Cleveland museum to host pre-airshow party

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) is hosting its seventh annual Corks in the Concourse pre-airshow party on Friday, Aug. 31, the day before the Cleveland National Air Show kicks off.

This wine-tasting event is held among the museum’s exhibits honoring women in aviation and space history. All proceeds from Corks in the Concourse will go directly to support the museum, officials noted.

This year’s event features Ohio wines as nine local wineries will be providing a sampling of their products throughout the evening. Corks in the Concourse will salute Harriet Quimby, the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Quimby was also the first U.S. woman to earn a pilots license.

The evening includes wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, music, silent auction & live raffle. In addition, guests will enjoy a view of the airshow planes in the airport’s grassy area overlooking the runway, which is opened up for the party. Attendees can also mingle with airshow performers, including Jane Wicker, a wing walker/aerobatic pilot, who is scheduled to attend the event.

Silent auction items this year include a Fighter Pilot for a Day Adventure, a five night stay in Costa Rica for two, a Napa Valley wine experience for two as well as numerous items donated by other area attractions, restaurants, and organizations.

Tickets for the event are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. The ticket price includes wine tastings, hors d’ouevres, a commemorative wine glass and parking. A designated driver ticket is available for only $35. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the museum office at 216-623-1111.

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum preserves the history of women in aviation and space by documenting their past, present and future contributions. The museum focuses its educational efforts on promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to students throughout Northeast Ohio.

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located in the Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 North Marginal Rd. Museum admission is free and exhibits are open 8 am-8 pm daily.

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