The 2008 Taste of Thomson will appeal to more of the senses than the palate. This year, an art show has been added to the annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association in which patrons purchase a single ticket enabling them to taste specialties of local restaurants and caterers.
"This is a great way to showcase our artists and caterers and to show that we have a lot to offer here in McDuffie County," said Chamber of Commerce Director Carolyn Gilbert.
Ms. Gilbert said the plans are to have the art on the walls of the Depot around the caterers, but it depends on the amount of participation. Organizer Kathy Bennett said a variety of arts will be featured including, but not limited to, equine paintings by Larry Dodd Wheeler of Washington, Ga., sculpture by Deanna Anderson and photography by Jason B. Smith and Marie Stevens.
The dulcimer music of Jim McGaw of Dearing and Bill McWaters of Hillsboro will add to the Classic South atmosphere. Ms. Bennett said they are seeking other local musicians and artists for the event.
Restaurants and caterers to be featured are: Abigail's On Main, Chinaberry Foods, Cornerstone Bakery, D's Delights, Ivery's, More than Mudpies, Plantation House, The Coffee Pot, Belle Meade Country Club and Courson's Winery.
The Taste of Thomson is from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, March 13 at The Depot. Tickets are $18, and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the American Heart Association. The caterers are donating their food and services. Art purchases are optional and will go to the artists, and not the Heart Association.
Artists or musicians interested in presenting can call Ms. Bennett at The McDuffie Mirror, 706-597-0335. For ticket purchases or more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 706-597-0335.