PUMPKIN PATCHES, corn mazes, football games and costume parties. They're all part of our beloved fall traditions. Joslyn art museum takes the latter up a notch with Friday evening's "sixth annual GLOW in the Garden," a masquerade event hosted by its young art patrons.
The GLOW fundraiser, which includes lawn games, music, dancing, food and cocktails against the backdrop of the museum's peter Kiewit Foundation sculpture Garden and twinkling lights, supports Joslyn programs and has become one of its signature events. It attracts around 500 people every year.
"GLOW in the Garden" is so popular in large part because it encourages attendees to get into the spirit of the masquerade.
"We say the dress code is creative cocktail. We want to inspire people to creativity, and you see such a great variety," said event co-chair anna mcTygue, who is making her own mask. "some people wear simple masks, and others go to great lengths. you see everything from plague masks to elaborate headdresses. They just really go for it."
To keep "Glow in the Garden" fresh, yap often switches vendors to change offerings. This year, food includes street tacos from the Churro Truck, macaroni and cheese from the Cheese Life Omaha and desserts by J. Gilbert's and Nothing bundt Cakes. The cash bar features the masquerade's signature drinks, an Old Fashioned and Lavender Vodka Lemonade.
"We try really hard to make GLOW in the Garden an event that is memorable," mcTygue said. "It's just so much fun."
Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 dodge st. "2019 GLOW in the Garden." 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. presale: $25 for yap members, $40 for nonmembers; $50 at the door. ages: 21-plus. joslyn.org or 402-342-3300.