‘Tie One On’ with museum fundraiser

By Bonnie Culverhouse

If you’re looking to “Tie One On,” the Dorcheat Museum is the place to be Monday, Sept. 12.

Executive Director Schelley Brown Francis said this year’s event is even more important for the museum than those in the past.

“We haven’t been able to have a fundraiser the last two years because of Covid,” Francis said. “But the annual gala is our biggest fundraiser and so necessary to our ability to function. The museum can finally be able to have a gathering of supporters again.”

At “Tie One On” Dorcheat Museum Fundraiser Gala 2022, the Dorcheat Museum will be celebrating 15 years of preserving history of Webster Parish. 

“This year’s gala will be a little different than the ones we have had in the past,” Francis said. “We just wanted to have a simple fun evening together again. We will have a live auction conducted by our own ‘Dr. Feelgood,’ Richard Campbell. Donated cakes will be on the auction block all night long, and the bidding starts at $100. Bring your sweet tooth, pocket book and a cake to donate.”

The event will be centered around the “Tie One On” apron exhibit that runs from April to October 1. 

“Aprons tie us to the past in more ways than one,” Francis said. “The memories of meals shared and recipes handed down through time is what cooking and family are all about. Many times a simple recipe takes us down memory lane or the smell of a pound cake cooking in the oven.”

The museum’s newest cookbook will also be available by then. It is filled with color photos and handwritten recipes that go along with the apron exhibit.

Francis said the last two years, the museum has “scraped by,” and this fundraiser makes the difference in keeping open the doors.

“I haven’t heard from a lot of people yet, about the event,” she said. “I’m hoping more will come through. This event funds everything we do for the coming year, plus we need to start work on the building next door. It is going to allow us to do so much more by doubling our space.”

Dress will be casual and fun, and all attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite apron.

Cost is $25 per person with response cards and checks to be mailed by Sept. 1 or dropped off at museum by Friday Sept. 9. Cost at the door is $30. To donate baked items and cakes call 318-377-3002.

And if you can’t attend, the museum welcomes online donations at http://www.dorcheatmuseum.com.

Call museum for more details 318-377-3002.