Our Annual Innkeepers fundraiser will take place April 4th, 2020 At the Arden Park Hotel. Check out this article from the Beacon herald to read about some exciting additions to the event! For tickers, Click Here
A new venue for the Stratford Perth Museum’s signature Innkeepers’ Dinner fundraiser means more tickets, more fun and more opportunities to support the museum.
Though the annual dinner has been at the historic Knox Presbyterian Church in downtown Stratford for as long as museum general manager John Kastner can remember, he says the event has outgrown the church’s limited space. So, in it’s 18th year, the Innkeepers’ Dinner is moving to the Arden Park Hotel.
“We sell out Knox Church every year,” Kastner said of the former venue, which can seat about 180 guests. “We’d outgrown that facility. It was pretty tight and it was difficult to do some of the things that other organizations do – things like video screens and live music and maybe dancing.”
With the Arden Park Hotel lined up, Kastner said the museum can sell anywhere from 200 to 300 tickets. At the normal price of $120 each, which includes dinner and a $100 tax receipt – ticket sales for the event will bring in more money for the museum.
“More people creates more revenue, and a big part of the event is the (silent and live) auctions,” Kastner said. “And more people is more bidders, so there’s a lot of merit in taking it to a bigger venue.”
And those who attend this year’s dinner, set for April 4 at 6 p.m., will also get more enjoyment out of the larger space.
In past years, Kastner said the museum had trouble incorporating live music into the space at Knox. This year, event organizers are not only planning on live music and a DJ to entertain diners but are also looking at adding a dance to the event following the live auction.
“People always sort of disperse after the auction is over, and it’s sort of done at 10 or 10:30 p.m. and lots of people aren’t ready to go home yet,” Kastner said, “so we’re looking at having something that follows.”
While part of the charm of hosting the Innkeepers’ Dinner at Knox was the history of the building itself, the local heritage element of the dinner won’t disappear at the new venue. As many locals know, the Arden Park Hotel sits on the site of the former Kroehler furniture factory. Staying on brand, the museum will be setting up a pop-up exhibit during the event featuring artifacts and information from its Kroehler collection.
“Kroehler was one of the iconic locations in Stratford, so we’re going to have a really nice pop-up exhibit about Kroehler’s as well,” Kastner said. “It’s really on mission for us as well to have some old things from Kroehler’s, like the original time clock and furniture samples and things like that.
“I think it will make for a pretty cool experience.”
Though the event is still months away, Kastner expects tickets to once again sell out fast. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit stratfordperthmuseum.com.