It’s that time of year when we wish for a luxurious, romantic and memorable vacation in a faraway locale. Your wish just came true and you won’t even have to leave Arlington to experience the magnificence of Paris at the “Moulin on Main” Gala at Arlington Museum of Art on June 13.
Guests at the event will step back about 100 years as they enter the venue authentically re-creating the famous Paris cabaret Moulin Rouge. Surrounded by the fabulous art of the museum’s current exhibit, “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Post Impressionists,” partygoers will truly be immersed into the nightlife of cabaret theaters and other art forms that made Paris an iconic European city.
After a cocktail hour, a lovely French dinner will be served with wine and champagne before an exciting floor show and later a live auction.
“Our galas for the past few years have been designed to entertain people rather than asking them to come to a fundraiser where they will be asked for additional monetary donations,” said museum Executive Director Chris Hightower. “We want our patrons to come to an event that is in the spirit of our current exhibit and have a great time.”
Attire is cocktail, but guests are encouraged to dress turn-of-the-century Parisian if they dare. Get ready for some terrific entertainment in a show produced by Persis Ann Forster, head of Dance Theatre of Arlington.
“We are planning to have a little bit of everything Parisienne — songs of Edith Piaf, a bit of the Paris opera, the magic of Paris and, of course, Can Can girls,” Forster said.
“Arlington favorite Don Powers will be providing some of the music, and we guarantee it will be a fitting complement to the beauty of the ‘Toulouse-Latre’ exhibit.”
Live auction swag includes — what else? — a trip to Paris, along with a Destin, Fla., vacation and tickets for a Rangers game in a suite at Globe Life Park in Arlington. More fun awaits on the museum’s lower level at the prop-filled photo booth where guests can get a souvenir to commemorate the night. And be sure to get tickets for a 50-50 raffle where the winner takes home some cool cash.
During the party, attendees can enjoy viewing the exhibit of nearly 200 pieces from avant-garde postimpressionists’ work. The exhibition centers on the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, painter of scenes and artists from the Moulin Rouge. The pieces are representative of a period when artists explored alternatives to the traditions of that time from 1890 to 1910.
“Join us for some great food, first-class entertainment and an evening that will have all the Metroplex talking, as we bring France’s red windmill to Arlington’s Main Street with ‘Moulin on Main,’” Hightower said.
Sporting clay shoot right on target for River Legacy
The Ellis County Sportsman’s Club is the new venue for the sixth annual clay shoot benefiting River Legacy Living Science Center.
Participants at the June 12 event can choose from a 9 a.m. and a 1 p.m. shoot. “The Lewis Class Scoring system will be used so pro through novice will have an equal chance to win trophies and prizes during awards ceremonies for both shoot times,” said spokeswoman Kristi Payne.
A delicious lunch will be served at 11 a.m. where guests can try their luck at a raffle and bid on some great auction items. Prizes include a Beretta shotgun, a suite seat at a Texas Rangers game, a guided fishing trip on Lake Texoma and an Orvis Battenkill gun case.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday than breaking a few clay targets while supporting River Legacy Foundation’s unique environmental education programs,” said Stewart Garrison, who is co-chairing the event with Robert Kembel.
“Funds from the shoot help the foundation sustain its classes and programs at River Legacy Living Science Center so the staff can continue grooming the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. So come on out and join us for a day of fun, friendly competition and fundraising,” Garrison added.
Get the drop on other bidders by checking out the auction online at www.riverlegacy.org. The early bird gets the worm.
Realtors Foundation awards college scholarships
Two seniors from Arlington High School received scholarships recently at a luncheon hosted by the Arlington Board of Realtors Community Service Foundation. Ingrid Carrizales and Molly Tomofte each received $1,000, bringing the total amount granted by the foundation to $14,000 since the program began in 2007.
The ARBOR Community Service Foundation accepts applications from every public and private high school in the Arlington, Mansfield and Kennedale school districts. The winners of this year’s scholarships were selected by a committee that reviewed 40 applications.
Besides the scholarship program, the foundation funds and staffs projects to rehabilitate, repair and beautify homes in the community for homeowners needing financial assistance.
Learn more about the work of this group and how to apply for assistance at www.arborcsf.org.
Downtown neighborhoods receive historical designations
Preserving our past is vitally important, and Arlington’s Landmark Preservation Commission works hard to make sure this happens. Markers for two districts near downtown were dedicated last week.
Old Town Historic District at 401 S. Center St. was unveiled by commission Chairwoman Kristina Rumans. South Center Street Historic District at 501 S. Center St. was unveiled by Martha Rose May Martin, who is on the marker committee.
Old Town Historic District encompasses seven blocks of residential properties and depicts examples of styles from late 19th century through pre-World War II housing.
“There is a quiet beauty driving through the historic districts. Although they are small compared to most cities our size, we are fortunate to have a sampling of historic resources depicting each decade since Arlington was founded. Our founders lived and worked here and were leaders of our new community,” Rumans said.
South Center Street Historic District comprises a row of Craftsman-inspired and Classical Revival stylistic influences and according to the commission is the best remaining group of early 20th-century bungalows in Arlington representing an important link to the city’s past when W.H. Rose was the mayor.
Martin praised the city for honoring the two neighborhoods with markers to protect the historic structures and local points of interest. “This recognition will promote the preservation of the district’s heritage, structures and memories for future generations,” Martin said.
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At a glance
▪ Arlington Goodtimes Chorus Dinner Concert is June 6 at 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. This continues the series of gourmet spaghetti dinner concerts with live entertainment by the chorus and chapter quartets. Tickets are $20 for adults, kids age 12 and under are $12.
▪ Symphony Arlington presents 4 KidsNotes programs. Lionheart Kids is June 1 at 4:30 p.m. The Lake Arlington Branch Library is June 11 at 2 p.m. The Parks at Arlington mall Barnes & Noble is June 16 at 11 a.m.; and the Southeast Branch Library is on June 27 at 10:30 a.m. KidsNotes is a one-hour program that introduces the different families of instruments in an engaging and fun way. Students play games exploring musical concepts like pitch, rhythm, and timbre. A professional musician introduces and plays an instrument, choosing music suitable for a young audience. Kids will love the Instrument Petting Zoo where they can try out an instrument from each of the four orchestra families.
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