Spring garden party to benefit the Loudoun Museum May 18

Spring flowers at the home of Dawn and Michael O'Connor in Leesburg. They will host a party to benefit the Loudoun Museum on May 18. 

A Spring Garden Party fundraiser for the Loudoun Museum will be held May 18 at the home of Dawn and Michael O'Connor in Leesburg from 4 to 8 p.m.

“It's a springtime party to celebrate the spectacular flowers in the garden and to benefit the great work we are doing at the Loudoun Museum,” Michael O'Connor, chairman of the Loudoun Museum Board of Trustees, told the Times-Mirror.

The band Lighthorse will perform throughout the event.

“We hope people will come who are interested in the museum and history in Loudoun. We hope to raise awareness about the museum and all the great strides we have made in the last 18 months. We are creating something all of Loudoun will be proud of,” he said.

In December, the downtown Leesburg-based museum hired a new director, Dr. Joseph Rizzo, who was selected after a nationwide search.

“It is our goal to make the museum vibrant. Joe is doing great work so far creating local partnerships. We have also renovated the interior with new floors, ceilings and a meeting room,” O'Connor said.

The O'Connors' gardens were recently featured on the Virginia Garden Week tour and saw more than 2,000 visitors. The 40-acre property on Mount Gilead Road south of Leesburg features a striking peony collection.

“We are looking to make some new friends and hope people will come out to enjoy the outdoors and support the museum,” O'Connor said.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available online at bit.ly/GardenPartyLM.

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