Preservation Austin is invited to tour Ancient Oaks

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Historic Interiors, Journal
Members of Preservation Austin were invited to tour Ancient Oaks on a perfect Saturday afternoon.

Members of Preservation Austin were invited to tour Ancient Oaks on a perfect Saturday afternoon.

After a big storm with hail in some areas on Friday evening, May 10th, Saturday the 11th turned out to be a beautiful spring day in central Texas!  Cool, dry and clear- the best it can be!  Approximately 75 people came out to tour our Bastrop project, Ancient Oaks, at the invitation of Preservation Austin.  Tracy Hirschman and Chris Hutson of Volz & Associates were docents for the 1:30 tour with Chris in the front hall and Tracy in the dining room.

John and I helped out for the second tour at 2:30 and the evening tour at 4:30.  We gave a short project talk afterward in the family room.  I loved the great questions from guest and Volz & Associates client Tammy Mitchell:  “What part of the project did you enjoy the most?” and “What was the most challenging thing that happened on the project?”  Tammy is an amazing “people person” who knows just what to ask to elicit engaging responses;  it was interesting to see how differently client Libby Sartain and I answered!

The evening ended at sunset around the pool at Ancient Oaks with a delicious catfish dinner and beautiful desserts catered by David and Libby Sartain’s restaurant, Maxine’s Cafe.  The original Maxine’s in Bastrop has just been joined by a new Maxine’s in Elgin, which opened last night, despite the storm, to sell-out crowds!   All-in-all it was a very special day, thanks to Preservation Austin and Libby and David Sartain.