Friends of the Farmstead 2021

Prophets and Outlaws perform at this year's private concert and dinner
Prophets and Outlaws perform at this year's private concert and dinner

Prophets and Outlaws to Perform Hometown Show at Fundraising Concert and Dinner

2021 is shaping up to be a year of redemption for many business and organizations. That redemption story includes the Heritage Farmstead Museum, an institution beloved by locals and visitors alike. Each year, the museum hosts a Friends of the Farmstead concert and dinner that functions as its annual fundraiser. In 2020 that event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the fundraiser makes its comeback May 15.

“We’re so excited to be hosting and having the event on the property. We reduced the amount. Normally we have 350 guests. We’re going to follow safety protocols, and right now our number is at 150. We’re selling tables for the event. People will sit in their own bubbles; they know the people they’re sitting with,” shared Director of Marketing and Development Kathy Wilson.

The night will consist of cocktail hour, live music, outdoor dinner, a live auction, “chicken poop bingo” with social distancing modifications, plus a donkey wine pull. Poncho the farm’s resident donkey will literally carry a pack around with wine bottles so that the wine can come to you.

Friends of the Farmstead outdoor dinner and concert // courtesy Heritage Farmstead Museum
Friends of the Farmstead outdoor dinner and concert // courtesy Heritage Farmstead Museum

The Farmstead is auctioning off several unforgettable experiences available only to attendees. The showstopper is the “Night at the Museum” for 10 guests that includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Farrell-Wilson home followed by a private dinner whipped up by celebrity chef John Tesar of Knife steakhouse, accompanied by the vintage sounds of Jessie Jean the Phonograph DJ, spinning actual records from the early 1900s. Other auction items include a live music VIP experience and a Los Cabos vacation.

Each year, the museum’s team gives out the “Best Friend of the Farm” award at this event. Joan Biggerstaff will receive the 2021 honor.

“Joan has been an important part of the farm since its conception. In 1973 she was instrumental in saving the museum and making this four acres to be the community asset that it is today,” said Kathy. “She brought volunteers together. She created the foundation. She brought the Junior League in as our leading volunteers at the historic site.”

The musical guest at this year’s event will be local band Prophets and Outlaws. “The boys grew up in this community. They’ve got a strong following. We’re so excited to have them play,” Kathy said.

courtesy Prophets and Outlaws
courtesy Prophets and Outlaws

Matt Boggs, lead singer for the Prophets and Outlaws, met James and Steven Guckenheimer when they were students at Jesuit High School in the 2000s. Steven is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the band, and James is the drummer. Since high school, they have expanded to include bassist Johnny Cooper and keyboardist Jamie Ringholm.

“We’re excited to play this event. I’ve grown up in Plano my whole life and I’m still local. I have three kids now and we live 10 minutes from my parents,” shared Matt Boggs.

The band plans to play music from their whole catalogue at Friends of the Farmstead. They’ll play older hits as well as music from their brand new album released last year. “Texas Soul is what we call it. That’s our style, how we approach everything. We just have fun up there and make fun of each other,” Matt said.

“I love playing local shows, being close to home, being with my family. I’ll bring them with,” said Matt. “We’re excited for the crowd. It’s a hometown thing for us.”

Friends of the Farmstead has added a Late Night Ticket Entry for $50 that includes admission to the concert at 8pm and access to the bar.

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