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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

An Evening of Success at Varner-Hogg

By Sue Miller, Varner-Hogg Plantation Site Manager

The first ever Varner-Hogg Volunteers and Friends holiday fundraiser was a great success thanks to our community and visitors. The night of December 4th was a balmy evening; not exactly winter weather, even for Texas, but it set the stage beautifully for our event.

Visitors were greeted by staff as they walked through the gates and saw the entire plantation decorated for the holidays. Among greenery, twinkling white lights, candles, and lanterns, guests listened to live music and munched on wonderful food. Calzones and cookies, shrimp and egg rolls, meatballs, and more were available at five food stations. And let’s not forget the German cookies, carrot cake, chocolate torte, and tarts for dessert.

Visitors leisurely strolled through the plantation house, where docents dressed in period costumes explained the holiday decorations in each room and how they reflected a 1800s Texas Christmas. Others took advantage of the full house tours.

Our silent auction presented a great selection of affordable items such as books, gift baskets, locally made wine, gift certificates to restaurants, and more. The auction alone raised over $300!

Wassail and mock champagne were the hit of the evening at the drink table, and visitors took time to sit at the conversation tables to eat, drink, and be merry.

Many thanks to our Friends members, volunteers, and the many businesses who donated supplies. This event would not have been possible without their support. A special thanks to staff who worked above and beyond to make this event a success. Funds raised will allow us to offer new programming for both children and adults.

Varner-Hogg Plantation is located approximately 60 miles south of Houston and is part of the Texas Independence Trail Region.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your success, Sue! The site looks gorgeous, all decorated up for the holiday season --