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Collectible bottle
Drink to save the statehouse flags

11/23/17
By Ryan Lessard news@hippopress.com



 The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has unveiled a new commemorative bottle that will raise money to preserve and protect the Hall of Flags in the Statehouse lobby.

There are 115 flags on display there, including 88 from the Civil War, but they are kept hanging and exposed to natural light, which is not ideal for long-term preservation, and many are deteriorating with age.
Officials estimate it will cost north of $1 million to redesign the Hall of Flags in a fashion that will properly preserve the flags, which will include laying them flat in display case drawers and, in some cases, doing some restoration work.
This is the third commemorative bottle the liquor commission has released as part of this fundraising effort. The first two bottles, which were designed with images of the Old Man on the Mountain and summer camping, respectively, have raised over $100,000 so far. And commission Chairman Joseph Mollica expects to raise over $40,000 from this new bottle, which is designed with images of the actual Hall of Flags on it.
“This one’s got a real heart to it, so we’re excited about it,” Mollica said.
The bottle was procured by M.S. Walker Fine Wines & Spirits, which also distilled the blended American whiskey within it. The bottle sells for $29.99 at select state liquor outlets across the state. Mollica said the NHLC has had a longstanding relationship with M.S. Walker.
“They’ve been doing business with the liquor commission since there was a liquor commission,” he said.
Mollica said the commemorative bottle would make a great gift.
“Our history in New Hampshire is important to all of us, whether we’re originally from New Hampshire or we’ve been adopted by the state,” Mollica said.
Another bottle is already in the works for the summer season. Mollica said it will likely be released around mid June or early July to capture the busy foot traffic in the summer months.
It will be a gradual process to raise the money needed though commemorative bottle sales, but Mollica said the commission plans to continue with the project.
“We’re going to do this … as long as it takes to raise the money. That’s the bottom line,” Mollica said.





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