Help Magnolia Hall with food, fun and auctionPublished 12:09am Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Natchez Garden Club will be serving up a tall order of fun Thursday at its annual fall bash.
The garden club will host the fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. at Rolling River Roasters at 406 Main St.
The event raises money every year for the restoration of historic Magnolia Hall, which fall bash co-chair Katherine Callon said has been divided into two phases.
“We are trying to finish phase two, which includes painting, upkeep and other maintenance,” she said.
Magnolia Hall was the last grand Natchez house built before the Civil War. It was built in 1858 and features a hooded doorway and a well-proportioned portico with Ionic columns.
In 1976, the house was deeded as a gift to the Preservation Society of Ellicot Hill, the preservation arm of NGC.
Callon said Magnolia Hall is an important part of Natchez’s past and present.
“We do entertain most tourists,” she said. “We do candlelight dinners at Magnolia Hall and Victorian lunches. It’s one of the only houses in town where (tourists) can come and have a meal in the dining room of a historic house.”
Fall bash co-chair Jennie Guido said the fall bash is important to the upkeep of Magnolia Hall and the continued work of NGC.
“If we did not hold events like the fall bash, we would not be able to continue working throughout the year,” she said. “These fundraisers are what keep the club going and our projects (becoming) realities instead of possibilities. The people of Natchez that are able to support our project through these events cannot be thanked enough.”
The fall bash will feature a silent auction of items from local businesses, artists and donors.
Auction items include weekend stays at Lake St. John and Gatlinburg, Tenn., artwork by Erin Myers, a set of tires and car wash at Lambuth’s and other items.
The bash will also include a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music from the band Speakeasy.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door Natchez Garden Club office prior to the event.