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The museum’s Spring Gala Celebrates Bandera’s unofficial mascot


One of the unique charms of Bandera are the many roosters and chickens who wander our streets by their own free will. The Frontier Times Museum has always recognized these avian citizens by offering rooster items in their gift shop. A rooster even keeps watch over the museum’s restroom. Since 2017 is the Chinese Year of the Rooster, it was only fitting to choose Bandera’s unofficial mascots as the theme of this year’s Spring Gala. The museum’s Spring Gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 6 at The Lodge on San Julian Creek at the Flying A Ranch.
“This is our main fundraiser for the museum,” said Rebecca Norton, Executive Director for the Frontier Times Museum. “We do not receive any public funding for operations, so we rely heavily on this event to help us throughout the year. The funds we raise from our Gala help with providing educational programming and exhibits.” Among the many educational programs the museum offers are afterschool and summer programs for the Bandera County Boys and Girls Club, free field trips for Bandera County schools, and a free Traveling History Trunk program where trunks filled with historical books and artifacts are sent to schools for use by teachers in the classroom. The museum is currently operated through grants, membership dues and admissions fees, as well as profits from its small gift shop. Funds raised through the Spring Gala help continue these programs and other events and exhibits for the community.
Event chairpersons Mary Jane Crowe and Bill Pannebaker have been very busy finding unique auction items for the event’s silent and live auctions. In keeping with the historical offerings of the museum, among the silent auction items are framed artifacts picked up from the Civil War battleground of Shiloh, Tennessee, a basket of Bandera County history books, antique spurs, and even a John Wayne collectible doll. The live auction items include vintage western movie posters, a guitar autographed by Robert Earl Keene and other local musicians, a Family Fun Pack with gift certificates to area attractions, an exotic animal hunt, and a getaway to Ruidoso, New Mexico. There will be offerings for both the gentlemen and the ladies with a Men’s basket that includes a hog hunt and a Ladies’ basket that includes beauty treatments and chocolate. Hyo Silver and Rick Lopez Engraving have donated unique and fabulous jewelry.
A sit-down, family-style dinner of beef tenderloin will be served along with libations and desserts. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Three Peace Band. Guests will have a chance to win a mystery gift with the night’s Rooster Reveal. Tickets are still available at $65 per person and may be purchased at the Frontier Times Museum at 510 13th Street in Bandera or at the door the night of the event. For more information, please call 830-796-3864.