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Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc. was pleased to present a Wine & Words evening on March 12, 2022, at Chandor Gardens Mansion, at 7:00 P.M. (Doors opened at 6:30) with guest speaker Dr. Ron Tyler presenting: The Art of Texas: 250 Years to the jsut under 80 ticket holders in attendance. 

Guests enjoyed a glass of wine while Dr. Ron Tyler shared a summary of beautiful illustrations and insigh ts into how the art of Texas captured the uniquely Texan culture formed over the centuries.

Ron Tyler is the editor of The Art of Texas: 250 Years, which tells the deeper story of Texas art, beginning with Spanish colonial paintings and moving through two and a half centuries of art in Texas.

The Art of Texas: 250 Years is a ten-by-twelve-inch hardcover book with more than 350 full-color illustrations and fourteen essays written by noted scholars, art historians, and curators with the intent to analyze and characterize Texas art on a grand scale. The essays in the book are arranged chronologically by subject, starting with Tyler’s essay on the history of Texas art from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and concludes with an essay by K. Robinson Edwards on “Liberty and Lone Star Modernism” in the twentieth century.

Ron Tyler is the retired Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas (2006-2011). He is former Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Texas State Historical Association and the Center for Studies in Texas History at the University (1986-2006), during which time he was the editor-in-chief of The New Handbook of Texas (6 vols.; 1996 and now online) and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (1986-2004). Before moving to Austin, he served for eighteen years as Curator of History and Director of Public Programs at the Carter.

Tyler is the author of numerous books on history and art including Santiago Vidaurri and the Southern Confederacy (1973), The Slave Narratives of Texas (co-editor, 1974), The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier (1975), The Cowboy (photographs by Bank Langmore, 1975), Visions of America: Pioneer Artists in a New Land (1983), Audubon’s Great National Work: The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America (1993), Prints of the West (1994), and Western Art, Western History: Collected Essays (2019).

At the end of the presentation Ron will signed copies of the book The Art of Texas: 250 Years 

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The Chandor Gardens mansion is alway enchanting when it is decorated for Christmas.This year it was decorated in a magical "Nutcracker" wonderland theme. As such the theme for the Chanor Gardens Foundation & Friends Christmas party was "Nutcracker" themed as well. 

This was an opportunity for members of the Chandor Gardens Foundation & Friends to come together, socialize, and enjoy the beautifuly decorated Chandor mansion. Attendees enjoyed heavy appetizers, refreshments, and live music provided by Cynthia Miller. 

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During the evening there was a "Guess the # of Christmas balls" to win the door prize draw for a Christmas Cactus, which was won by Carole Peterson. 

Also during the evening, there was a fundraising "Raffle Board" for a chance to win an 8 place setting of Aynsley "Famille Rose" fine English bone china, plus 24 beautiful cobalt blue glasses, donated to the Foundation by Donna Williams. Congratulations to Julie Larwood for purchasing the winning square. Julie's lucky square was #88. Thank you Donna Williams for donating your beautiful china to the Foundation, and to everyone who purchased raffle squares in support of our bronze sculpture project.

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Raffle winner Julie Larwood (holding china plate) with Eileen Leslie, President of Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc

   It was a wonderful evening of festive fun!

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Have you ever walked along the edge of the English Bowling Green (the long narrow strip of sunken lawn 110' x 14') at Chandor Gardens and wondered what it must have been like to have spent some leisure time with Douglas and Ina in this part of the gardens? 
On the overcast and drizzly morning of October 13, 2021, a group of twenty Friends of Chandor Gardens members gathered and had morning tea (Texas style - iced tea & biscuits with Texas fruit jelly) in the gazebo at Chandor Gardens. The group got the opportunity to glimpse into the 1940's and early1950's when White Shadows, now known as Chandor Gardens, was the home of Douglas and Ina Chandor. The area around the Bowling Geen and the Bowling Green itself was Douglas and Ina's favorite spot in the gardens to entertain guests.
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While having tea there was a presentation by Gayle Strangmeyer about the fashions of the 1940's and 1950', and a presentation by Eileen Leslie on the hisory of the game of Bowls  (not the same as Bocce) of which concluded with instructions on the basics of playing the game. The group then tried their hand at delivering a few "bowls" down Douglas Chandor's Bowling Green, just like Douglas Chandor and Thomas Mann are doing in the top right insert photo in the first photo above from 1939.
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 A number of ladies came dressed in 1940's and early 1950's period fashion, just like Ina and her friends.
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Darlene Chapman & Ann Geer each delivering a bowl down the green!
Since rain was moving in very quickly the "Modified Pairs Bowls Tournament" that had been planned was shortened down to a "Closest to the Jack on First Try" contest. 
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 1st Place - Holly Johnson & 2nd Place - Barbara Zeman
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The group of happy "Bowls Players" on the Bowling Green at Chandor Gardens
As the event wrapped up those who attended agreed that it was easy to see why Douglas and Ina enjoyed entertaining guests in this part of their gardens, and why Douglas made a point to create a Bowling Green in his Texas garden, as lawn bowling is surprisingly a very fun game.
Could this be the start of a Friends of Chandor Gardens Lawn Bowls Club or a least a few members getting together for a friendly game now and then? Maybe so.  
Attached below is the pdf file about the history of the game of bowls which was part of the presentation given during this event: