Organizers hope to raise $100K-plus at Harvest Supper

Published 10:32 am Tuesday, September 20, 2016

To help the University Museum continue to provide interesting exhibits, educational programs for the area’s youth and thought-provoking lectures, the Friends of the Museum are hoping to raise more than $100,000 at this year’s fifth annual Harvest Supper.

The Harvest Supper is the museum’s largest fundraiser and last year raised $100,000.

“We’re hoping to top that this year,” said Joy Clark, vice president of Friends of the Museum and event coordinator.

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This year’s event will feature art, music and food from some of Oxford’s most well-known artists and chefs and will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday on the grounds at Rowan Oak.

Guests will be greeted by the University Steel Drum Orchestra and later in the night, Shannon McNally will perform. The food will be provided by Elizabeth Heiskell Catering, John Currence’s Main Event and A&N Catering.

Eleven pieces of art will be auctioned, three during a live auction and the remaining eight will be auctioned silently.

Artists providing artwork include Jason Bouldin, Langdon Clay, Maude Schuyler Clay, Bill Dunlap, Randy Hayes, Philip Jackson, Terry Lynn, Robert Malone, Kathleen Robbins, Brooke White and Carlyle Wolfe.

Clark said the museum only receives operating costs from the University of Mississippi, leaving the Friends of the Museum to raise extra funds for lectures, exhibits, educational programs and other projects, such as re-installation of the museum’s Green and Roman collection of antiquities.

“The Museum is a wonderful resource that serves both the community and the university,” Clark said.

Something magical

While rain is not predicted for Thursday evening, should the weather turn inclement, the event will be held in the museum parking lot under tents.

“Harvest Supper is truly one of Oxford’s most amazing events, highlighting some of the best art, food and music our city has to offer,” Clark said. “There is something magical about attending an event on the ground of Rowan Oak under the stars and cedar-draped lights and in doing so, supporting some of our community’s greatest resources.”

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