50 Fellas Foodfest

50 Fellas Foodfest

Preserve Granbury was excited to participate in the 4th Annual 50 Fellas Foodfest, benefiting the Granbury ISD Education Foundation.  Our team was represented well by John Lewis and Mike McGowan who prepared a wonderful Mexican cornbread casserole for the Appetizer/Side category.  We placed second, right behind the formidable team of Mayor Nin Hulett and Councilman Tony Mobly.

Here are the standings released by the 50 Fellas committee:

Appetizer/side:
1st place–City of Granbury & Edward Jones Investments: Nin Hulett & Tony Mobly
2nd place–Preserve Granbury: John Lewis & Mike McGowan
3rd place–Granbury Volunteer Fire Department: Tim Coppenbarger & Greg Corrigan

Entree:
1st place–State Farm Insurance: Cody Garrison & Kevin Willmeth
2nd place–Acton Middle School: Scott Carpenter & Chris Elrod
3rd place-Re-Elect Barbara Townsend for School Board: David Townsend & Morris Duree
Dessert:
1st place–Hyde Law Firm & Matt Mills for County Attorney: Paul Hyde & Matt Mills
2nd place–Lake Granbury Medical Center: Laine Meek & Matt Frye
3rd place–Mambrino Elementary: Joe Paul Thompson & Jairo Martinez

Best of Show:
1st place–GISD Asst Superintendents: Dobie Williams & Ron Homgreen
2nd place–Henson Lumber: David Hamm & Steve McLaughlin
3rd place–Cheyne Eye Center: Dr Chris Cheyne & Kevin Myers

There were over 800 people attending this special event, resulting in funds raised in excess of $100,000.  All money goes back to the GISD teachers and students via grants, teacher recognitions, and student excellence awards.

Congratulations to all the winners, and kudos to our outstanding team!

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A Night of Excitement for Party on the Peak 2016

A Night of Excitement for Party on the Peak 2016

The 2016 Party on the Peak celebration was another huge success for Preserve Granbury!  This annual event took place on the privately-owned Comanche Peak…a 1,229 foot historic mesa overlooking Hood County on Saturday, October 1st just before sundown.  Events included self-guided tours, panoramic views of the Brazos River Valley, cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing under the Texas stars.

Authentic chuckwagon fare was provided by the incomparable Chuckwagon Chef Homer Robertson. This year’s menu included Pork and Beef Tenderloin cooked over the campfire, Camp Beans, Hominy Casserole with Green Chiles, Salad, Homemade Dutch Oven Biscuits, and Campfire Bread Pudding.

Live entertainment was provided by Championship Fiddler Ridge Roberts (a fan favorite!) and a concert performed by the Tejas Brothers.  With their mix of Texas Swing, Tejano, and good ol’ country, the crowd was on its feet all night.

The cowboys and cowgirls wore their western attire with pride, with everything from Native American to pioneer to cowpoke ensembles.  For pictures of the event, please visit our photo album here. Photography was provided by Shad Ramsey Photography.

Funds raised during this event are used for various Preserve Granbury projects, including the current restoration of the Preserve Granbury House on Lipan Highway.

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors

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Granbury-A Candlelight Tour…a photo gallery

Granbury-A Candlelight Tour…a photo gallery

We’re excited to have participated in the 2015 Granbury-A Candlelight Tour…this was the first year for the Preserve Granbury House to be featured and we couldn’t be prouder.  The House was decked out in lights, Christmas decor, and lots of seasonal cheer.  Here are just a few of the spectacular photos from that night:

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Annual Membership Drive

Annual Membership Drive

Preserve Granbury is hosting our annual membership drive for 2015.  From now until December 5, 2015, when you join or renew your membership with Preserve Granbury you will receive a free copy of Historic Hood County:  An Illustrated History, our special publication covering the history of Hood County, from prehistorical times to present.  This is a one-of-a-kind publication chock full of historical facts, amazing photographs, and exciting editorials.

Anyone wishing to join or renew their membership may do so online, or come by and see us at our new office on 801 Lipan Highway (The Preserve Granbury House).  We would love to visit with you!

As an added bonus, if you are a current member in good standing, you can purchase this exciting publication at a reduced price today of only $24.95…that’s a $15.00 savings!

For any questions, please call 817-219-5051 or contact us by email at preservegranbury@gmail.com.

 

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A very special performance…

A very special performance…

Our 2015 Party on the Peak was a huge success…but there was something missing.  Mr. Ralph Kiss – one of our biggest fans – was unable to attend this year’s festivities due to health reasons.  Mr. Kiss hosted two tables at the event but did not get to join in the fun.  Well, we couldn’t let that pass unrewarded!

Preserve Granbury brought the Party to him! Mr. Kiss and the other residents at Harbor Lakes Nursing and Rehab were treated to a very special performance by National Championship Fiddler Ridge Roberts…and he was in no short supply of fans!

Thank you to all who helped make this happen, and thank you to one of our most valued fans, Mr. Ralph Kiss!

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Party on the Peak 2015 a huge success!

Party on the Peak 2015 a huge success!

The 2015 Party on the Peak celebration went off with a bang!  This historic event took place on the privately-owned Comanche Peak…a 1,229 foot historic mesa overlooking Hood County on Saturday, September 19th.  Events included self-guided tours, panoramic views of North Texas, cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing under the Texas stars.

In addition, there were live auctions and silent auctions, live entertainment by Championship Fiddler Ridge Roberts, a concert performed by Eric Tull and the incomparable Open Rhodes Band, and chuckwagon cuisine by the unsurpassed Chef Homer Robertson.

The cowboys and cowgirls wore their western attire with pride, with everything from Native American to pioneer to cowpoke ensembles.  For pictures of the event, please visit our photo album here. Photography was provided by Shad Ramsey Photography.

Funds raised during this event are used for various Preserve Granbury projects, including the current restoration of the Granbury College President’s House.

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Annual Picnic and Membership Meeting Update

Annual Picnic and Membership Meeting Update

On Saturday, May 30th, forty hardy souls gathered under the big tree at 801 Lipan Highway (Preserve Granbury House) to celebrate Preserve Granbury’s 10th Anniversary and the observance of Preservation Month.  Attendees received a compilation of the accomplishments of the organization over its 10 years, and the new board members were introduced by co-president, Linda Preston.

Diane Lock, Chair of the Committee, and Shelbie Miller-Gaddy, General Contractor, gave an update on the restoration project for the President’s House.  The exhausting work of the many volunteers was recognized, work that has included long work days and donations of materials that will help bring to fruition Preserve Granbury’s goal of setting up an office at this location.

Even Mother Nature couldn’t put a damper on the festivities!  Driven inside by the rain, the picnic continued in the garage building where plans were presented for the architectural salvage operation that will become a reality in the very near future.  In addition, Cindy Peters – who is chair of the Party on the Peak – reminded everyone of the upcoming event (September 19th) and announced this year’s theme…”You Can’t Know Texas ‘Til You’ve Seen It From Comanche Peak”…sure to be the best Party yet!

Awards were presented to the five founding members of Preserve Granbury:  Claudia Southern, Diane Lock, Mary Saltarelli, Dianne Rawls Davis, and Glenda Pirkle.  Laurel Pirkle accepted the board for the late Glenda Pirkle, and also for Carol Pirkle as retiring treasurer.  The awards were fashioned from original wood used in the construction of the President’s House by local craftsman, Gordon Smith.

The festivities wrapped up with a tour of the President’s House and entertainment by local musician and award-winning fiddler, Ridge Roberts.

For more pictures of the event, please visit Shad Ramsey Photography.

 

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Preserve Annual Picnic Is Happening…Rain or Shine!

Preserve Annual Picnic Is Happening…Rain or Shine!

Our annual Picnic and Membership Meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, May 30th, at the Preserve Granbury House on Lipan Highway.  We are so grateful for the abundant rain we’ve been receiving lately, and we’ve taken care of accommodating the weather.  So, don’t miss this wonderful event…rain or shine, we’ll be there!

Don’t forget…the event is free to members and only $10 for guests.  Why not save a little and get your membership today?  Contact us today at 817-291-0382 or by email.  We’d love to hear from you!

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Cherishing Our Sense of Place

Cherishing Our Sense of Place

Hood County grew by almost 25% from 2000 until 2014, and is expected to continue growing at a rapid pace.  Suburban sprawl has brought dramatic change to our community.  Preserve Granbury is working to preserve the charm and special sense of place that makes us all want to live in Hood County.  Here are photos of some of our past and present projects…won’t you be a part of our future?

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Come Join the Fun at Preserve Granbury’s Annual Picnic & Business Meeting

Come Join the Fun at Preserve Granbury’s Annual Picnic & Business Meeting

You’re invited to Preserve Granbury’s 5th Annual Picnic & Business Meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  This year, the picnic will be held at the historic Preserve Granbury House located at 801 North Lipan Drive in Granbury.

The business meeting will begin at 11:00am, followed by the outdoor picnic at noon.  During the business meeting, the restoration updates, timelines, and future plans will be discussed concerning continuing preservation efforts in Hood County.

The Preservation Picnic lunch will be free for members of Preserve Granbury and $10 for guests. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, so make sure to contact any of the directors listed or email us today.

Tours of the in-process restoration of this historic building will be conducted for those interested in viewing our progress.