Gala puts on the glitz to benefit Barnard’s Mill

Luke Wade and his band No Civilians entertained gala guests. Photo by Kathryn Jones

Luke Wade and his band No Civilians entertained gala guests. Photo by Kathryn Jones

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

Lights glimmered in tall oak trees, rhinestones sparkled on denim and stars shone from the sky and on the stage at the Somervell History Foundation’s sixth annual Cowboys & Cabernet gala fundraiser Saturday night.

The fair weather drew a crowd to the grounds of historic Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum, as did entertainment headliner Luke Wade and his band No Civilians.

The Dublin singer released his album “The River” this spring and began wowing fans on the reality talent show “The Voice” last week. He captivated the gala glitterati with his singing and guitar playing and the band’s talent on horn, saxophone, drums and bass guitar.

The theme of this year’s gala was “Denim & Diamonds,” and guests came dressed in fancy and casual denim with an accent of bling. They sipped wine and beer and sampled food catered for the occasion by the Hard Eight and Bernas Food & Catering.

Benefactors lined up to place their bids on silent auction items such as horse sculptures and original paintings, themed gift baskets, jewelry and special packages such as a gourmet dinner prepared by Rough Creek Lodge Chef Gerard Thompson, a party performance by the band 3 Rivers Shine and an evening of wine and music with the multi-talented Molly Golson.

Donations from the event benefit the continuing preservation of Barnard’s Mill, which is owned and operated by the nonprofit history foundation. The structure, built in 1850, is one of the oldest buildings in North Texas and one of only a handful of historic mills left in Texas.

Organizers pronounced the event a success and said they will post a final count of donations on the gala’s Facebook page soon. Results were not available by press time.

 

Photo by Kathryn Jones

Photo by Kathryn Jones

 

Allen Sumners (left) and Ken Prikryl survey the silent auction bids. Photo by Kathryn Jones

Allen Sumners (left) and Ken Prikryl survey the silent auction bids. Photo by Kathryn Jones

 

 

 

 

 

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