A capacity crowd gathered on May 6 at Matilda Hall for “The Amazing Grannies Tea & Vintage Fashion Show”.
Guests were greeted by 23 hostesses, each of whom had decorated a table with creative décor in keeping with the “Springtime in Paris” theme, complete with Eiffel towers and other paraphernalia.
The majority of guests donned hats or fascinators which enhanced the vintage theme.
On hand was Chris Marshall of Morrisburg, who has met 70 percent of his goal by raising $ 23,672 within a span of six months, for the completion of the construction of a maternity hospital in Uganda where he has recently been volunteering.
A portion of the $3,900 profit realized from the Tea and Fashion Show was directed toward this project.
Master of Ceremonies for the event, Gail McCooeye, introduced a skit depicting the need for Canadians to send affordable generic drugs to Africa.
A proposal to this effect is about to be voted on in Parliament, and the Amazing Grannies in Canada is advocating that this motion be passed.
After dessert and viewing of the various displays, vendor’s and baked goods tables, the fashion show began, organized by Robin Lane and directed by Dwight of Aura, Morrisburg. Authentic hairdos and makeup artfully applied by Helder, also of Aura, depicted the era of the clothing modeled.
The fashion show delighted the crowd and received a standing ovation.
Outfits were collected from donors in Ottawa and within Dundas County.
The models, some of whom travelled from Montreal and Toronto for the event, strutted professionally to the Parisian music played by Brian Erratt and Steve Barclay. The show ended to the tune “Singing in the Rain”, during which models strolled the catwalk with their dogs which were wearing matching rain attire.
The organizing committee (Gail McCooeye, Harriet Clarke, Grace McDonough, Robin Lane) appreciated everyone who contributed to the success of this event.