Krewe du Kork of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, hosted the 2020 Harlequin Ball at the Grand Central Restaurant on Saturday, February 1st, benefiting The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH).
The event, hosted by Krewe du Kork Ko-Kaptains, Ilene Powell and Cne' Breaux, was a smashing success. Writers' Colony Executive Director, Michelle Hannon, said, "It was a ridiculously fun evening. Everything was perfect from the food and wine to the décor and the flow of the event. What a great way to kick off the 20th anniversary of The Writers' Colony. We are deeply honored to be the nonprofit chosen as the beneficiary of this event and grateful to everyone who made it so special."
The Writers' Colony also benefitted from a raffle held at the event. Prizes included artwork donated by Peggy Kjelgaard, Ilene Powell, and KJ Zumwalt, and an Anna Lux Pilates Package. The money raised through the raffle, along with a generous donation by author and WCDH alumni, Cynthia M. Peterson, will fund new gutters for 505 at Dairy Hollow. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, mid-century building houses five of the colony's eight writers' suites. Michelle said, "It's exciting to get an un-sexy capital improvement done, especially when it is so badly needed. And we've been assured it will be complete before our 'Suite Poetry Pairings' fundraiser in April, which will be held at 505 at Dairy Hollow."
Established in 2017, Krewe du Kork follows the Carnival institution of the "Social Aid & Pleasure Club" and celebrates wine, spirits, food, fun, and cultural and historical heritage. Krewe du Kork hosts tastings, dinners, and other festive outings throughout the year, including their Mardi Gras Bead Tree. In addition to planning social events, Krewe du Kork promotes a sense of unity in the community through fundraising events for organizations serving Eureka Springs.