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Local arts fundraiser offers sneak peek at Hotel Domestique renovations

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I am on the board of the Artists Alliance and here is the press release on a fantastic event we will be having next month.   I’m really excited.   The place is gorgeous.   Tickets are only $35 for an individual and $60 for a couple.   It will be well worth it.  Hope to see some of you there.

TRAVELERS REST, SC – Arts Alive, a fundraiser for the Travelers Rest Artists Alliance, will be held at Hotel Domestique on Saturday, July 20. The public is invited to support the local arts community while getting a first glimpse of the newly and extensively renovated boutique hotel.

The evening event will celebrate the artists, makers and performers who represent the cultural fiber of Travelers Rest and the surrounding area. According to organizers, live visual and performing arts demonstrations, local musicians and cuisine provided by nearby food artisans and restaurants will offer attendees an enjoyable and lively arts experience.

“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to honor our local arts culture.” said Debbie Wilson, founding board member of TRAA. “We can’t think of a better way to introduce Upstate residents to our organization then to bring them face to face with the wonderful arts community that they will be supporting.”

The venue for the Arts Alive event, Hotel Domestique, is owned by Rich Hincapie and his brother George, a 17-time rider of the Tour de France and retired professional cyclist. The 13-room property, the former La Bastide, is surrounded by 29 acres of gardens, courtyards and vineyards and has scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The hotel is scheduled to officially open in August.

“It’s my pleasure to support the Travelers Rest Artists Alliance,” said Rich Hincapie. “I believe in supporting the arts, and with the recent renovation of Hotel Domestique and our focus on the Travelers Rest community, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to show our support.”

In addition to enjoying an evening of art and entertainment, Arts Alive attendees and TRAA members will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items, including a watercolor painting from a local artist, Sunday breakfast for two at the Café at Williams Hardware, stained glass work, hand crafted jewelry, couture fashion and many more donations from local artists and businesses.

“We are thrilled that the Hincapies have so generously offered Hotel Domestique for our first fundraiser,” said Beth Sicignano, managing director of TRAA. “This is the perfect setting for Arts Alive. Proceeds from this event will enable us to fund our 501(c)(3) application so we can continue to build quality art events, education and programs into our community.”

Tickets for Arts Alive, which is scheduled to run from 7 – 10 p.m., can be purchased in advance for $35 per person and $60 per couple or $40 per person the night of the event. For more information, call 864.607.6233 864.607.6233  or visit

The Travelers Rest Artists Alliance is a multidisciplinary arts organization whose mission is to develop, promote and maintain quality programs and events that foster the arts and encourage community participation through collaboration with artists, local businesses, city organizers and other private/public groups.

A volunteer committee from TRAA is organizing Arts Alive. Kristin LaRoy serves as the event chair and co-chairs are Fay Choban, Debbie Wilson, April Morris, and Peter and Sarah Godfrey.


Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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