Santa Paula Times

Aviation Museum: You’ll hit lucky 007 at Wine, Wings & Winnings tribute to Bond

April 24, 2013
Santa Paula News

You’ll hit lucky 7 - or rather lucky 007 - at the May 18th “An Evening at Casino Royale” tribute to James Bond, staged by the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula for their 10th Annual Wine, Wings & Winnings fundraiser.

Reservations (only $40 each in advance) are now being accepted and sponsors still sought for this celebration of all things “Bond, James Bond.”

It was 60 years ago that Ian Fleming, a former British Intelligence Agent, introduced suave, sophisticated and sexy Bond, AKA 007. “’Casino Royale’ is the book that started it all,” said Museum Event Coordinator Judy McCarthy. 

First published in 1953, a dozen bestselling novels and 23 blockbuster films later James Bond and his exploits as a British Secret Service Agent - including his supporting cast of characters - have become the stuff of legend. And that includes the Bond lifestyle of martinis - “shaken, not stirred” - beautiful women, luxurious cars and tuxedos, although Bond wears a bathing suit as elegantly as black tie.

The May 18th Wine, Wings & Winnings starts at 6 p.m., with Casino Royale opening at 7:30 p.m. and featuring an array of celebrity dealers. McCarthy noted the annual fundraiser has a strong reputation for being “a fun-filled evening, including our always eclectic Silent Auction and the Casino Night,” where guests will be able to gamble away with their $500 in fun money to purchase chips, included in the ticket price. 

And, unless they break the bank at Monte Carlo, guests will be able to purchase more chips to continue playing Craps, Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette or “challenge our celebrity dealers at Blackjack. Since it’s not real money,” said McCarthy, “bet the limit, have fun. Everyone is a winner here!”

Guests will enjoy a hearty beer or glass of premium wine from local wineries, some world famous sauces from Red Hot Foods, and enjoy a scrumptious barbecue catered by “Agent Wenig & The MI6.”

McCarthy said the celebration of all things Casino Royale will also include displays of airplanes, “amazing cars and motorcycles, some as seen in various James Bond movies. We’re inviting guests to come as their favorite Bond character if they like... and who knows? Mr. Bond himself may even make an appearance!”

Parking - including handicapped parking - will be on the airport right next to the event. Follow the parking signs from Santa Maria Street to turn onto 5th Street and enter the airport where you will follow more signs to the celebration. 

All proceeds of the annual Wine, Wings & Winnings benefits the nonprofit Aviation Museum of Santa Paula. McCarthy said the museum is accepting donations of Silent Auction Items and offering Sponsorship Opportunities: contact McCarthy at 805-443-2883 or email for more details.

Make your $40 advance reservations today (MC, VISA and Discover welcome)! Contact Luci at 805-340-8549, or email Remember, only $50 per person at the door. The evening includes dinner, two drink tickets, a bidder number for Silent Auction and $500 funny money to purchase chips for Casino Royale!