Jewel Ball guests encouraged to wear masks

Hike and Bike Trail

Guests may be guessing who’s who at the masquerade ball planned for the 28th annual Jewel Ball at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Pecan Plantation Country Club. Those attending festivities are encouraged to join the fun by wearing masks.

The event starts at 6 p.m.

The Lake Granbury Area Beautification Council annually hosts the Jewel Ball as a fundraiser for various projects around Granbury.

Board secretary Pam Padget said this year’s funds will be used to refurbish the inoperable waterfall in Shanley Park, located near the corner of Rucker and Houston streets.

The waterfall was originally the dream of past board president Bob Brady. “He designed the project, and with the help of volunteers completed the project,” Padget said.

Sadly, the waterfall was knocked out of service some time ago when a large tree fell on it during a storm.

Padget said the city will help with the project by removing some fallen trees from the area. Overgrown shrubs and poison ivy surrounding the waterfall will also be will removed. The cost of the project will be about $25,000, Padget stated.

Landscape architect Jackie Smith said the waterfall renovations will include a sidewalk from the falls area to the gazebo on the east side of the creek. The exposed tanks and water lines at the site will be removed to improve the view.

The best view of the waterfall will likely be from the Hike and Bike Trail, just before crossing Rucker Street.

The waterfall will operate with a “closed” system, Smith explained. A pool of water at the base of the falls will be used to recirculate the water. “When you depend on water in the creek, there are times it can’t operate,” he explained.

Smith also designed last year’s Jewel Ball Fountain – the water feature also in the northeast area of the park – on the west side of the creek. “I’m really pleased to see the number of people using the Jewel Ball Fountain as a place for weddings and photos,” he stated. “People seem to be enjoying it.”

Past projects of the Lake Granbury Beautification Committee include the La Roe Park (just north of the square on east side of Houston Street) and the four Christmas trees on the corners of the Hood County Courthouse, among others.

This year’s ball will include a gourmet dinner planned by board member Jennifer Dillee in cooperation with the staff at Pecan Plantation. The dinner will be preceded by a Champagne Hour. The band selected for this year is “Signed Sealed Delivered.”

A silent and live auction will add to the fun, along with a casino. Some of the auction items include original art work by Stacy Watkins, limo service, a King Charles spaniel, a dalmatian puppy, a wine basket, big screen television, western boots and hats, designer bags and clothes donated by local merchants.

Contact Padget for donations to the auctions at 817-579-1606.

A limited number of tickets remain at $100. Corporate sponsorships are still being solicited by Mary Ward and Jan Caldwell Hewitt.

For information on tickets or donations contact Patti Shafer at [email protected]