‘Tangled up in Blue’: GumTree Museum plans Blue Tie Affair

By M. Scott Morris / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – If you’re kind of blue, that will do for GumTree Museum of Art’s upcoming event.
It’s called The Blue Tie Affair, and it’ll be 7 p.m. Saturday at The Elkin Place in Fair Park.
“We are encouraging men to come in their suits or in tuxedos,” said Kit Stafford, GumTree director, “whatever they want, as long as they wear a blue tie.”
Women are under no such wardrobe constraints, but the aim is make it a fun and formal evening, with the emphasis on fun.
“It’s going to be a laid back, party atmosphere, and not a stuffy, banquet-style event,” Stafford said. “We want people to be able to eat when they wish and get up and dance when they wish.”
A variety of food dishes will be set up at different stations, and a cash bar will be open. Party music will be provided by the Alan Stephens Band.
“The silent auction will start when they arrive at 7 o’clock and continue to 10 o’clock,” Stafford said. “The live auction will start at 9 o’clock.”
Artists with the Caron Gallery in downtown Tupelo have donated items for the auctions. In addition, more than 40 bottles of wine and champagne will be up for auction. One lucky bidder will get a six-foot steel guitar, like the ones on Main Street.
“We have a diamond pendant from Van Atkins valued at $6,000,” Stafford said.
Tickets are $75, and they’ll be available at the museum until Tuesday.
From now until The Blue Tie Affair, the museum’s front window will feature different decorations each day, said Virginia Chambers, a member of the museum’s board of directors.
“Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day, there will be a live person in the window doing something different,” Chambers said.
“People can come by and watch the window, then buy their tickets,” Stafford said.
Proceeds from The Blue Tie Affair will help fund the museum’s programs throughout the year.
“We want to have everyone come out and have fun with their friends,” Stafford said. “We want it to be a good time for everyone, not just museum members.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.