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Hat decorating with Historic Saranac Lake

Ursula Trudeau.

Ursula Trudeau.

— Inspired by the exhibition of Ursula Trudeau’s magnificent hats, Historic Saranac Lake announced plans to host a “hat decorating social” on Thursday, Sept. 19 in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street. The public is invited to bring a hat for refreshing. There will be two sessions, from 1 to 3 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. during the last of the summer Artwalks. Ursula Trudeau will be a special guest during a portion of the event.

“It’s a fun way to celebrate the exhibit,” said Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania. “During this last Artwalk, we hope to flood the streets of Saranac Lake with beautiful hats.”

She credited a museum visitor, Kathy Lobo, for helping to plan the project.

“I met Kathy this summer on her first visit to the museum,” Catania said. “She loved our hat exhibit and told me about a similar show at the Brisbane Art Gallery in Australia that included a hat decorating workshop.”

obo has provided a box of hat decorating materials for the decorating social in Saranac Lake.

Historic Saranac Lake volunteers will show attendees ways to refresh their hat with hat decorations, a decorative hatband, or a coat of fresh paint.

During the evening Artwalk, middle school art students will be on hand to help young visitors decorate hats and create decorative headbands. Catania pointed out that many of the hats in the exhibit are special because of the artistic flourishes that Ursula has added to them.

“We wanted the public to have the chance to do the same with their own hats,” she said.

Attendees can also learn how to make a “fascinator” (an ornamental headband).

Some decorating materials will be provided. Attendees are urged to bring some materials of their own to use and share if possible. Suggested materials include: a hat to refresh, a headband, ribbons, yarn, paper flowers, fabric, scarves, belt, belt buckles, necklaces, buttons, pom poms, tassles, and paper. A $5 donation is requested to help defray exhibit and workshop costs.

Thursday, Sept. 19 is the last day to enter the “A Life in Hats,” Raffle for a chance to win one of Ursula Trudeau’s hats, a signed and matted exhibit poster, or a gift certificate from Bear Essentials, Pink, Bagtime, and Where’d you get that Hat? The drawing will be held during the evening hat decorating session, and raffle winners will be announced.

The John Black Room exhibit, “Ursula: A Life in Hats,” will be on display through Columbus Day, Oct. 14.

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