‘Tis the Season Tea Celebrates the Holidays and Honors the Wright Family

Historic picture of 408 Southeast Riverside Drive

Due To Inclement Weather, The Evansville Museum Guild's 'Tis The Season Tea Has Been Moved To Friday, December 13 From 11:00 A.M. To 1:00 P.M.

This holiday themed event will take place in the historic home of Ms. Kay Cox at 408 SE Riverside Drive.

Guests will tour the beautiful 1905 neoclassical home designed by architects Harris & Shopbell. While touring the home, visitors will enjoy light refreshments provided by Blue Plate Catering and view the home’s wonderful holiday décor. Also, guests will have the opportunity to participate in an auction showcasing themed tablescapes and dinner. The tablescapes are designed by Neuville House Interiors, Stephanie Freiwald & Laura Schrader, and Sharon Bosler, and two dinners for four have been donated by Acropolis and Biaggi’s. 

The ‘Tis the Season Tea is an opportunity for the members of the Guild and the community to gather in a beautiful and festive setting to support the Evansville Museum. This year’s Tea will honor the Wright family, through sisters-in-law Ann Wright Tornatta and Marianna Soaper Wright. For years, the Wright family has served as a supporter and a generous benefactor of the arts. Shirley Wright was instrumental in creating the High School Art Show, now celebrating over 50 years at the Evansville Museum.

Tara Stanley, co-chair for the event says that “Women and men alike have enjoyed supporting the Evansville Museum Guild by visiting the many beautiful homes that have hosted the Tea through the years. It is a great way to enjoy the holiday season.”

Tickets are $40. Parking is limited, so guests are invited to park in the casino parking garage and take advantage of the shuttle service provided by Tropicana Evansville.



The Museum Guild



Annual Dues: $20

The Guild generously gives their time and talent throughout the year.  Most of all, we have fun planning activities that benefit the Museum and the community!  If you aren't already a Member, won't you consider joining? We need YOU to make our events fun and successful.


History of the Evansville Museum Guild

On January 9, 1962, the Evansville Museum Guild, then known as the Evansville Museum Women’s Association, held its first meeting, electing Ona Dieckman as president.  The founding officers of the Guild Board included: Ona Dieckman, Lula Welborn, Marjorie Donovan, Martha Combs deJong, Martha Ingle, Buelah Schoonmaker.

In the past 50 years, the Museum Guild’s many successful annual projects – including the Angel Tea, Mistletoe Mart, Ohio River Dance, Antiques Show, Fourth of July celebrations, and spring luncheons – have generated over $1 million for the Evansville Museum’s operating budget.  This support allows the Museum to maintain and improve its facility and plays an integral role in allowing the Museum to remain available free of charge to the Evansville community.

Over 200 exhibitions in the Museum’s art, history, and science galleries have been made possible by Guild’s generous financial support. 

A primary project of the Museum Guild is the High School Art Show.  Celebrating its 49th anniversary in 2012, the High School Art Show has benefited thousands of young artists enrolled in public, private, and parochial high schools in a five county area.

Annually, the Guild provides the top award in the Mid-States Exhibition, a six state regional fine arts and crafts competition, which allows the Museum to purchase a work of art for its permanent collection. 

The Guild has been an important contributor to the success of the Museum’s nationally touring exhibitions including, The Eye and the Heart: Watercolors of John Stuart Ingle, Beverly Hallam: The Flower Paintings, Passages: The Paintings and Drawings of Matthew Daub, andTheodore Clement Steele: An American Master of Light.

As important to the Museum as the Guild’s financial contributions are its volunteer efforts. Each of the organization’s 46 Presidents has led a dedicated Board and hundreds of members in their volunteer efforts to make the Museum a vital institution of learning and enjoyment.