The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) is hosting its sixth annual Corks in the Concourse pre-air show party Friday, Sept. 2, just before the Cleveland National Air Show takes 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.
For this year’s event the museum will be celebrating the 1929 National Women’s Air Derby. The first National Women’s Air Derby was a race that began in Santa Monica, Calif., and ended in Cleveland, Ohio, where the 1929 Cleveland National Air Races were being held. Fourteen women completed the derby, including Amelia Earhart, Blanche Noyes and Louise Thaden. Travel along the same route as these female flyers by sampling wine and hors d’oeuvres representing the various stops along race.
Other activities for the evening include a silent auction and raffle, special guest appearance by Ravenna Miceli from 107.3 FM, and book signings by local authors. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to dress in period costume. In addition, guests will enjoy a unique view of the air show planes in the airport’s grassy area overlooking the runway, which is opened up for the party. Tickets are required for this event, and will be available for purchase in August.
Tickets for the event are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. The ticket price includes wine tasting, 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 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 museum is located in the Burke Lakefront Airport.