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BAA serves Berclair well with ‘Boots-n-BBQ’
by Bruce Harper
Jun 13, 2013 | 1486 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This early evening photo of the back patio area shows just a few of those attending who helped raise more than $13,000 for the Beeville Art Association to assist in renovating the mansion’s kitchen to better accommodate upcoming parties, receptions and weddings that can be booked there.
This early evening photo of the back patio area shows just a few of those attending who helped raise more than $13,000 for the Beeville Art Association to assist in renovating the mansion’s kitchen to better accommodate upcoming parties, receptions and weddings that can be booked there.
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A decorated display caught the eye of one photographer.
A decorated display caught the eye of one photographer.
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The interior of the Berclair Mansion is kept in the style of the early 1900’s when the five sisters all lived at the locale. Several decorators and designers were allowed to outfit a particular room using several furnishing pieces of the owners and other timely pieces.
The interior of the Berclair Mansion is kept in the style of the early 1900’s when the five sisters all lived at the locale. Several decorators and designers were allowed to outfit a particular room using several furnishing pieces of the owners and other timely pieces.
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BERCLAIR – The Beeville Arts Association (BAA) took control of the fundraising on Thursday night for the Berclair Mansion with a festive Boots-N-BBQ evening.

The funds collected, more than $13,000, will go to the improvement and upgrades of the mansion’s dated kitchen to allow the grand old house and grounds to provide a locale for upcoming weddings, receptions and parties with a full-fledged kitchen for on-site food preparation.

“We were pleasantly surprised at the numbers in attendance, even with the heat. I think everybody had a great time,” said BAA President Nancy O’Neil.

“We were overwhelmed, in a good way. We were glad to pull out a few more chairs.”

The back patio of the mansion was full and all those in attendance enjoyed the good barbecue and refreshments.

Fund-raising activities included a silent auction and it was followed by a regular auction of several items that included fishing trips, steak dinners, hunting trips, ghost or paranormal excursions at the mansion and even the chance to have a sleep-over with the mansion’s spiritual sibling inhabitants.

Musical entertainment was provided and several tours of the mansion were arranged for those wanting to get an inside look at the Berclair showpiece.

Additional fund-raisers will be forthcoming for the mansion’s upkeep and renovation, according to O’Neil. Events will be announced ahead of time for all those wanting to contribute to the preservation of a South Texas icon and the spiritual inhabitants of the old, yet beautiful mansion.
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