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Have you ever wondered who might have been guests of Douglas & Ina Chandor?

The Friends of Chandor Gardens Meeting held on Wednesday, July 19 featured the exciting guest speaker presentation; “Revelations: The Chandor Guest Book” presented by Brenda S. McClurkin.

The presentation, "Revelations: The Chandor Guest Book" , provided insights into the social history of the Chandor household via the signed pages of the Chandor's guest book, which Brenda McClurkin serendipitously came into possession of a few years ago. Brenda has researched the background of those who signed this guest book, and shared details about who they were and the significance of these particular individuals having been guests of the Chandor's . 

The guest book undeniably revealed a number of "revelations"!!

Here are a few of the intriguing guests to the Chandor home revealed through the signed pages of their guest book:

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For those who would like to watch the full presentation click on the YouTube link below:

Our sincere appreciation and a huge "Thank-you" goes out to Brenda S. McClurkin for all the hours of research she undertook to bring insight and meaning to the signatures on the pages of the Guest Book and for sharing her findings with us. 

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After much searching, for just the right piano, we are now the proud owners of an exquisite 1979 Steinway & Sons Model M Chippendale style walnut piano, just like Ina Chandor's piano.

This elegant 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 was $45,000 which included; the 1979 Steinway & Sons Model M Chippendale piano, matching Chippendale piano bench, spider dolly, as well as delivery and set up at Chandor Gardens.

We are pleased to announce that we achieved our fundraising goal, and that we were able to pay off the bank loan for the piano on June 5, 2024.

Thank you so much to; all those who personally donated to this fundraising project, Parker County Historical Society for a $5,000 grant, Weatherford College sponsored concert by Dr Song & Mr Sanders, and the two very successfull Secret Gardens of Parker County Tours put on by the Friends of Chandor Gardens members. 

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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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  • $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 **


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