Planning already underway for Oct. 28 Bacchanal to benefit TTU art scholarships

Members of the Bacchanal Committee are already busy planning this year’s event, which supports art scholarships at Tennessee Tech University and the Appalachian Center for Craft.

“This scholarship fundraiser has become one of Cookeville’s must-attend annual events,” said Jane Dudney Roberts, promotions and development manager at the Craft Center and Bacchanal coordinator.

The event offers wine and beer tastings, a decadent cocktail buffet, the smooth sound of jazz music and — of course — a live auction of art and fine craft.

Bacchanal 2007 is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Spankies Restaurant in Cookeville. The auction will begin at 2:30 p.m. Guests will receive commemorative wine and pint glasses and free valet parking.

“The Bacchanal has been extremely successful in the past few years,” said Ward Doubet, Craft Center director and Bacchanal Committee chairman. “It has allowed TTU’s art department to award $1,000 scholarships totaling more than $36,000 to students, while building an endowment of more than $100,000.

“With the event’s continued success, we’ll be able to increase the amounts of the awards and the number of awards available to our students,” he said.

Of the Bacchanal Committee’s summer preparations, Roberts said, “We’re very lucky to have such an active, supportive committee associated with the Bacchanal. This group, as well as our generous donors, is wonderfully dedicated to the event and to providing support for emerging young artists.”

Reservations for the Bacchanal are $35 per person in advance — through Friday, Oct. 26 — and $40 per person at the door.

To make reservations for Bacchanal 2007, call Shannon Terry at 931/372-3051 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, visit the Craft Center web site and click on the Bacchanal icon at


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