The social event of the summer!
Once a year, members and friends of the Washington County Museum get an opportunity to enjoy beauty of the Reser Family’s garden and delicious cuisine provided by Reser Fine Foods. The 2016 Garden Party was held on Tuesday, July 12th.
Each past luncheons have featured nationally renowned speaker from the arts, humanities, or sciences, and 2016 was no different. Linda Needham is a USA Today bestselling author of ten historical romances, two stage plays, five musical comedies, and seven musical revues. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Dominguez Hills and has turned a life-long passion for history into a twenty-five year career as a novelist, librettist and playwright.
Linda has been active in Washington County’s vibrant arts community for 35 years, writing, producing, directing, performing, attending, supporting and advocating for the Arts in all its forms. Her current writing projects include a Hollywood noir detective series set in the glamorous 1930s, a quintet of medieval novellas, and a Christmas play she’s writing with her husband of 26 years, Bradford Needham.
Captivating Garden Party guests with humor and personal tales of the tribulations and successes of publishing, Linda focused her presentation on the art of storytelling.
Check back later for details about the 2017 Garden Party
Past Garden Party Speakers
2016 Linda Needham, author and playwright
2015 Mark Shapiro, Laika Studios
2014 Elizabeth Woody, Native American poet, author and artist
2013 Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s Poet Laureate (2010-2014)
2012 Aaron Lopresti, comic book artist, cartoonist, book author and illustrator
2011 Jean M. Auel, best selling author of Earth’s Children series
2010 Event Cancelled
2009 Phillip Margolin, best sellng author and former criminal defense attorney
2008 Kerry Tymchuk, author and public official
2007 Victor Atiyeh, Governor of Oregon (1979-1987)
2006 Edward Leavy, Judge, 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals
2005 Michael Rich, screenwriter
2004 – –
2003 Event Cancelled
2002 Jean M. Auel, best selling author of The Clan of the Cave Bear series
2001 Gerry Frank, author
2000 Michael Allen Harrison, musician/pianist
1999 Jean M. Auel, best selling author