Garden party Thursday

Proceeds will help museum’s educational program

Ricky Nelson may have sung about attending a garden party in 1972, but locals can attend their own garden party at The Castle in Marietta.

“We have a very beautiful courtyard and it’s just a chance to bring in the community and celebrate what we do here at The Castle,” said Kyle Yoho, the museum’s educational director. “People can meet the board members, staff and volunteers.”

The party will be held Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the museum, located at 418 Fourth St.

Castle Executive Director Scott Britton said when the museum’s primary fundraiser was switched to June, it just seemed like an outdoor event. He added it has been held since at least 2012.

“It’s more natural at this time of year,” he said. “We can take advantage of our beautiful landscaping.”

Yoho said the party usually has around 100-112 guests each year.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help with the educational programming the museum has throughout the year, while some funds will be put back into the historical structures like the Castle and the carriage house.

“We do everything from cemetery tours, summer camps for kids, food history programs and educational talks every other month called ‘Third Thursday Talks’,” Yoho explained. “We have a Cultural Caravan bus trip each year.”

He said the educational talks are on local history, with a majority of this year’s talks focusing on The Castle’s history and the people associated with the building’s history “because this year is our 25th anniversary.”

The Cultural Caravan bus trip, which links local history with state history, will be to Chillicothe this year.

“We’ll learn about some of the mound structures up there,” Yoho said. “We’re also going to see the Tecumseh outdoor drama.”

Two tickets on the Caravan Canvas bus trip will be raffled off during the garden party, which Yoho describes as an “informal party atmosphere.”

“It’s in the evening with drinks, music and appetizers,” he explained. Music will be provided by the Fifth Street Jazz Trio.

Yoho added that “festive tent attire” will be worn, as “this is usually kind of fun outdoor dress.”

“Some people come dressed up in linen-wear,” he said. “Just nice casual outfits.”

There are contingencies set up in case of bad weather, Britton said.

“In case of rain, we have a number of indoor locations,” he said. “And we’ll have tents and canopies set up as well.”

Tickets to the event are $30 per person and can purchased at the museum’s carriage house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. They can also be purchased online at or at the door the night of the event.