Approximately 175 celebrants enjoyed a fun-filled evening at “Sparkles and Spurs,” the Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society’s 19th Annual Gala, held on Courthouse Square Saturday night, May 2. The weather cooperated as gentle breezes refreshed the guests under the big tent and threatened storms did not appear. Festive bouquets of mixed floral arrangements donated by Pamela and Frank Arnosky of Texas Specialty Cut Flowers/Arnosky Family Farm graced the dining tables. Recent rains had added a carpet of soft green grass for flooring under the giant party tent.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Sullivan Street Caterers that featured food stations with choices of salads, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. OBCCPS President, Glen McFarlin, greeted guest and introduced board members, inviting anyone wanting to participate in board activities to contact him. A live action, again under the expert guidance of auctioneer, Eugene Bradfute, was an evening highlight, entertaining as well as profitable. Outstanding donated items, spotters Doug Pautz and Jan Brieger, generous guests, and Eugene’s auctioneer skills added many Courthouse supporting dollars. The traditional Dorothy Troppy cake was a special hit, being sold three times and eventually sold again by the piece for a grand total of $625!.
Door prizes and competition for a great variety of silent action items, added to the evening’s fun. Country-western music by the Sam Bentley Band, for listening, and for dancing in Pecan Street was enjoyed throughout the event. The band ended the successful evening at 11 pm with their traditional sing-along finale, “I’ll Fly Away.”
Courthouse manager, Lesley Griffin, and the OBCCPS Gala Committee worked diligently throughout the evening to ensure an enjoyable evening for the guests.
The Gala Committee and OBCCPS directors will meet this week to compare notes and initiate plans for the 20th Annual Gala in 2010. In addition to the note and maintenance, Gala proceeds help fund Phase II Landscaping, refurbishing of the courtroom floors, and continued restorations.