Special guests at Woman's Club fashion show

By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Mon., Nov. 7, 2011
The event was packed with members of the community as well as the Woman’s Club and local politicians. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.
The event was packed with members of the community as well as the Woman’s Club and local politicians. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.

The Grassmere Country Club hosted a fashion show of designs for women presented by The Little Black Dress of Enfield on Saturday, Oct. 22. Almost 200 women showed up to support The Woman's Club of Enfield Annual Scholarship Fund at this year's event. Once again, club leaders and state politicians walked or danced down the runway to show off featured items showcased in “Dress for the Seasons,” a fashion show of inexpensive, yet suitable, clothing for work and play. Racks of clothing in the back of the room were for purchase after the show.

Last year, the event netted $4,000 for the scholarship fund. Organizers were hoping to at least match, if not surpass, that goal with this year's event. “It took the committee almost a whole year of planning,” said Ruth DeBottis, vice chairman of the club and event this year. “Last year, we were able to give four scholarships of $1,000 each. This year, we are hoping to do it again,” she said.

Fashions were presented by Yvonne Turgeon, owner of the store located across from Big Y in a small Enfield plaza. Turgeon, as master of ceremonies, had the audience laughing and the models, escorted by a Marine Corps captain in full dress uniform, were soon dancing rather than walking down the runway with attitude. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman stole the show when she tried a cha cha and danced the Marine captain around, to the audience's delight.

“Wait til my friends hear about this,” said Capt. David Alexander.

The clothing was themed for the seasons, Turgeon explained. Her selections for winter, spring, summer, and autumn were “affordable, professional and suitable. There is nothing priced over $40 at The Little Black Dress,” said Turgeon.  Faux animal prints in colors never seen in the wild, such as purple, dominated her selections. The boutique is open by appointment only. The finale was a number of little black dresses with models sporting sunglasses. But black, Turgeon cautioned, is not for everyone. “We all wear it to look thinner, but navy blue or chocolate works just as well. Nancy [Wyman] knows not to wear black,” she said.

"Everyone can wear blue, red, green, or purple," said Turgeon, "it is all in the shade."

"According to the fashion police, it is okay to wear white in winter now," she said.

At one point, Wyman was wearing a bright pink T-shirt with little green flowers dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. When asked by the master of ceremonies, more than two thirds of the room raised their hands in acknowledgment that someone they loved had breast cancer, has it now, or passed away due to the disease. Turgeon implored the audience to get checkups and mammograms. Wyman acknowledged she is a breast cancer survivor. Almost half the room raised hands to indicate they themselves were breast cancer survivors.

This year's chair, Kay Tallarita, brought down the house with the grand finale when she modeled a 1920s bathing suit complete with parasol. Her daughter, state Rep. Kathy Tallarita (D-Enfield), was instrumental in getting Wyman and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill to participate.

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