Mark your calendars and make your plans for Saturday, Oct. 2, as the Somervell History Foundations holds its third annual Cowboys and Cabernet Gala. You will enjoy this evening on the banks of the Paluxy River, under the spreading oaks filled with twinkling lights, with music by Coy Moore and friends, excellent cuisine provided by the Riverhouse Grill and a gathering of friends for this special event for Somervell County.

Each year the Gala Committee begins making plans early and each year the event brings fun and excitement to town.

This year the celebration will begin with a “Special Salute” to Barnard’s Mill and its 150 years of local history. Established in 1860 by Charles Barnard, the mill provided many celebrations during its early years. These pioneer settlers held their community gatherings on the banks of the Paluxy at Barnard’s Mill. Socials and special events have long been part of the history of the old mill. This year, sporting a new face and a new gathering area, the mill continues its quest for pleasure.

The foundation has worked hard to pursue and capture two more distinguished historical markers for Barnard’s Mill. In May the Texas Historical Commission granted the coveted “Texas Archaeological Landmark.” There are only 31 properties in Texas that are graced with this title. In September the Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century Historical Marker was placed. High honors for Barnard’s Mill and for the city’s and county’s historical treasures. Your presence will be a valuable part of the celebration of the mill and the foundation’s continuing efforts.

This exciting event will be another evening of fun and fellowship with friends both old and new. Dining and dancing under the twinkling stars to the sounds of smooth country and showing off your high polished boots is always a pleasure. The auction, as always, will be another highlight of the event with auctioneer Lloyd Wirt heading off those blazing bids.

The Somervell History Foundation is a 503c non-profit corporation. All proceeds go toward the restoration and preservation of Barnard’s Mill and the Art Museum located in the Hanna, Marks-English Hospital. Both the mill and the hospital served our community well for many years.

Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased by mail with check payable to Somervell History Foundation, P.O. Box 2537, Glen Rose TX 76043. Deadline to mail is Sept. 25, so please place your order promptly.