ghosts in attendance. Ticket price also includes a commemorative wine glass and Museum admission. To order tickets or for more information, visit or call 717-684-8261, ext. 211.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with close to 19,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at


Kim Craven, NAWCC Marketing & Special Events Coordinator • p: 717.684.8261x231 •

NAWCC seeks to encourage and stimulate interest in the art and science of timekeeping.