The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum will host a special fundraiser at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 featuring a selection of craft whiskey samples and food pairings from the Blackfly Restaurant.
The â€œLighthouse Speakeasyâ€ will include samples from Hudson Whiskey, Jeffersonâ€™s Bourbon, Templeton Rye and Carpano Antica Formula. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Museumâ€™s maritime research and education programs.
â€œThis is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drink small batch whiskeys and sample amazing food in a unique, historically relevant location,â€ said Board of Trustees member Bruce Beaman, who helped organize the event. â€œThis will be the last event of this type to be held in the basement, which was featured in Ghost Hunters, before the new exhibit installation begins. Your tickets will help fund the Lighthouseâ€™s programs that provide educational opportunities to our community.â€
Spirits selected for the event include hand-crafted whiskey and bourbon from New York City, a rye whiskey from Iowa and a sweet Italian vermouth. Each of these will be paired with delicious food from St. Augustineâ€™s award-winning Blackfly Restaurant.
â€œThis is going to be a really fun, unique experience that we have never done before at the Lighthouse,â€ said Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming. â€œOur historic building has the perfect ambience for a cozy, speakeasy party and the refreshments weâ€™ve selected will offer folks a high caliber taste experience you canâ€™t get anywhere else in St. Augustine.â€
All refreshments for the event have been generously donated, so all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Museum programs including an annual summer camp with scholarships for at-risk youth, research programs that provide hands-on underwater archaeology experience for college students and a new Maritime Research & Education Center that will provide much-needed handicap accessible exhibit and classroom space at the Museum.