by Jim Wilkirson, Fondren Renaissance Executive Director

Fondren Renaissance is pleased to announce a new event, Taste of Fondren, to be held on Thursday evening, April 18. Presented by Regions Bank, this ticketed evening will benefit the continuing arts and education efforts of the foundation and will highlight “all things Fondren.” This nighttime event will take place at Fondren Corner where guests will be invited to take to the streets to enjoy the best of all that Fondren has to offer. Area restaurants will be presenting their favorite and most sought after dishes paired with the latest innovative cocktail and beer offerings from local area providers.

Entertainment for the evening will be the big band sounds of a Capital City Stage Band combo. Keeping with the mission of raising funds for arts and education programs, the highlight of the evening will be participation of all Fondren-area schools in a student hung clothesline art show. Strung in an arts festival atmosphere, guests will be able to view the newly created works by students of Boyd Elementary, the Education Center, St. Andrew’s Elementary and St. Richard’s Catholic School. Thursday night’s Taste begins at 6 and continues until 9.

Following Thursday evening’s “Taste,” ticket holders will also be able to take part in the St. Dominic’s Taste of Fondren Show House located in Woodland Hills at the historic former home of June and Harper Stone. This Georgian home built in the 1930’s was designed by architect A. Hayes Town and lovingly restored by the Stone’s and previous owner Caroline Vaughan Goodman. Guests will be treated to a tour of this impressive home filled with furniture, artwork and accessories from Fondren area interior designers and galleries.

This will be a rare treat offering ticket holders not only a glimpse of the incredible architecture afforded in this home, but also the vast array of talented Fondren interior designers and gallery owners presenting a modern staging at this iconic and historic address in the heart of Fondren. Dates for the show house are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21 with entry times Friday and Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4.

Purchase advance tickets for Taste of Fondren for $50 at fondren.org; this ticket includes an entry to the Taste Show House. A limited amount of “at the door” tickets will be available for $65. A “show house only” ticket is available for $10.

Arts and education projects funded from the proceeds of Regions’ Taste of Fondren will include in-school arts instruction for students of Boyd Elementary, the summer scholarship art camps at The Cedars, an October cooperative student art exhibition among students from the public school system, as well as efforts in arts and music The Cedars affords the public free of charge throughout the year.

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