Art, antiques and eats share the menu this weekend in the village of Salado as Central Texans enjoy a premier fundraising double-header.

More than 19 restaurants and B&Bs will serve up their finest dishes at Taste of Salado, the yearly fundraiser sponsored by the Public Arts League of Salado, which supports, promotes and maintains the town’s sculpture garden and awards student scholarships.

“Almost all of the restaurants in Salado are participating,” said Jill Shipman, presidents of PALS, “We’ll have a couple of wineries, too.” Visitors can load up on gourmet and down-home cooking creations ad infinitum at the all-you-can-eat, “silver platter” event. Festivities take place at Jack’s Barn at Pace Park, and a silent and live fine art auction will begin at 7 p.m.

“We’ll have 15 pieces of art to be auctioned off,” Shipman said. “All were donated by the artists, and all proceeds go to placing and maintaining the art in the sculpture garden, as well as the pieces along Main Street.” Ten new works will be added to the public display, and “at least four of the artists will be present.”

Hershall Seals, art department chairman at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, will judge this year’s artworks, and awards for the top three pieces will be announced at the event.


The village’s Silver Spur Theater will be filled with objets d’art of a more prosaic nature for the Salado Treasures of Texas Past antique show. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Salado Chamber of Commerce, the show is a fundraiser benefitting scholarships. The big draw is expected to be items from Salado’s circa 1855 historic Robertson plantation, which include fine china, original paintings and distinctive period furniture, plus an unexpected offering.

“We have a skeleton for sale,” said Judy Fields, who’s overseeing the show. “I’m sure it will go fast.”

Artisans from Killeen and Georgetown will have their wares available, a coin dealer is signed up, and local dealer Paul Cox and his “high-end rugs” are featured in the vendor lineup. Co-authors Mary Hodge and Charlene Carson will autograph copies of their book “Salado,” a pictorial history now in its third printing.

“Every penny we raise goes back into the community,” Fields said. “We contribute to the Family Relief Fund, Tablerock Festival, our volunteer fire department, and we give scholarships for colleges and trade schools to deserving Salado High School students.”

She’s got a plan for entertaining the men, too.” We’ll have Doc Ellis’ antique cars parked around the Silver Spur. They can look at the cars while their wives spend money inside.”

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