Garden Party



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.

Linda NeedhamEach 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