Woodrow Wilson House Garden Party
CONTACT: Claudia Bismark
WOODROW WILSON HOUSE/NTHP
202.387.4062 ext.21; 202.483.1466 fax
22nd Perennial Garden Party & Hat Parade
Washington, DC (May 3, 2010)—The 22nd Perennial Garden Party, on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. is a much anticipated rite of Spring revelry at Washington’s only presidential museum! Celebrating May is National Preservation Month with its special day to honor Mothers thanks to President Wilson making it official, this annual party in the Garden and “best Spring hat” competition benefits Woodrow Wilson House.
The Wilson House Garden will be in full bloom and the competition will be fierce for the Parade of Hats, the Garden Party’s lively tradition of prizes for the best Spring Hats! Ladies and gentlemen in their best “toppers” compete in categories ranging from wonderfully wacky show-stoppers to“Boulevardier President” Wilson’s top hat – with a tip of the hat to the 50 folk art, special provenance and ceremonial presentation canes currently on view in “My Third Leg”: Woodrow Wilson’s Walking Sticks.
Enhancing this benefit event are the fabulous silent auction displayed in the Presidential Dining Room, lavish fare by Occasions Caterers, and live music. This year’s Garden Party co-chairs are Mrs. R. Kendall Nottingham (Betsy) and Mr. and Mrs. David E. Frulla (Lisa) on behalf of the Perennial Garden Party of Washington and Junior Committee co-chairs Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Powell (Elizabeth) and Mr. and Mrs. Joshua S. Bourne (Blair).
Woodrow Wilson House is a self-sustaining site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Garden Party is always in May to celebrate National Preservation Month. Each year, a Wednesday after Mother’s Day is chosen to honor President Wilson’s Mother’s Day official proclamation of 1914.
The Garden Party raises funds for the educational and outreach programs at Woodrow Wilson House, a model of life in the 1920s with an authentic 8,000-object collection and property interpreting the ideals and legacy of Woodrow Wilson, educator, 28th president of the U.S., and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for the League of Nations.
For Garden Party reservations and secure on-line purchase of tickets from $75 – $1000, please visit www.WoodrowWilsonHouse.org or call 202.387.4062 x21.
May 12, 2010. 22nd Perennial Garden Party to benefit Woodrow Wilson House. Unveiling fabulous to funky Spring Hats, contest prizes, silent auction, cocktails and ultimate hors d’oeuvres in Wilson House Garden, valet parking at 2340 S Street, NW, 6:00 -8:30 pm. Tickets $100 or $75 for Juniors (40 years and younger). $1,000 Benefactor, $250 Patron, and $125 Junior Patron tickets available and encouraged and acknowledged in print materials. (Ticket FMV is $40.) Visit WoodrowWilsonHouse.org or call 202.387.4062 x21 for information and ticket purchase.
At the Woodrow Wilson House until August 15, 2010 ~ “My Third Leg”: Woodrow Wilson’s Walking Sticks. This exhibition will present a highlight of the rich and diverse treasures which make up Woodrow Wilson House’s authentic presidential collection. “Seven trunks, eleven suit cases, eleven umbrellas, and several canes” arrived at the White House with Woodrow Wilson on inauguration day, March 5, 1913. As the 28th President of the United States, he would collect over 50 canes, many received as gifts from the American people. Today, these important artifacts tell the story of Wilson’s life from his early years as first a professor and later president of Princeton University, through his two terms in the White House, to his final post-stroke struggle with disability. These gifts of goodwill further illuminate the stories behind the extraordinary legacy of Wilson as educator, president and world statesman. Visit WoodrowWilsonHouse.org or call 202.387.4062.
About Woodrow Wilson House
Washington, DC’s only presidential museum is located off Embassy Row in the Kalorama neighborhood, next door to The Textile Museum, and is conveniently located near the Dupont Circle north Red Line Metro, with limited on-street parking. Open to the public, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. All visitors enjoy Guided tours with admission. $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $3.00 for students and free for those under the age of seven. Group rates available by advance on-line reservation. www.WoodrowWilsonHouse.org; 202.387.4062; visit 2340 S Street, NW Washington, DC 20008.
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