A warm-weather party that takes place outdoors is definitely not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. A picnic is not a barbecue, and while a pool party could be easily folded into both types of celebrations, it can also stand on its own within its own sub-genre.
Likewise, a garden party is a distinct delight, a pleasure that often involves the admiring of flowers, the enjoyment or making of art, and a quieter, reverent approach to alfresco fun. It follows that a museum is an ideal place to throw such a stylish shindig, but the museum, of course, should have a picturesque garden in which to stage the soiree.
The Norton Simon Museum happens to have such a garden, and A Night in Focus on Saturday, June 25 will alight upon all of those time-honored garden party touches.
Like? There shall be alfresco sketching, of the plein air variety, so turn your gaze upon one of the garden sculptures, or a tree, or the water, or the building itself.
There shall be bubbly to enjoy at the sunset gathering, or if tea is your jam, you can learn how to make a sachet.
The cost to join this summery goodness? Just your admission to the museum, so make time to eye the paintings and artworks within before sauntering outdoors to sketch and sip something sparkly.
If you're getting a Monet-esque vibe from all of this, well, that's definitely what the Norton Simon is going for. For while outdoor entertainments and the hot season have always been a twosome, for centuries, picnics and barbecues and pools do have a way of capturing our modern fancies.
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A return to a more old-school soiree, one of art, contemplation, and tony sips, is nice now and then, and definitely on the first Saturday of summer.