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Fashions Bloom at Yacht Haven Garden Club Show

All the models lined up at the show’s end. Photos: Steve Hunt

MOUNT VERNON, VA – The Yacht Haven Garden Club went Bohemian for its 38th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Mount Vernon Country Club recently, featuring the fashions and accessories of Johnny Was on the runway.

The colorful clothes are made of soft, breathable fabric designed to move with the wearer and the models, all club members, made the most of this, gliding and dancing their way among the tables. Many outfits featured floral designs, particularly appropriate to the occasion.

“Contemporary and sophisticated,” is what attracted show co-chairs Nancy Hawkins and Denise Wight to the brand.

Co-chair Denise Wight, left, and club president Wand Ragland, right, joined Johnny Was store manager Maria Spadaro to open the show.

As Maria Spadero, Johnny Was store manager at Tysons Corner and commentator for the fashion show, put it, “You can’t help it, you get addicted.”

In addition, buyers help the planet. For each purchase of Johnny Was Active Clothing, a portion goes directly to Planet Bee and their Adopt-A-School Program which “helps students make connections to nature and cultivate the green leaders of tomorrow through the power of science and stewardship.”

Linda Herbert modeled one of the more casual looks.

In addition to the fashion show, the event included a luncheon and a silent auction.

This was the 45th fashion show presented by the club, which was founded in 1963 and held its first fashion show in 1977.

Mary Prunchak in a three piece outfit.

Its mission is to “provide education, resources, and networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility.”

Patsy Lichello was elegant in a long, flowy dress.

Proceeds from club events like the fashion show help support the American Horticultural Society at River Farm; Fern Valley at the National Arboretum; the National Capital Area Garden Clubs Scholarship Fund; neighborhood entrance marker beautification; Sherwood Library beautification and more.

It was Fall colors for Radica Sandor-Scoma.

Models included: Karen Bennett, Gail Mlinarchik, Rodica Sandor-Scoma, Marcia Siegert, Denise Wight, Linda Herbert, Mary Prunchak, Gail Securest, and Patsie Uchello.

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Marlene Miller

Marlene Miller has lived in, and written about, Mount Vernon for decades. She raised her family here, her two children graduating from area public schools. After retiring from over 16 years of publishing her own newspaper, The Zebra has tempted her back to community journalism

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