Family and Friends Honor Activist/Writer Nadine Eckhardt
Farewell to the Duchess of Palms
By Michael King,
2:30PM, Mon. Jan. 14, 2019
Next Tuesday evening, Jan. 22, 6-9pm, family and friends of Nadine Eckhardt will gather at Saengerrunde Hall to “celebrate the life and times” of the legendary beauty, activist, writer, and raconteur. The venue (next door to Scholz Garten) recalls the heady days of Scholz’s as a Made-in-Austin political/literary salon, with Nadine a presiding spirit.
The public is invited to the memorial celebration for Eckhardt, who died Dec. 8. As Eckhardt’s eldest daughter Sidney Brammer put it, “It's impossible for us to limit her friendships to an invitation-only list. Who knows how many Austinites she knew?”
Food and drink will be provided, along with remembrances by, among others, former Texas State Representative Curtis Graves, Austin Sun Founder Jeff Nightbyrd, and Susan Walker.
Best known for her marriages and creative partnerships with novelist Billy Lee Brammer (The Gay Place, 1961) and Congressman Bob Eckhardt – and now locally for her daughter, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt – Nadine was a lifelong progressive activist, briefly a restaurateur (Nadine’s, with her son, Willie Brammer-Eckhardt), and always a freewheeling adventurer. In the words of lifelong friend and filmmaker Robert Benton, “Nadine’s life is her art.”
For more on Nadine Eckhardt and her circle, see this week’s print edition.