Museum’s ‘Downton Abbey’-themed Art N Bloom set for Thursday

April 29, 2014

LaGrange Art Museum hosts Art N’ Bloom, a benefit luncheon that combines fresh floral arrangements and the fine art that inspired the arrangements, Thursday at 11 a.m.

This year’s event, awhich includes a luncheon, will take place at Bisham Manor. Luncheon tickets are $50 each and may be purchased by calling LaGrange Art Museum at 112 Lafayette Parkway at 706-882-3267. Raffle tickets also are available for advance purchase.

Committee Co-chairs Liz Greer, Mary Higgins and Betty Lester hope guests will feel as sophisticated and poised as the women of “Downton Abbey” and will want to dress in Edwardian period attire with gloves and hats as they enjoy a lunch menu inspired by recipes from the “Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook.” They anticipate that recipes such as Lady Mary’s Crab Canapés and Mrs. Crawley’s Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches will take guests back to the splendors of another era as they dine accompanied by music played on the harp.

The museum relies on support from individual donors for nearly 25 percent of its annual budget, according to LAM Executive Director Karen Briggs.

“Our fundraisers allow us to provide meaningful cultural programs and stimulating exhibitions throughout the year,” she said, securing the museum’s vitality for future generations.

Art N’ Bloom is a fundraising approach that enables patrons to support the museum financially while enjoying a museum program that particularly appeals to them.

“We’re very excited about this event,” said board president Bobby Cammon. “The response so far has been tremendous. We are thrilled that this is now an annual event.”