Save the second weekend of November! We are planning a big event to celebrate our neighborhood’s history and raise donations towards our National Register Historic District effort. If you would like to help or make in-kind donations, please contact Melanie@HistoricTravisHeights.org.
Last month’s cocktail party at the lovely Wilkins-Gullett House on Newning Avenue happened so spontaneously we neglected to post about it here, but we’re on top of this month’s party. Join us Friday, July 27, 5:30-7:30 at Hugh and Claudette Lowe’s lovely home, The Academy, also known as the Mather-Kirkland House, to visit with neighbors and enjoy a tasty beverage. The Ballards made such tasty cocktails at their party last month that, by popular request, Jimi Ballard will be making those again for us. It was a wonderful time to visit and benefit our historic district effort at the same time and raised $2,000.
This is a great way to meet other residents of Travis Heights and start creating a real community. A $20 donation is suggested.
Please spread the word and volunteer if you can–we need folks to work the day of the event with set-up, clean-up, greeting, etc. We also need donations of wine, beer and snacks and anything else that will help us defray costs and keep as much money as possible for our project. Mostly, we need you to spread the word! Thank you!
We’ll update you on the status of our boundaries and application progress, as well as strategize about fundraising. Please come!!
Also, thank you to Elizabeth Brooks and Carrie Bills, our wonderful neighborhood realtors who donated $1,000 each to the effort. A big thank you to Robin Sanders, who also made a very generous donation. But…we still need about 4 times that to get things done in time for our November deadline for applying for our National Register listing.
We still desperately need a volunteer to help with grant applications–there is money out there but we need help to access it. The Heritage Society of Austin is offering us these resources but we can’t take advantage of them without you, whoever-you-are-grantwriter! Please, please, volunteer.
If you are still asking yourself, “But what can I do?” The first answer is Donate. It’s so easy online:
Thank you!–Melanie Martinez
Here is your chance to tour the Alberto Garcia House, 1214 Newning Ave. You’ve seen it under construction for the last 20 years, now you can learn what went into its restoration from the contractors and craftspeople who did the work.