Winnsboro, TX — Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) hosted a special event “under the stars” with magical Renaissance festivities Saturday, April 2, at the Winnsboro Civic Center. Many attendees wore period attire as they gathered for the outdoor marketplace, mead and wine garden, fortune teller, belly dancer Lauren Raqs, musicians, hoop dancer Madame Le Cerceau, silent art auction with donations from generous artists, and other 16th-century entertainment.
After partaking in the outdoor activities, guests enjoyed appetizers and dinner, a live auction with many luxurious items for bidding, and topped off with a concert by Emmy and Grammy-nominated Celtic fiddler, Máiréad Nesbitt, one of the founding members of the world-renowned group Celtic Woman. The dinner and entertainment tickets were sold out and Nesbitt performed a wonderful show with bodhrán drummer Cara Wildman.
Sponsors and special ticket holders also enjoyed a meet and greet with Nesbitt and lite refreshments at the newly renovated Oaklea Mansion on the morning of April 3.
Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit WCA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its new performing arts center planned for 206 Market St. Winnsboro, Texas. The new venue is designed as a multi-use space intended to host a wide range of community activities from concerts and theater to youth camps and wedding receptions.
WCA would like to extend gratitude to its many sponsors and patrons who supported this year’s fundraiser including Shiela and Ted Haynes, Brenda and Lanny Buck, Mary Spencer, Kelly and Vic Clark, Myrna Stillman, Shannon Monk, Gail and Eric Peterson, Michael Brown, Tracee and Jerry Calvert, Lynn and Ben Morris, Jeff Ryan, Nancy and Chuck Roy from The Winnsboro News, Kevin Summers, Mary White and Brad Scharf, David ‘Tex’ Willis, Creative Catering, Liefie Li Vine, Vintage & Vines, Hawks Gun Club of East Texas, and The City of Winnsboro. WCA would also like to thank the many donors of the silent art auction, artists, vendors, members, and especially all the volunteers who made Renaissance Under the Stars possible.
Find more information about Winnsboro Center for the Arts at www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com.