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Governor Warner Mansion Hosts Porch Party May 9 with Dogs, S'mores

Ticket sales will help pay for needed repairs at the historic Farmington mansion.

Enjoy a "Campfire with Dogs and S'mores" at the first Governor Warner Mansion porch party of the season, held May 9, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at the historic home of Governor Fred M. Warner on Grand River in Farmington. 

Thayer Rock Funeral Home, the Farmington City Clerk’s Office, and Governor Warner Mansion volunteers are hosting the event, which offers guests the opportunity to enjoy hot dogs, chips, dessert and beverages.

Turn-of-the-century entertainment will be provided by “Impulse”, a local barber shop quartet, and guests will have the opportunity to toast marshmallows for the first s’mores of the season, try their hand at playing badminton, croquet, and horse shoes, or even to try rolling a large wood hoop across the Mansion lawn. Board games and facepainting will also be available. 

Tickets are $5 per person, and children under 8 are free. Price of admission includes access to the grounds, plus all foods and entertainments. 

Thanks to Thayer-Rock's sponsorship, all proceeds from ticket sales will go toward needed repairs and maintenance to the mansion and carriage barn. 

Other porch parties will be held on the second Thursday of each month in June, July, and August, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Mansion volunteers are looking for donations of items (except clothing) in good condition that will be sold during a Flea Market held as part of the Founders Festival in July. You can drop off items at the Mansion during regular open hours, Wednesdays and the first Sunday of each month, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., or call City Hall to have items picked up or to drop them off at another time. 

And, just in time for Mother’s Day, the Mansion will be hosting a Victorian Craft Class for children ages 6-11, on May 11, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in the carriage house, where participants will make a Victorian-style craft. Tickets are $10 and include all materials and a small treat. Class size is limited. 

For more information, call 248-474-5500, Ext. 2225.

Source: Press release

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