Twilight is a fun, casual neighborhood event that is held to kick off the Home Tour weekend. Attendees have the opportunity to tour several homes, followed by dinner, dancing and a silent auction.
It might be described as a giant, neighborhood block party. If you’ve never been before, we’d love to see you there!
What does my ticket get me?
You will be treated to a catered buffet dinner, live music and a silent auction, all under a beautiful white tent. And, of course, there is an opportunity to tour three beautiful homes that are located within walking distance.
The Twilight Committee works hard to keep the ticket price as low as possible. We want to encourage as many people to join us as possible! All ticket proceeds go to the cost of hosting the event.
What is the schedule for the evening?
6:00 pm — Guest Registration and Twilight Homes Open
6:30 pm — Silent Auction Tables Open
7:00 pm — Music Begins
7:30 – 9:30 pm — Dinner
10:15 pm — Silent Auction Begins to Shut Down*
11:00 pm — Party’s Over!
Please plan to pick up your Silent Auction items this evening so we don’t have to track you down over the weekend! Thank you!
What if I’m thirsty?
Beverages are not included in your ticket price so be sure to bring some cash if you think you might be thirsty! Upland Brewery has been a sponsor for several years and will serve their micro-brews. There will also be full bars for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Please note: This is NOT a BYOB event. We cannot allow beverages to be brought into the event.
What sort of food is served?
Dinner is served buffet style will include:
- Nutty Apple Slaw With Shredded Cabbage, Red and Green Apples, Raisins and Walnuts
- Gourmet Mixed Greens with shredded Carrots, Cucumbers, Roma Tomatoes, Croutons And Assorted Dressings
- Roasted Redskin Potato Salad With Red Peppers, Celery, Red Onions, Herbs, Spices and Olive Oil
- Black Bean and Rice Salad With Corn, Tomatoes, and Cilantro
- Slow-roasted Beef Brisket With Memphis Dry Rub and Sassy Barbecue Sauce With Corn-dusted Kaiser Rolls
- Mixed Berry Shortcake With Cinnamon Whipped Cream
How does seating work?
The event is very casual, so just fill your plate and grab a chair. If you would prefer to have a reserved table, you can reserve a table for 8 and when you arrive, you’ll find your name on a table, just for you and your favorite neighbors. Some folks plan to come with a big group and end up reserving 3-4 tables!
What should I wear?
Think cool and comfortable. It’s fun to dress up, but keep in mind that it’s usually quite warm, and it’s an outdoor event. Women generally wear a sundress and sandals. Men – khakis or shorts and a golf shirt. You’ll likely do a lot of standing (and dancing) so keep that in mind.
Can I buy my ticket at the event?
We recommend buying your tickets early, as the event often sells out. Last year, we had to turn people away, which was no fun! If we know you’re coming ahead of time, we can make sure we have a large enough tent and plenty of food.
How do you decide where to hold Twilight?
In general, we determine the Twilight tour homes first, which allows us to narrow down the location.
In years past, we have erected the party tent right in a neighborhood street, which was a lot of fun! However, in recent years the City has been unwilling to provide us with a permit to close down streets due to safety concerns. This has limited our location options to neighborhood parking lots that allow for a tent.
What can I expect from the silent auction?
We thought you’d never ask. The Silent Auction is held in the center of the Twilight tent and is a substantial fundraiser for Meridian-Kessler. There is a huge array of things to bid on – from vacations and artwork to restaurant gift certificates and photography sessions. There is something for everyone.
And remember, all proceeds are granted out to neighborhood organizations that work to make Meridian-Kessler a better place to live, work and play. Bid often and generously!