The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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September 28, 2013

Having their cake: Red Velvet Cake War opening night events set Friday

PALESTINE — Before the big red curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the historic Texas Theater for the Palestine Community Theatre’s debut of the “Red Velvet Cake War,” patrons will literally have their cake and eat it too!  

The PCT will kick things off Texas-style during the traditional Opening Night Gala with complimentary wine and cheese, red velvet cupcakes, red velvet fudge, and an auction beginning at 6:30 p.m.   

According to Dana Goolsby, PCT marketing director and the director of the fall show, the non-profit organization is sponsoring an auction during the opening night festivities with the proceeds going toward the last phase of the Texas Theater’s renovation.

“Our final restoration project will be to complete the transformation of the façade with ticket booths and new doors,” Goolsby said. “We take great pride in our grand old lady on Crawford Street and want her to look her best for years to come so that generations to come can continue to enjoy the crown jewel of Downtown Palestine.”

Auctioneer Steve Smith has volunteered his services to sell the distinctive red velvet cake and red velvet fudge desserts to the highest bidders.

“Becky Wolfe, of Oxbow Bakery and Antiques, has graciously donated one of her renowned red velvet cakes to be auctioned on opening night,” Goolsby said. “Mrs. Wolfe’s secret recipe appears to be a combination of nostalgia and East Texas culture sure to tickle your taste buds!”

“My mother used to make me red velvet cakes when I was a child because it was my favorite,” Wolfe said. “I make mine from scratch and use real cream cheese icing.”

Not to be outdone is longtime Texas Theater board member Michael Cook, who is placing a batch of his red velvet fudge on the auction block. Patrons may taste a sample of Cook’s special contribution prior to the sale.

“The Red Velvet Cake War,” sponsored by Bodi Services and the Anderson County Roughnecks, will run the first two weekends of October. Show dates are Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13. Fridays and Saturdays are 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students (ages 4-18). Tickets can be purchased locally from Dogwood Diner, Education Unlimited, Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, and Sears Palestine. Tickets also can be purchased online at

For more information about “The Red Velvet Cake War” email Goolsby at Like the Texas Theatre on Facebook to receive the latest updates.

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