August 13, 2012

Garden Club mixing food, fashion

Elizabethtown-Westport group holding luncheon


---- — WESTPORT — Bessboro Shop & Clothing Boutique’s proprietor Julianne Sherman will turn “Fall into Fashion” for the annual Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club Fashion Show Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.

The Fashion Show, to be held at the Westport Hotel and Tavern, will showcase a transitional material that can be worn in spring, summer or fall, and also a collection of new cotton sweaters. 

“I’m showing pretty colors — periwinkle blue teeming up with black and beautiful prints and designs,” said Sherman, who is a Garden Club member and also coordinates the Fashion Show.

Designs include paisley and Scandinavian. Tribal is a standby.

“I’m going to have 12 or 14 outfits,” Sherman said.

The luncheon is one of the club’s two yearly fundraisers.


The Green Tea is held the first Friday in December at the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown. 

“That is one of our major fundraisers. We dedicate everything we make to the hospital, EMS and our medical services in and around Elizabethtown. Originally, it started in someone’s home, and it grew,” said Helen DeChant, president of the Garden Club. 

“We do Christmas greens, a lot of plants and different types of Christmas ornaments, and serve a nice lunch.”


The Fashion Show Luncheon is held at different venues. This year’s event marks the 25th anniversary of the event.

“Our members make up really nice raffle baskets and other donations of nice gifts,” DeChant said. “We take and do a raffle with that and do door prizes.”

The $22 ticket covers a lunch that includes a fresh-fruit medley, grilled/sliced chicken breast on mixed greens, pasta salad, roll and butter, and caramelized bread pudding. 

Attendees can purchase raffle tickets and peruse the offerings starting at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served after that, and the models start to do what models do. 

The door prizes are two $50 gift certificates to Bessboro Shop, a Vera Bradley bag and a handmade afghan by Barbara Wrisley.

“We have members donate different items, and we have a drawing for those,” said Elizabeth Kroeplin, treasurer. “We usually have 75 people in attendance. They come even from Plattsburgh, Lake Placid; it’s not just Elizabethtown and Westport. We get some other garden clubs and Red Hat groups.”

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the food shelves in Westport, Elizabethtown and Moriah; as well as the Boquet River Association.

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WHAT: Annual Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club Fashion Show Luncheon.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Westport Hotel and Tavern, 6691 Main St., Westport.

ADMISSION: $22. Reservations required. Tickets available at Bessboro Shop & Clothing Boutique, 6472 Main St., Westport.

CONTACT: 962-8348.

TO JOIN: Garden Club meetings are held at 11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Elizabethtown Social Center. For more information, call Helen at 873-9279 or email