Music, s’mores and more at Thursday Porch Party

The Governor Warner Mansion’s popular outdoor porch party series opens May 19 with a “Turn-of-the-Century Picnic,” a mix of nostalgia and old-fashioned family fun, held on the biggest front porch in town.

Held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., the event will include hot dogs, chips, and dessert, and s’mores around a fire pit in the driveway. A 15-member ensemble from the Spirit of Detroit Chorus chapter of Sweet Adelines International will perform a repertoire that includes music from the 1940s and 1950s, along with modern hits like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. Old-fashioned lawn games will be set up on the Mansion’s grassy side yard.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door, and free for children ages 8 and younger.

Here’s the rest of the Porch Party 2016 line-up:

June 9: Jazz at the Mansion, featuring an ice cream social and a concert by the Tom Dennis Quartet.

July 14: Thursday Night Fever, a family-style kickoff to the Founders Festival, with throwback eats and treats, a costume contest, and dancing to the music of the BeeGees, Pink Floyd, and more, with DJ Captain Morgan.

August 11: Floats and Farmington History, with frosty ice cream floats and live music by the Peace Jubilee Civil War Band.

The Governor Warner Mansion is located at 33805 Grand River Avenue, two blocks west of Farmington Road. For more information about this event or the Warner Mansion, visit, or call the Farmington City Clerk’s Office at 248-474-5500, ext. 2225.