Arts Society & Culture

Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art to host ‘A Highfalutin’ Hootenanny’

Athens, Ga. – Barbeque and live music are not the classical components of a museum fundraiser, but the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is breaking the mold of black-tie galas with its fall fundraiser. The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art will host A Highfalutin’ Hootenanny Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the museum located at 90 Carlton Street.

The evening will begin with music by String Theory and libations in the Jane and Harry Willson sculpture garden. Supper will be served at 7 p.m., and dancing to music by Good Vibrations will follow.

The menu will feature local cuisine, including fried chicken, barbeque sandwiches from Harry’s Pig Shop and beer by local brewer Terrapin Beer Co.

King of Pops from Atlanta will cool down Hootenanny guests with the latest trendy dessert: gourmet popsicles. Chocolate sea salt, coconut lemongrass and grapefruit mint are just a few of the unique flavors concocted by the eco-friendly, family-owned company.

“We are looking forward to a really fun, casual evening celebration full of good music and dancing,” said event chair Ann Scoggins. “We want to show that museums don’t have to be formal all the time.”

The event is also made possible by event co-chair Michael Montesani, decorations committee chair Tami Ramsay and this year’s M. Smith Griffith Volunteer of the Year, David Matheny, who serves as the event’s fundraising committee chair.

Tickets to A Highfalutin’ Hootenanny are $75 per person ($50 for those age 40 and under). Guests are asked to reply by Oct. 3.

For more information or to purchase tickets, see or call 706/542-4662.