Steep yourself in Comanche Peak’s unique sense of place while you help preserve historic places in Hood County at the fifth annual Party on the Peak presented by Preserve Granbury on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Held atop the historic Comanche Peak mesa, the party begins at 5 p.m. with tours of the peak, followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing.
Last year, 385 people partied on the peak and raised $39,000 for historic preservation projects in Hood County.
Comanche Peak Ranch, LLC, and Ken Hill, Sr., and his family generously offer the peak to Preserve Granbury for the group’s annual fundraiser. Beverely Hill, director of Comanche Peak Ranch Events, coordinates the event.
“Party on the Peak offers Hood County residents the chance to relive history while having up-to-the minute fun,” said Cindy Peters, chairperson of the event. “But the best treat of all is the chance to spend the evening under the stars on Comanche Peak. We are so grateful to the Hill family for sharing this special historic landmark with all of us.”
Gates at Comanche Peak Ranch open at 5 p.m., when tours begin. Guests will be treated to open-air tours or tours aboard a small, air-conditioned, bus with tour guides who will share tales of frontier history.
Doug Harman, a board member of Texas Lakes Trail, will preview an exhibit about Comanche Chief Quanah Parker.
A cash bar opens at 5 p.m. During the tours and cocktail hour, music will be provided by Granbury fiddler Eric Tull and his friends.
Cowboy cook Robertson and his assistants will circle their historic chuck wagons before the party, giving attendees an opportunity to watch them prepare an authentic cowboy meal. They will serve up a hearty dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The evening features both a live and silent auction. As the evening winds down, patrons will dance to the music of Texas singer-songwriter Davin James and his band.
Several one-of-a-kind items will be offered for sale during a live auction after dinner. This year’s auction features a bronze sculpture by Dan Coates entitled “Remuda Boss,” which he created in 1985 and is considered to be one of his finest works, and an acoustic guitar signed by country singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
Preserve Granbury will also offer unique travel packages, dinners, and gifts during the live auction, as well as in an ongoing silent auction.
Auction items include a trip to Vancouver and Victoria. You can also bid on a five-day getaway to Angel Fire, N. M.; one-week stay at a guesthouse in Costa Rica; and a party at Greenwood Saloon in Bluff Dale, Texas.
Also featured will be a “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” movie poster signed by Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross; a sketch of the Highwaymen signed by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristoferson; and a James Bond print signed by five actors who have portrayed the infamous spy. If you cannot attend the party, you can submit bids in advance of the auction.
Comanche Peak, a 1,229-foot privately owned mesa, has long been considered to be sacred by Comanches, who called it “Que-Tah-to-Yah,” or “Rocky Butte.” They held dances and ceremonies there and used the peak as a lookout point and for communication, utilizing smoke signals or mirrors.
In 1846, representatives of several Indian tribes gathered atop Comanche Peak, where they heard U.S. government agents announce that Texas had officially become a state in the Union.
Proceeds from Party on the Peak will help Preserve Granbury’s mission of preserving and promoting the historic integrity of the community.
In May, Preserve Granbury presented $9,334 to the city for rehabilitating the historic houses at Lambert Branch Park and $26,000 for use in rehabilitating the 1882 A.P. Gordon House and other historic buildings at Langdon Center.
Reservations for Preserve Granbury’s Party on the Peak are $100 each.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.preservegranbury.org or through the mail by sending a check and the names of those attending to Preserve Granbury, P.O. Box 1181, Granbury, 76048. Please include your e-mail and phone number with your reservation.