For the first time during the holiday season, Boot Hill Museum will be holding an open house that will feature a wine tasting.

This year, we will be doing lots of sampling in the gift shop that will include tasty products from our store like BBQ beef, hot sauce and chicken, holiday cookies, wine jelly, dips, flavored popcorn and Miss Kitty coffee," Boot Hill Museum marketing manager Laura Tawater said.

"Once everyone is done sampling in the gift shop, they can go over to the Rath General Store and sample some Boot Hill fudge and hot chocolate then head to the Long Branch Saloon for a full wine tasting with glass stemware, featuring five different popular wines and hors d'oeuvres paired with each wines."

The saloon will be Christmas-ready along with special music with the food pairings being served in the galleries.

The food will be beef crustinis with horseradish cream sauce, spicy sausage stuffed mushrooms, rosemary flatbread with roasted grapes, goat cheese and honey, lemon curd tart dessert and pecan pumpkin spiced cake pops.

With the tourist season coming to an end, the museum looked for ways to continue to bring in the community.

"Since we are out of our busy summer season and not doing gunfights or shows, we miss people coming by to visit us," Tawater said. "We wanted to put this event on so people can come see the museum all decorated for Christmas and try out the unique products we offer and just to have a wonderful time with us.

"We want encourage people to attend since it is entirely free and to bring their friends, family or co-workers.

"There are lots of things going on Friday night with arts and craft shows so this will be the perfect first stop for people before they go to their shows.

"We will continue to do this each year to feature different products, food and wine. A special thanks must be given to Mr. G's Liquor for providing the alcohol."

The Boot Hill Museum holiday open house will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

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