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Fashion show hooks a crowd for garden club

WESTPORT The Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club cast its net wide to attract 115 to its annual fundraiser.

The 20th annual luncheon/ fashion show took place on Aug. 16 at the Normandie Beach Club in Westport, featuring the theme of Fishing for Fashion.

The event featured a light luncheon served up by the Normandies staff, and a fashion show. Juliann Sherman, proprietor of the Bessboro Shop in Westport, has participated every year. This year eight models showed off a variety of transitional clothes, ideal for the fall-into-winter time period. Sherman said the event is a favorite of hers.

Its a chance to get together with a lot of people I know and its fun to go out for lunch and have an occasion, said Sherman.

For 20 years, Marsha Lobdell has been a feature at the The Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Clubs annual show. Carrying a painted cane Lobdell modeled two outfits coordinated by Sherman.

I love seeing the new fashion, said Lobdell.

Th鲨se Denton, of Elizabethown, worked with the late Nilah Feltman, Merrice Wyatt, and Gaile Meaker to establish the event in 1987, and continued to organize for 14 years.

Though the club also hosts a Greens Tea in December, the proceeds from that event is donated to local charities. Denton explained that this fashion event was established as the clubs only fundraiser

I think woman are interested in fashion, and its easy to sell the tickets, said Denton.

Elizabeth Kroeplin, who co-chaired with Jean Kerrigan, said publicity was the key to the events success. The club invited seven gardening groups and the Red Hatter Clubs to attend.

The challenging part, both Denton and Kroeplin agreed, was creating a theme. This year fish were fun as table favors and program motifs, with garden club members wearing fishing hats and fish plushy accented clothing.

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