This article appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Texoma Living!.
Saturday, May 3, The Katy Depot, Denison
The 12th Annual Denison Art & Wine Renaissance: Passport to Cognac at the Old Katy Depot signaled a resurgence of this “must attend” event. With the change of venue, back to an indoor event, more than 500 Texomans attended, dressed to the nines and ready to enjoy the evening. Ten Texas wineries offered samples of their wares, and more than 50 local artists displayed their works at the Fresh Light Gallery, located at the Depot. A silent auction raised additional funds to add facilities to Heritage Park. Amy Lay, Main Street manager, stated, “This gives us a good start towards reaching our goal.” Nine representatives from Cognac, France, attended the event. Emily Limbacher, coordinator for Denison Sister Cities, Inc., organized the visit. “We have had a friendship with the people of Cognac since the 1800s. T. D. Munson helped rescue the French vineyards from total destruction by a root virus and saved the wines of that region from vanishing.” The distinctive title of Sister City became official in 1993, and this year marks the 15th Anniversary of Denison’s association with Cognac.