Dunham Tavern Museum’s annual “Summer Soiree” benefit held on the museum’s gardens and grounds was attended by more than 185 guests.
The theme of this year’s event was, “A Country A’Fair.” Attendees enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy, along with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a barbecue dinner catered by Smoky Sweet Soul. Entertainment in the gardens included music by Moss Stanley and the Sam Hooper Group, juggling and stilt walking by the Wizbang Circus, a blacksmithing demonstration by Dan Cole and fortune tellers in the Klein Garden. There was an opportunity to wander next door to see the Cleveland Foundation HQ construction and to view Merritt Chase’s Dunham master plan for a central park in
The evening’s honoree was neighboring Digital C, a non-profit internet service provider focused on bridging the digital divide and empowering Greater Cleveland to achieve success through technology and connected community. The host committee for “Summer Soiree” was led by co-chairs Laurie Nice and Linda Harper. The goal of this year’s benefit was to raise about $35,000 to support Dunham Tavern Museum’s programs, according to Brenda Ellner, Ph.D., president of the board of directors. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC