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HOPS ’n’ CLOCKS
With more beer and food than ever before!
COLUMBIA, PA: It’s time to sip on some hops and check out the clocks! The National Watch and Clock Museum will hold its eighth annual beer-tasting event, Hops ’n’ Clocks, on Friday, July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come sample local brews and the area’s fine food, enjoy live music, and maybe even walk away with a door prize!
Three new breweries are joining the fun this year: Gift Horse Brewing, Roy Pitz Brewing, and Wacker Brewing, along with Bailees’s Homebrew & Wine Supplies. Returning breweries include Lancaster Brewing, Liquid Hero Brewery, Troegs Brewing, Columbia Kettleworks,J & J Miracle Mead, and Wyndridge Farm with its crafty hard cider. And what’s beer without something to go with it? Providing tasty samples to complement the beer will be two new caterers to Hops ’n’ Clocks: Hurricane Pizza and Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. Those returning include Union Station Grill, Half Nuts Popcorn, Hinkle’s, the Original Pickle Co., Baum’s Bologna, Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen, Bully’s, Burning Bridge Tavern, and the Wrightsville Inn. For designated drivers or those just looking for an alternative, Turkey Hill also will provide plenty of nonalcoholic drinks!
Live music by the energetic and popular Irish group Fire in the Glen returns with a rollicking selection of traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, and the Canadian Maritimes, including blistering fiddle tunes, mug-thumping pub songs, and soulful airs and touching ballads … and some unusual twists as well!
“The People’s Choice” will be awarded at the conclusion of the evening after everyone has visited all the breweries and restaurants and voted by ballot for his or her favorite!
A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets are $30 and $15 for designated drivers. Attendees must be 21 or older and IDs will be checked at the door. The ticket price includes beer tasting, food sampling, a commemorative glass, Museum admission, live music, and even a chance to win a door prize! Proceeds benefit the National Watch & Clock Museum, Library & Research Center.
To order tickets visit www.museumoftime.org or call 717-684-8261, ext. 211.
Media sponsor for Hops ’n’ Clocks 2015 is ESPN Radio 92.7 FM.
May 7, 2015
MAKE AND TAKE TIME
COLUMBIA, PA: “At the National Watch and Clock Museum you don’t have to just visit time. You can take time home with you!” explains Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Kim Craven.
Make-and-Take Workshops will be held at the Museum on Mondays June 1 through August 31 between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants can choose the clock they want to make for themselves or for a gift. There is a small fee of $6 and large groups should make reservations by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 237.
“A workshop like this one is another opportunity to encourage families to visit and see that our Museum is not only educational, but a whole lot of fun, too – for all ages,” states Director of Education Katie Knaub.
JAMES BOND WORE THE QUARTZ REVOLUTION
COLUMBIA, PA: James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution—a brand new exhibit—will challenge what visitors think they know. Displays will feature important wristwatches from the commercial history as it unfolded—all worn by the James Bond character in the EON Productions movies of the period.
The exhibit opens June 3, 2015, at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA. Bond expert Dell Deaton (JamesBondWatches.com) will curate the latest addition to expanded Museum displays to enhance the vital contributions of wristwatches to societies.
"We hope to correct myths arguing that the Quartz Revolution was nothing more than about making watches cheaper," says Deaton. "Or that an understanding of this 'revolution' requires no more than understanding how Quartz oscillators work as a time-basis.
"This exhibit seeks to explain why this revolution happened when it happened and shows how it continues to remain invaluable to contemporary society—at the very least, to reopen the discussion and move beyond cliché.
"The most important outcome of the Quartz Revolution was that it delivered a vast leap in one’s personal, mobile ability to control his own timekeeping. It was the culmination of a centuries-old pursuit, and it was delivered at exactly the period in history when consumers were ready for it and demanding it. None of this was simple or obvious as it was happening," Deaton continues.
"The Quartz Revolution is essentially a consumer-driven story. That’s something too easily missed when you exclusively focus on the watch companies, betting on winners and losers who anted up for the battles as they played out in the 1970s, ’80s, and then finally settling down in the 1990s."
"By focusing on the fictional 'James Bond' character, we create a proxy for the consumer that can stand as a brand on equal footing with those of watchmakers. Thus, we can tell this story from its necessary, original perspective. I also think that makes it more globally objective as well."
At the center of this exhibit are examples of all 12 quartz James Bond wristwatches representing screen-correct models of those featured in EON productions movies premiered from 1973 through 1995.
It is believed that this is the first time ever that all real-world Bond quartz watches have been shown side-by-side and running. Moreover, these watches optimally reflect key challenges, solutions, and innovations of the Quartz Revolution in their own rights: They just happen to have been James Bond choices as well.
“We’re excited once again to explore an important aspect of wristwatch development through the story of James Bond,” says Museum Director Noel Poirier. “The Bond story is universally understood and relatable for our visitors and allows us to explore the significant influence of the quartz revolution in an engaging way.”
Access to the James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution gallery is included with Museum admission.
April 27, 2015
Contact Name: Kim Craven - Communications Dept.
THE AMERICAN WATCH CO. GRADE—40 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
COLUMBIA, PA: The NAWCC will present “The American Watch Co. Grade—40 Years of Excellence” with instructor Tom McIntyre Sunday, May 17, at 7 p.m. EDT.
The Waltham Watch Company was the first successful watch factory and was responsible for many of the key innovations in watchmaking in America. In 1859 the company name was changed to the American Watch Co. after the merger of the Waltham Improvement Co. and the Appleton & Tracy Co. In the same year Waltham sold its first watches with the grade name of American Watch Co. on the watch. This grade name always represented the very best product the company could make. The 1899 Bridge Model was the last of these designs to be produced. This talk explores the nine models produced over this 40-year period in the American Watch Co. grade.
The NAWCC webinars cover a wide variety of horological topics, ranging from ephemera and time zones to a variety of watches and clocks programs, with speakers from across the country. Individuals or Chapters may view the recorded presentations at any time; the NAWCC Library also has DVDs available for borrowing if access to the Internet for streaming a presentation is not available.
There is no charge for the webinar; if you are interested, go to the following link to register:
After you register, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the webinar.
COLUMBIA, PA: Running late for work? You can blame it on the dog, blame it on your kids, blame it on the traffic… But the time clock knows YOU ARE LATE!
On the Clock: Changing the Industrialized World opens at the National Watch and Clock Museum on Friday, April 24. Time recorders from Edward J. Watkins and pieces from the Museum’s collection will highlight the important advancements in labor in the United States.
Beginning in the late nineteenth century the National Labor Relations Act protected the rights of employees and employers, and the Fair Labor Standards Act outlined minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and youth employment standards. The exhibit also highlights the first time-recording companies, the typical workday in the nineteenth century, labor unions, and the possibilities the future workday may hold.
Museum Curator Kim Jovinelli, who joined us in December, debuts with the On the Clock exhibit. Kim shares, “I am excited to give the public a glimpse into something many of us have to do on a daily basis and what exactly had to happen to get us to this point. Having a job is an integral part of survival in the modern era. This is a look back at history, an examination of the present, and a look forward to the not too distant future.”
On the Clock is sponsored by the E. G. Watkins Family Foundation, runs through December, and is included with Museum admission.
PUT ON YOUR GLASS SLIPPERS!
COLUMBIA, PA: Bibbidi bobbidi boo! The National Watch and Clock Museum invites you! Pull out your inner princess and be crowned at our royal tea on Saturday, February 14, at 11 a.m.
If you are a princess or you have a little princess, wear your fanciest dress and glass slippers and come sip tea, enjoy decadent morsels, make a Cinderella-themed clock to take home, and then tour the Museum.
“The Museum is always thrilled to bring in visitors for events like this one. Following special teas with Mrs. Claus, Alice in Wonderland, and beloved teddy bears, the Cinderella Tea is another one that promises to be just as exciting and memorable long after visitors leave the Museum,” shares Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Kim Craven.
The cost is $22 per child (ages 4 and up) and $12 per adult. Please call 717-684-8261, ext. 211, for reservations. Seating is limited.