If you’ve ever enjoyed the free family days at the Jepson Center or if your children have visited the Telfair Museums for a free field trip at school, chances are, you should probably thank the folks at the William Jay Society (WJS).

According to Cyreia Sandlin, president of the WJS, the group is named in honor of the famed young architect whose work is still seen in Savannah today, including the Telfair Museum.

“The William Jay Society is the young professional group of the Telfair Museums,” she said. “We love art, appreciate art and art history, and we help to promote the museum’s mission and outreach programs.

“Our goal is to make art accessible to everyone in the community. Not everyone can afford to take their whole family to the museums so we try to make those days available for them so everyone can enjoy art.”

 

The public can support the mission of the WJS at their annual Garden Party at 5:30 p.m.  May 30 at the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters.

According to Sandlin, the evening includes live music and cocktails by Ghost Coast Distillery, along with beer and wine. There will be bites from Blowin’ Smoke, coffee.deli, Whole Foods, Baker’s Pride and more.

She also said tours of the recently renovated Owens-Thomas House will take place during the party and docents will be on hand to answer questions about this historic space.

Sandlin added that guests are welcome to come straight from work in their casual dress attire or follow suit of others and come in your garden party finest.

“The garden party is our second largest fundraiser of the year,” she said. “It makes for a great networking event, as well as just a great opportunity to see the beauty of the Owens-Thomas House.”