By Ginna Parsons
TUPELO – Patty Roper, editorial director for Mississippi Magazine, will be the guest speaker at the GumTree Museum of Art Guild of Volunteers’ spring fundraiser, “Hats in the Garden Luncheon.”
The event will be Tuesday, April 22, at the home of Doyce Deas, 645 Highland Circle in Tupelo. Champagne will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon at noon.
“We were trying to think of something for the springtime and my family is good friends with Patty, so I took a chance and checked to see if she was available and she was,” said Liz McIntosh, director of the GumTree Museum of Art.
Roper’s topic will be fun and easy ways to entertain family and friends.
“But you don’t have to love entertaining to want to hear her,” McIntosh said. “She’s really a great speaker.”
The menu for the luncheon will consist of recipes from Roper’s many cookbooks and the dishes will be prepared by guild members. Lunch will feature Tomato Tartlets, Brie and Pepper Jelly Tartlets, Pimiento Cheese, Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Pecans, Hospitality Fruit Dip, Coconut Pie, Butter Cookies, Praline Muffins and Blueberry Bars.
Roper will also be selling and signing copies of her books at the luncheon.
Tickets are $30 person and seating is limited to 100. Reservations must be made by April 18. To reserve tickets, call Betty Harris at (662) 790-4313.
In case of rain, the outdoor event will be moved indoors to the GumTree Museum of Art.