The Krewe du Kork hosted a Black and White Harlequin Ball held at the Grand Taverne Restaurant on Saturday, February 1st, to benefit The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH). The event raised $500 for WCDH. Writers’ Colony Board President, Peggy Kjelgaard, said “This event was a perfect kick-off to our 20th Anniversary year of celebrations. I want to thank everyone who contributed to this fun and festive fundraiser—with a special thank you to Ilene and Cne’ for choosing us and making the evening spectacular for all our supporters.”
Krewe du Kork Ko-Kaptains, Ilene Powell and Cne’ Breaux, planned the event which included a fabulous pairing dinner by Chef Clements, a photo booth by Purdy Art Company, and festive decorations including steamy quotes from Harlequin romance novels. Writers’ Colony Executive Director, Michelle Hannon, said, “Being new to the area, I had heard that Cne’ and Ilene throw an amazing party, so I had pretty high expectations. This one did not disappoint!”
The Writers’ Colony also held a raffle at the event. Funds raised will help fund new gutters for 505 Spring Street. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, mid-century building houses five of the colony’s eight writers’ suites.
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.
Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow has made a lasting impact on the arts and literary communities, providing uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists, without discrimination. The WCDH has hosted over 1,500 writers from 48 states and 13 countries. To learn more, please visit www.writerscolony.org or call Michelle Hannon or Chad Gurley at (479)253-7444.