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Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc. is excited to announce that we are now the proud owners of an exquisite 1979 Steinway & Sons Model M Chippendale style walnut piano, just like Ina Chandor's piano. However, we also now have a bank loan that needs to be paid off.

This means that fundraising is now even more imperative then ever, as we need to pay off the bank loan as soon as possible.

The piano arrived at Chandor Gardens on Feb 1, 2024, and now has a permenant home in the Great Room.

Project Details:

Historic Relevance to Chandor Gardens:

Ina Chandor was an accomplished classical pianist. She had a degree in Music from Texas Female Seminary and Conservatory of Music, Weatherford, TX. She took private lessons in classical music from Professor Harold von Mickwitz. Professor Mickwitz was Dean of Music at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, as well as a piano teacher at the Institute of Musical Art (Juilliard), New York.
Ina also met Eddy Duchin the distinguished American jazz pianist and bandleader of the 1930's and 1940's, known for his graceful and clever way of playing the piano referred to as the "Duchin style". Ina studied piano with Eddy Duchin for a bit. 
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The Chandor's had a Steinway & Sons Chippendale Model M piano that sat in the studio/great room, and Ina often entertained guests and those sitting for portraits.
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The Chandor Steinway piano was sold at the Chandor Estate Sale in 1984 for $9,950.
The identity of the purchaser and where the piano went after the sale is unknown. 
 
 
Current Relevance to Chandor Gardens:
 
The Foundation has purchased a similar Steinway & Sons Model M Chippendale style walnut piano as what Ina once had, permanently located in the studio/great room, which returned the room to more closely resemble its original look and feel from when the Chandor's lived in the home.
 
This piano will not be a static display piece as it is a functional concert performance quality piano, which will allow the Foundation to offer a broader range of music enrichment programs to the public including; performance opportunities for emerging artists, children’s music education classes i.e in partnership with The Cliburn, and other musical ensembles. 
 

Project Budget & Fundraising Progress:

The fundraising goal for this project is $45,000 and includes; a Steinway & Sons Model M Chippendale piano, matching Chippendale piano bench, spider dolly, as well as delivery and set up at Chandor Gardens.
 
Fundraising Progress:
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Enjoy a self-guided journey through 5 unique gardens in Parker County.
Discover what lies behind the hedges, fences, and gates!

The Friends of Chandor Gardens are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Secret Gardens of Parker County Tour of 5 unique gardens in Parker County, Texas, which showcases stunning views, landscaping ideas, fascinating plants and garden art.

This is a self-guided tour, so you can make your own itinerary and go at your own pace between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 3, 2023.

Garden Locations:

  1. 220 Terrace Bluff Lane, Aledo, TX 
  2. 1113 Thistle Hill Trail, Weatherford, TX 
  3. 1221 Forest Park Drive, Weatherford, TX 
  4. 1919 Forest Glen Lane, Weatherford, TX 
  5. 711 W. Lee Ave., Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, TX

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pdfCLICK HERE TO VIEW TOUR BOOKLET

Tickets:

  • $12/person - online in advance
  • $15/person - day of the event at 1st garden visited.

NOTE - Those purchasing tickets online will be emailed a brochure with information about each garden and the map just prior to the tour date. Ticket holders will be provided a printed copy of the brochure at the 1st garden gate visited the day of the event.

Regrettably, due to stairs and uneven terrain, the gardens on the tour are not fully accessible for those with mobility disabilities.

** In case of cancellation, due to significant inclement weather, the tour will be held Saturday, June 10, 2023, instead. We will NOT cancel the event if there are only a few scattered showers the day of the event **

Thank-you so much to the garden owners! We are only able to be in the private gardens through the gracious kindness of the owners.

For additional information call: 817-550-7762

** Proceeds benefit the enhancement of Chandor Gardens reflecting the artistic vision of Douglas Chandor **

PLEASE JOIN US IN THANKING OUR GARDEN TOUR SPONSORS - WITHOUT WHOSE SUPPORT WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD THIS WONDERFUL EVENT.

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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

 

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Friends of Chandor Gardens “Meet & Greet Evening” held on May 18, 2023 at Chandor Gardens from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
 
This event gave existing Friends of Chandor Gardens members and their guests the opportunity to:
  • get to know each other better by having time to visit and socialize
  • learn more about Chandor Gardens past
  • invite guests (friends, and family) who may be interested in also becoming members of the Friends of Chandor Gardens 
The theme of the evening was "Chandor Gardens Then, Now and Tomorrow"
The evening started off with the screening of two videos:
1) Chandor Gardens in the early 1980's at the early point of neglect and disrepair 6 years after Ina Chandor's passing.
2) A short film interviewing Dr Harold Lawrence and Melody Bradford after the Bradford's had completed the restoration of Chandor Gardens in the mid 1990's (produced and narrated by Katie Sherrod of KERA-TV, Dallas).
 
The evening was a tribute and Thank-You to Melody Bradfort for the mammoth restoration undertaken by herself and her husband Chuck Bradford in the 1990's, which returned Chandor Gardens to its glorious state as Douglas Chandor once had it. The program then outlined Chandor Gardens Foundation & Friends present activities and fundraising initiatives of today, and finished by showcaseing the plans for the expansion of Chandor Gardens in the future as per the Chandor Gardens Master Plan.
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Elizabeth Lawrence, Melody Bradford, Jamie Bodiford (standing), & Dr. Harold Lawrence