Dig out your glad rags and shine your Mary Janes…. it’s a Speakeasy at the Stafford Opera House benefiting the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust! All dishes, dames, and big cheeses are invited to The Gilded Magnolia Gala on Saturday, June 22 for a night of rip-roarin’ Prohibition Era fun and frivolity…. all to benefit a great cause!
In the early 1960s, a group of 10 individuals came together with a shared desire to preserve the unique culture, tradition, and heritage of Columbus to form the Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc. They focused on preserving Columbus’ historical landmarks and importance in Texas history. Over the years, the Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc. purchased several properties in town and lovingly restored each one. In 1999, the Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc. changed its name to the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust, Inc. (CHPT) but its commitment to preserving the historical importance of Columbus remained the same. CHPT properties include the Stafford Opera House, the Dilue Rose Harris House Museum, the Alley Log Cabin & Antique Tool Museum, and the Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum. Additionally, CHPT oversees the Magnolia Belle program, a highlight of the annual Magnolia Days Festival.
To continue their preservation efforts and advance their mission, CHPT holds a gala every other year. This year’s event, The Gilded Magnolia Gala, will be held on June 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a delicious catered meal and 1920s themed specialty drinks. Live music will be provided by The Grateful Geezers. Many fantastic items will be available to bid on in both the live and silent auctions. The ever-popular bucket raffle will also be featured during the evening. While guests not required to dress in Roaring 20s costumes, those who do will receive an extra ticket for the bucket raffle.
Individual tickets to The Gilded Magnolia Gala are $75 and priority tables of 8 are $700. Tickets and tables may be purchased online at https://columbushtp.org or in the Columbus Chamber of Commerce office during normal business hours. For more information, visit the CHPT website or call 979-732-5135. For those unable to attend, CHPT asks for consideration of a financial or in-kind donation. All support to help preserve the history of Columbus is greatly appreciated.