Friday, April 20, 2012 from 4 pm to 10 pm and Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 12 pm to 10 pm (last entry at 8 pm each night) the LeMay Family Collection Foundation located at Marymount Event Center will have their wine and chocolate affair. The Marymount Event Center is located at 325 152nd Street East Tacoma, Washington 98445. Tickets are $15 each, if purchased before showing up at the door, or $20 at the door. Attendees will enjoy one complimentary wine glass and two wine tastes with admission. Additional wine tasting tokens for $1 each may be purchased at the door (tastings may range from 1-3 tokens). This premier event will feature carefully selected wineries, chocolate and candy vendors, and specialty gift shopping. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view dozens of vintage vehicles. Attendees must be 21 or over. Free parking is available on-site for the duration of this event.
This is Marymount’s first annual wine and chocolate affair. Funds from the event will be used to preserve the collection, antique collectibles, and displays. Trudy Cofchin, event center manager at the Marymount Event Center, shared what she looked forward to with the event, “We have great wines and a variety of other vendors including: jewelry, teakwood, and a great array of other vendors to shop at and they’ll see cars on display. There are over 20 wineries. There are great wines from France that will be here in addition to Pacific Northwest wine which is wonderful. There are also quite a few chocolate and candy companies.”
Trudy discussed what she thinks of the Marymount Event Center, “The organization is an honor and privilege to preserve this place for generations to come. It’s about the memories and the smiles it puts on people’s faces. For example, memories when people were a child, cars they had, their first car or car their dad had. We create personal connections…there are also dolls on display, toys and boat motors, and exercise bicycles. The LeMays were collector extraordinaires. There are over 1500 dolls in Nancy LeMay’s doll collection, we have meat grinders, salt and pepper shakers, brass hose nozzles, which used to be brass…just gorgeous.” So don’t miss the annual car show when you can see it all, as we open up the LeMay Grounds in addition to the Marymount property for the big show in August.
Trudy revealed what many people may not know about the event center, “Well, we’re more than just vehicles. A lot of people do not realize that we have a chapel on site that we built in the early 1920’s and has a hand painted ceiling.” The Marymount was purchased in 1919 by Sisters of the Dominic in Tacoma, Washington and consisted of a 100 acre farm house. The groundbreaking was in May of 1921. The Marymount opened as a boy’s military school on May 30, 1923. Marymount continued as a school until 1975, when the Vietnam War convinced the church to close its operation of the military school. For several years after, the nuns operated a school that taught English as a second language to foreign-born students. For the decade following, Marymount was basically a retirement home and convalescent home for the nuns. A series of catastrophic maintenance problems caused the nuns to sell the church, and Harold LeMay was the only bidder and promised to maintain and improve the grounds. Over the years, several non-profit groups share space at the Marymount, including two church congregations and a senior center, “LeMay America’s Car Museum” (also known as LeMay Museum) which relocated in August of 2010, and LeMay Family Collection Foundation. The annual LeMay car show and auction held on the last Saturday of August also takes place at the Marymount Event Center.
Trudy commented on the uniqueness of the Marymount Event Center, “People are most surprised when they come to view vehicles and are amazed at other items, including the historical building and artifacts. Once a month we do historical tours and you can see the chapel, boy’s dining room, nuns boarding rooms and other collectibles and artifacts that we have in the historical buildings.”
For those that are interested in attending the event, please visit: http://www.lemaymarymount.org/lemay-wine-chocolate-affair.htm or purchase your tickets at the door of the event. Trudy concluded: “We are an events center that is a great place to have a wedding, retirement, or Birthday party. We’re another option out there. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.lemaymarymount.org/index.htm.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com