Cowpokes & Cocktails is coming to Zionsville


By Heather Lusk

The event to support the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is being hosted in Boone County for the first time on April 27. Previously, the Lucas property in Carmel and the Fitness Farm in Indianapolis have served as locations.

“So many of our members and their families live up in Carmel and Zionsville, in that area,” said Mary Whistler, development associate at the Eiteljorg. “With so many events at the museum, it’s fun to get out of our neck of the woods.”

Cowpokes & Cocktails, which supports educational programming at the Eiteljorg, is expected to raise $100,000 for programs such as artists-in-residence, bringing art workshops to students and children’s education.

The third annual event will be held on the property of Cathy Turner at 1502 S. 900 E. Turner also is serving as chair. Her rural Zionsville home offers “rustic charm,” according to Whistler.

A popular draw of the evening is a cocktail contest, pitting five regional bartenders against each other to create a signature cocktail utilizing a specific alcohol base. Patrons can sample the cocktails and vote for their favorite.

Patrick’s Catering will provide upscale TexMex dining and Zionsville resident Kristie Lee will serve as emcee and lead the live auction.

The opportunity to don Western duds can be a perk, but not for everyone.

“It’s cowboy optional,” Whistler said. “It gives people an excuse to break out your finest cowboy boots and your finest cowboy hat. It’s a fun way to socialize with your friends and to raise money for a good cause.”

Tickets are available at for $200 for individuals or $1,800 for a table of 10. Auction items and bidding can be viewed at