Circle 2445’s Kentucky Derby Party to Feature Southern Fare, Hat Contest

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Circle 2445’s annual Kentucky Derby party, replete with fanciful head adornments and mint juleps, returns to the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle on May 3 from 4:30–7:30 p.m.

The event features a live screening of the thoroughbred race as well as a Southern-style menu, bourbon tasting, a game of bocce in the Welles Sculpture Garden, and live music by Kentucky Chrome and Andrew Ellis. The Museum’s Monroe Street terrace will serve as an impromptu stage for a hat contest, with prizes awarded for the best classic derby hat, best fascinator and most creative topper.

The Derby party is part of a slate of events Circle 2445 has planned for spring and summer, as the membership group continues to engage younger generations of art enthusiasts with the Museum. The group’s name comes from the Museum’s address, 2445 Monroe Street, and roughly reflects the age range of its members, 24 to 45.

“Circle 2445’s Derby party has become one of our major annual events,” said Jackie Tussing, the Museum’s development officer for special projects and a Circle 2445 board member. “The Peristyle is one of the most spectacular places to watch the race and it always draws an interesting mix of people.”

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door for Circle 2445 members and $40 in advance and $50 at the door for nonmembers. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Kentucky Derby Party is sponsored in part by WNWO NBC24, Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts, The Andersons and

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