Written by Al Stover
As the sound of Celtic music filled the air, over 100 Wolf Point citizens filled the upstairs of the Wolf Point Elks Lodge, tasting wine and food.
The Wolf Point Area Museum held their annual wine tasting, art auction and spaghetti dinner Friday, Nov. 8. The event raised over $6,500 for the museum.
Guests ate a dinner comprised of spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, buttered bread and dessert. They also were treated to red and white wines from California, Italy and Argentina. Guests who enjoyed the wine had the opportunity to purchase full bottles of their favorites.
Prior to the live auction, the Montana ShamRockers, a celtic band from Polson, performed for the guests. According to band member Neal Lewing, the ShamRockers were approached by Herman Shumway to play at the event after Shumway discovered the band on the cover of an issue of Montana Senior News.
Despite some technical difficulties, the band played original songs from their albums Just Plain Lucky and New and Used, as well as classic Celtic ballads such as Wild Rover and Whiskey Johnny, which got the audience clapping.
Between songs, Lewing encouraged the audience to bid and donate funds to help the museum.
“[The museum] is a wonderful house of treasured history,” Lewing said.
After the band finished their first set, local auctioneer Robert Toavs began the auction. Some of the items, included photographs, tool kits and a pink robe.
The live auction raised over $4,000. The silent auction sold several items and raised over $800.
Once the live auction was finished, the ShamRockers resumed playing.
Richard Kurtz and wife are the museum curators. Kurtz felt the fundraiser was a success as there were over 100 people at the event with 55 bidding.
“This is kind a fun time for people to come out,” Kurtz said. “The feed was good and I have to say the wine was good too.”
The auction was one of the successes for the museum this year. Open from May 15 to Sept. 13, the museum received 669 visitors from 35 states, three Canadian provinces and four additional foreign countries.