Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

It’s time to show off your Easter bonnets

April 5, 2007

On Easter Sunday we will see a beautiful array of Easter bonnets. Besides making a fashion statement, they represent a glorious day along with the coming of spring.

Down through history, headgear was a practical item for protection against the elements such as wind and rain. Women's hats did not become a fashion item until the 18th Century. The hats were getting larger and larger and decorated with more and more, flowers, lace, ribbons, bird nests, etc.

When I was growing up, it was a custom for all the girls and women to have a new hat for Easter, even if they couldn't afford a whole outfit.

In the late 1950's Ada joined a hat-making class in Rosemary Bradford's basement. Mrs. Sadie Noyes from across the highway was the instructor. They had all sorts of supplies, colorful material, and netting, Styrofoam heads that they could stick pins into to hold the materials in place. There are still several of Ada's hats hidden away in the closet.

In 1870 in New York was the beginning of the Easter Parade. It went from St. Thomas Church to St. Luke's Church, a one-block parade that was later extended from Madison Square to Central Park. This year the parade in New York is in a blocked out area on 5th Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. This gives the folks a chance to stroll with their children and pets anytime during the day for all to view their newest fashions.

If you can't make it to New York, there is going to be a parade in downtown Leavenworth on at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, starting at Haymarket Square and ending at The Landing Park. That should be fun to see or participate in if you so desire. Bonnet judging will be after the parade.

This is your chance to be creative, make a hat and join the fun.

Happy Easter.


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