Join us for a throwback Garden Party

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Main Street Batesville has announced a first-ever event in its 2017 lineup: an old-Batesville-style Garden Party.

The event is being presented by Merchants & Planters Bank, and will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25 at the historic home of Danny Dozier, 984 E. Boswell. A Southern brunch, socializing and music will headline the day.

“Lawn attire” like seersucker and sun hats are an option for added fun.

Proceeds benefit the construction of Maxfield Park downtown. Dozier, organizer and host of the garden party, has been heading up the Maxfield Park project in honor of his late friend and neighbor, Anne Strahl, who donated the property on which to build this exciting new addition to downtown. Strahl was a descendant of the Maxfields, one of the founding families of Batesville. Proceeds from the garden party and other fundraisers will ensure continued construction in order to meet the June 24 goal date of opening the first phase.

“In this town, we’ve always loved our outdoor gatherings,” said Shannon Haney, director of Main Street Batesville. “It’s a Southern thing, but it’s also a very Batesville thing -- you can take a look around the historic district and the porches, the patios, the gardens, and the gazebos make it evident that’s where we’ve been passing the time for nearly 200 years.”

The social will feature a Southern brunch menu composed of local fare and local tradition recipes like farm-fresh sausage and ham, quiche with farm-fresh eggs and locally picked greens, Morning Glory muffins, biscuits and chocolate gravy, Mom Dozier’s famous cheesy garlic grits, and lots of homemade jams, jellies, and butters.

There will also be a couple of surprise taste tests as an option for guests, as well as a door prize and music. Dozier will also auction off a set of artisanal wooden items with a Maxfield Park story.

“There was an old Sycamore tree down there where the park is being built, and a local person asked if he could make something from the wood,” Dozier recounted. “He came back with these beautiful hand-carved bowls.”

It’s not the only thing salvaged from the previously empty lot. Old native stone left over from where a building once stood on the lot is being reused as the landscaping stone in the park for walls and gardens. Other finds have been unearthed in the process as well, and are being incorporated in the park.

Dozier will give a full update of those and other progress at the Garden Party.

Tickets are $60/person or $100/couple, and are available for purchase at Merchants & Planters Bank, online at, or by calling Main Street Batesville at 844-462-4482 (toll free).