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Don’t miss this chance to learn the facts and explore the legends and lore surrounding the Texas cattle trails and cowboys!

Join us for the next installment in our ongoing “Wine & Words” Speaker Series the evening of Saturday, September 23, 2023 , in the Great Room at Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, TX, to hear the presentation “Legends, Longhorns & Life on the Trail” by Wayne Ludwig, author of the book The Old Chisholm Trail: From Cow Path to Tourist Stop.

Wayne’s presentation will discuss topics such as life on a cattle drive – the risks and rewards, differences between modern Longhorn cattle and the Longhorns that went up the trails, and explore the legend of the Chisholm Trail and the other major Texas cattle trails.

Wayne Ludwig is a Fort Worth native, cattle trails historian, and author of The Old Chisholm Trail: From Cow Path to Tourist Stop. He created the Texas Cattle Trails History Group on Facebook, and is a member of Western Writers of America and the Academy of Western Artists. The Old Chisholm Trail was awarded the Elmer Kelton Book of the Year award by the Academy of Western Artists, and was named a Finalist for the Robert A. Calvert Book Prize and for the 2018 Most Significant Scholarly Book by the Texas Institute of Letters. His first feature magazine article, “What We Know About the Ol’ Chisholm Trail,” appeared in the February 2019 issue of Wild West magazine.

Presentation starts at 7:00 P.M. (Doors Open – 6:30 P.M.)

Book signing immediately following presentation.

Note: Wayne’s book The Old Chisholm Trail: From Cow Path to Tourist Stop will be available for purchase at this event. [On a local note, Tom B. Saunders IV (1934 - 2018) a 5th generation cattle rancher of Parker County and historian wrote the Foreword for this book.], If you already own a copy of this book bring it with you and have Wayne sign it. 

Tickets - $30 (wine/beer included in ticket price)



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Talented musicians creating a musical experience that is energetic, passionate and entertaining!

Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc. is pleased to present a "Wine & Music" evening with TCU School of Music's Harp Ensemble on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at Chandor Gardens Mansion, Weatherford, TX.

The musicians bios and program details coming soon. 

Program starts at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)

Tickets $30 (wine/beer is included)


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Join us for our ongoing “Wine & Words” Speaker Series the evening of Saturday, November 11, 2023 in the Great Room at Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, TX to hear interior designer and author John Phifer Marrs speak about designing Interiors for Collectors. Presented with charm and a magical sense of humor through entertaining stories and anecdotes.

John Phifer Marrs, an expert interior designer and purveyor of antiques, presents a luxurious look at unique and beautiful ways to display collected objects of just about anything and everything you can imagine - from arranging in a cabinet to using an entire wing of a house.

When a client has multiple items that could make up a collection, gathering them and displaying them in a beautiful arrangement is his specialty. But aesthetics aren’t the only considerations. Many clients’ collections include valuable art, books, or historical documents that need to be preserved and protected in the proper casing, framing, and lighting.

     “I think everyone should collect something,” – John Phifer Marrs

His book Interiors for Collectors is about the joy of collecting and his passion for displaying just about anything and everything in unique and beautiful ways. It is an inspirational guide for displaying collections exquisitely, and contains many lavish photographs.

John’s book Interiors for Collectors will be available for purchase at this event.

Book signing immediately following presentation.

About John Phifer Marrs:

John Phifer Marrs is a premier Southern interior designer known for an elegant, fresh and inviting style often called “The New Southern Style.” His interiors reflect his southern roots and combine a sense of the past with comfort and convenience. Funny and irreverent, with a “Saturday Night Live” sense of humor, John has been very busy entertaining his A-list clients and creating magical interiors in Texas, across the United States and in Europe and Central America. His projects include major residences, vacation homes, executive offices and even the official residence of a United States Ambassador. In 2014 “D Magazine” named him one of “The Dallas Dozen” – a salute to the twelve most important players in the city.

His education includes post-graduate studies in the U.S., as well as in the European Program at the Parsons School of Design in both Paris and Rome. He is an accredited interior designer, having successfully completed the NCIDQ Examination, and is a registered interior designer in the state of Texas.

Presentation starts at 7:00 P.M.  (Doors Open – 6:30 P.M.)

Tickets - $30 (wine/beer included in ticket price)