I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Country for Our Country this past weekend, and I had the most wonderful time. What could be better than spending an evening in a beautiful venue with fabulous entertainment all while enjoying delicious food and drinks? Oh, AND it was all for a great cause! Country for Our Country was a benefit concert in honor of all the brave, wounded and disabled soldiers from East Texas who served to protect our freedom. Funds raised will go to wounded warriors and their families to help pay for their educations at East Texas colleges and universities. Just one of several special guests in attendance was United States Marine and Shadow of the Sword author Jeremiah Workman, who was also in Tyler on Friday night signing copies of his book at Barnes and Noble.
The event was held at the Villa di Felicita off Hwy 110 in Tyler. Anyone who has ever attended a wedding or event here can vouch for how gorgeous this property is. Upon pulling up the long driveway, attendees were greeted by the friendly valet service and asked to complete an application for a Unicard if you were intending on drinking. Drinks and snacks were being served in the main room inside, but we were only there for a few minutes before they closed down all the indoor activities and moved everyone outside. Royal Restrooms was also set up outside, and the lines for the bathrooms were always short, and the facilities themselves were nice and clean. No porta potties here!
Outside there was a large stage set up in front of the alter area, and some large tents housed the silent auctions and the food and beverage centers. We mingled for awhile then made our way over to the food line. The food was catered by Villa Montez and Bernard’s Mediterranean Restaurant, and everything I ate was delicious, especially Bernard’s meatballs and the Yucatan sweet pork and rice served by Villa Montez. After eating we made our way back to the stage where we enjoyed a very entertaining Johnny Cash rendition by the talented Derek Sholl. Other musical performers that night included Heidi Newfield, Kacey Musgraves, and Joe Nichols. All the music was incredibly enjoyable.
As the night progressed, the thing I kept noticing over and over was what a great time everyone appeared to be having. It was like one big party, and everyone was having a blast. Once Derek Sholl was done performing he even came out to take pictures and talk with the attendants. The weather that evening became quite chilly, but there were heaters set up on the main patio area where people could gather to warm up. I did not get a chance to see it, but David Yurman was auctioning off a one of a kind piece of diamond jewelry. I’d love to know who the lucky person was who took it home. Eventually, things wrapped up and it was time to head home. Sadly, the word on the street is Country for Our Country will not be returning next year. I think the people of Tyler and East Texas need to do whatever it takes to make sure this event sticks around for good.
Villa Di Felicita
7891 State Highway 110 N
Tyler, TX 75704-4927