Spring Into Summer

Not even the Grey Lady can resist a good garden party.

Approximately six years after the ghost’s last reported sighting, she may be paying a visit to Willard Library, 21 N. First Ave., on Friday, May 13 when the Friends of Willard Library (g)host their second annual Spring Into Summer Garden Party.

The 21-and-over soiree starts at 5:30 p.m. and features signature cocktails including the Grey Lady Pale Ale and appetizers from Angelo’s, Just Rennie’s, Roca Bar, and more.

Antique cars will be on display and an antique croquet set will be available near the garden.

Guests can test their Friday the 13th luck by bidding on an array of items in the silent auction, including getaways, original artwork, and an autographed copy of Katharine Hepburn’s 1987 book “The Making of The African Queen, or: How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Houston and Almost Lost my Mind.”

Proceeds from the party benefit the restoration of the library’s historic entry doors and portico. Built in 1885, the doors are three inches thick, stand 10 feet tall, and need a little “tender love and care,” says Jennifer Stevens, Friends of Willard Library board president.

“Willard Library is one of the greatest landmarks in Evansville and the state of Indiana,” says Stevens. “People come from all over to see it and we want to keep it beautiful.”

Tickets are $85 at the door, and spring cocktail or Victorian garden attire is encouraged.

For more information about the Friends of Willard Library, visit willard.lib.in.us/friends_of_willard_library.

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