Elizabeth Kroeplin, Chairperson for the Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club looks over the many donated gifts to be raffled off at the garden clubs Flowers & Fashion event on Aug. 16, at the Westport Hotel and Tavern.
A few simple touches of oregano and pom pom zinnia adorned tables and the latest fall fashion in leisure and country wear at the women’s luncheon for the Elizabethtown-Westport Garden Club’s flowers to fashion show spiced up a Westport afternoon.
The annual event was held on Aug. 16 at newly remodeled Westport Hotel and Tavern on Main Street.
EWGC Chairperson Elizabeth Kroeplin said the event is one of two annual fundraisers the club does to raise money for community services.
“We hold this and our Greens Tea event in December and donate all the money we raise to ambulance service, hospice, hospital, Life Flight, BRASS and the local food banks,” Kroeplin said.
The group strives to support local beautification efforts in area towns such as Westport, Essex, Moriah, Lewis and Elizabethtown.
“Last year we made close to $2,000,” Kroeplin said. “But this event is more of a get-together for the ladies and we look forward to it every year.”
Members of the club donate items for auction such as a handmade afghan made by member Barbara Wrisley, items donated by the Bessboro Shop such as a Vera Bradley bag, and gifts donated by other members to help raise money for the local organizations.
The Garden Club Fashion Show Luncheon featured items of clothing on loan from the Bessboro Shop in Westport.
“I chose clothes for the fall and winter transition since winter isn’t too far away,” Bessboro Shop owner Juliann Sherman said.
Sherman has been bringing items for the fashion show for years.
“It’s always fun, I love doing it and it’s fun to show off the clothes you can wear soon,” she said.
The EWGC meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the Elizabethtown Social Center at 11 a.m. To become a member or for more information call Helen at 873-9279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.