Inaugural Mug Show, Summer Arts Studio, and Men Who Cook at River Oaks


1533094Spring time is more than just time for cleaning at River Oaks–while the Bolton Home received a new paint job and the grounds have been tidied up for the spring activities, Executive Director Rachael Dauzat and Artistic Director Aubrey Bolen and their team have been busy preparing a national mug show, one of the two major fundraisers for River Oaks, the annual Summer Arts Camp and a number of other projects.


“Men Who Cook and Men Who Mix takes place on Saturday, May 16th. Tickets went on sale just this Wednesday and 220 tickets have already been sold,” says Dauzat. “This fundraiser for River Oaks has become a community favorite and it is such a pleasure to both host and plan an event that people love to participate in and attend. We will have nearly 30 stations and over 65 chefs in this year’s competition. Men Who Cook has become a culinary classic as both professionally trained chefs and local gentlemen who just love to cook, vie for the coveted hand crafted signature Men Who Cook Trophy.”


“The champion team is determined by the amount of tips received in their individual tip jars. Menu items are fierce as appetizers, entrees, deserts and specialty drinks are served in this taste testing experience. Tickets will again be $50.00 per person and $60.00 at the door, if available. As of this writing, only three reserved tables remain. We are currently busy finishing the list of our popular silent auction items. This is the event not to miss this spring.”


Manna House 2015-StudyMeanwhile registration for Summer Arts Camp has opened—this camp is the largest, longest running visual arts camp in the area, with approximately 180 kids signing up for classes during the months of June and July. The visual art intensive classes allow kids to explore media such as clay, mixed media, painting, drawing and more.


“Classes are broken into four different sessions and all day options are available,” says Aubrey Bolen. “Classes range from $150 to $245 and some scholarships are available. Like every year, we have made sure to give participants a versatile experience. We always have parents comment about the quality of artwork their children come home with. We pride ourselves in delivering true inspiration to future artists – some of which I fully expect to see in residence here at River Oaks in the years to come.”


For more information, visit or call River Oaks at (318) 473-2670. Registration and ticket sales for all events are on a first come, first served basis.