Warner Mansion kicks off porch party season with Miss Farmington

More than 40 guests on Thursday enjoyed an evening of music, food, and fun at the Governor Warner Mansion in Farmington.

Governor Warner Mansion Porch Party

The season’s first Porch Party included a hot dog dinner, music by Impulse, a local barbershop quartet, and old fashioned games on the historic home’s sprawling lawn.

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The Miss Farmington program’s 2018 contestants, along with 2017 Miss Farmington Summer Bedrak, volunteered during the event. This year’s pageant, with the theme “Throwback Farmington,” will be held July 18 at the Farmington Civic Theater.

Miss Farmington contestants
Pictured with Miss Farmington 2017 Summer Bedrak (right), the 2018 Miss Farmington contestants are (from left): Gabrielle Dettore, 16, Mercy High School; Maggie Bean, 15, Farmington High; Elena Vargo, 16, Harrison High; Avbegale Jones, 16, Farmington High; India Roberts, 17, Farmington High. (Not pictured: Megan Cromwell, Farmington High, and Emily Baker, Franklin Road Christian School.)

The Warner Mansion is a city-owned house museum built in 1867 by Farmington pioneer P.D. Warner and occupied by his son, Fred M. Warner, Michigan’s only three-term governor.

Governor Warner Mansion Porch Party
Governor Warner Mansion volunteer Polly Varhol chats with members of Impulse barbershop quartet during Thursday’s Porch Party.

Porch parties are a fundraiser for the Mansion and will be held monthly through the summer:

  • June 14 – Jazz at the Mansion – ice cream sundaes and the STM Jazz Ensemble
  • July 19 – Founders Festival kick-off, family style
  • August 16 – Floats and Farmington History, with ice cream floats and the Peace Jubilee Brass Band

Admission is $5; children ages 7 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 248-474-5500, ext. 2225.

Governor Warner Mansion
Grill master Sean O’Reilly (left) cooked up hot dogs during Thursday’s Governor Warner Mansion Porch Party.


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