July/August 2023 Coxhall Gardens play a vital role in providing respite and feeding imaginations for people of all ages throughout its serene surroundings that offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, lower anxiety levels and promote relaxation, and Coxhall Gardens invites everyone to experience all that it has to offer by attending the annual Posh Picnic presented by Stratford Senior Living and Moyer Fine Jewelry. A Place To Create, Relax and Play There is a special park located in west Carmel that serves as a communal space where people can come together and build a sense of community while socializing and fostering connections: Coxhall Gardens. Whether it’s playing sports, flying kites, having a picnic, or simply running around, Coxhall Gardens offers a safe and open environment for people to engage in physical activities and have fun. Additionally, Coxhall is a haven for artists, writers and creative types as it offers a source of inspiration that can lead to new ideas and works of art. Coxhall provides spaces, specifically throughout its Children’s Garden, that enrich guests’ knowledge and understanding of the natural world. For children, parks are not just fun places to play but are also learning environments. At parks, children can explore, use their imagination, and develop cognitive, social and motor skills through unstructured play. Coxhall offers a diverse range of benefits that contribute to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals. It serves as a vital space for relaxation, recreation and fostering creativity and imagination, making it an essential part of the Carmel community and Hamilton County Parks system. Coxhall Guild Posh Picnic 2023 The Posh Picnic is an annual fundraising event organized by the Coxhall Guild, an affiliate of the Friends of the Hamilton County Parks, Inc. Foundation. Posh Picnic will be held at the Cripe Pavilion at Coxhall Gardens on August 19, 2023, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their favorite people, culinary delights, and table settings to create a night of magic in Carmel’s most beautiful picnic spot! The evening features a tablescape challenge, with prizes awarded for “Most Posh,” “Most Creative,” “People’s Choice” and “Most Coxhall-Like.” Guests provide their own refreshments and tableware for a highly personalized, stylish experience. Dancing under the stars follows the dining portion of the event for an unforgettable evening. Additional upper-level sponsors include Meyer Najem Construction, Indianapolis Colts and Prime 47 Restaurant, as well as Carmel Monthly, who is proud to be a longtime sponsor and supporter of Posh Picnic. Posh Picnic Committee Chair Barbara Danquist Mitchell and Coxhall Guild President Mary Robinson shared a few of their thoughts on the purpose and impact this remarkable fundraiser has on the Guild’s initiatives and beautification projects. “It is such a happy event,” Mitchell said. “You definitely experience the park and the Cripe Pavilion with your family and friends while enjoying the tablescapes and food that you have created. You pick the theme for your table, and it’s special because you’re enjoying it with your family, friends and other people in the community. It’s not just a fundraiser … it’s an event that is created around family and friends getting together and making memories at Coxhall Gardens.” Robinson mentioned that the proceeds from Posh Picnic go towards educational and beautification projects throughout the gardens. Among the most recently completed projects is the Whispering Walls in the Children’s Garden, which were painted by local artist Christina Hollering. “The Master Gardeners are wonderful people who help make come alive,” Robinson expressed. “In addition to the beautiful quilt garden, they planted around the Whispering Wall to match the plants featured in the mural. You cannot believe the creativity … they’ve done a great job.” In addition to the friendly competition and presentation of the awards, attendees of this year’s Posh Picnic will enjoy musical entertainment by MGS DJs, a Don Masters company, a cash bar courtesy of the Ritz Charles, a silent auction and a thrilling live auction that boasts three spectacular items! Register your tables today and start planning your tablescape theme, costumes and picnic meals for this year’s Posh Picnic benefiting Coxhall Gardens! Visit friendsofhamiltoncountyparks/2023-events for registration and more event details! You can also contact Barbara Danquist Mitchell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (317)446-7366.