A church and a business will partner to host an event for the Denton community on Oct. 20.
The St. David of Wales Anglican/Episcopal Church and The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub, will host “St. David’s Day” at the restaurant, 101 W. Hickory St. The organizers of the daylong event want to promote the culture of the British Isles and create what could be an annual event in town.
“There is a church board called the vestry and they put their heads together to do a community event, not just for ourselves but for others,” said the Rev. H.W. Herrmann, rector of St. David of Wales. “And we wanted to be a part of something that could also be fun.”
Four members of the parish went to the Abbey Inn a couple of months ago and spoke to the restaurant’s management to introduce the concept that would include traditional foods and music from Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland.
Tim Trawick, a partner of the Abbey Inn, said he was excited to learn of the idea to have such an event, especially because of how it was structured and coordinated.
Attendees will be able to choose from three seating options — an early lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. and dinners at 5 and 7 p.m.
The early lunch will feature music from the Texas Woman’s University Flute Choir under the direction of Pam Youngblood, chairwoman of the university’s music and drama department.
“She will have flutes, strings and other Celtic-style music,” Herrmann said.
The evening dinners will showcase live music by the Boxcar Bandits, a Denton Americana/roots band that recently was nominated for the Dallas Observer Music Awards.
Trawick said half of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the parish.
Herrmann said the funds will be used to support local efforts such as Our Daily Bread as well as the church’s diocese programs in Africa.
“It will be a good and fun way to feed ourselves and to help other people in the process,” Herrmann said.
The Denton parish has about 400 members, many with roots in England and Wales, who are excited about the event, he said.
Tommy Caruthers, senior warden with the parish and part of the event committee, said the staff at the Abbey Inn has designed a special menu for the event. Beverages from the countries represented also will be available.
Parish members have also created a Web page for online ticket sales as well as making posters and advertising for the fundraiser.
“We are fired up about it and would like to have everyone in the community come and join us,” Herrmann said.
To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketriver.com/event/4804-st—david , or call 940-387-2622 or 940-566-5483.
KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .