Fashion show leaves crowd in stitches


May 17, 1999|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOVE OVER, AMELIA Bedelia -- Westminster Baptist Church members recently took wordplay to new heights during their annual Mother Daughter Banquet.

Using a pun-filled script created by church member Donna Gault, several women and men participated in a fashion show that would make Amelia Bedelia author Peggy Parish proud.

With bouncy music in the background and Gault narrating, Terri McMichael was the first to step up on the platform, wearing a potato sack dress.

"Note Terri's necklace," Gault narrated. "It is jewelry with a lot of appeal. The belt is braided genuine binder twine with adjustable length -- made just for those famous Baptist covered-dish suppers."

Potato peelers dangled from McMichael's necklace and slipknots in her belt could be loosened quickly for temporarily wider girth.

"Anna Maria is wearing a fashionable eggshell blouse -- great for composting, too," Gault explained as Anna Maria Hallstead walked the runway in a blouse-shaped brown paper bag covered in cracked eggshells. "She is wearing a lovely `Searsucker' skirt."

Hallstead's skirt was covered in suckers and pages from the Sears catalog. "You can find the skirt on pages 45-87 in the Sears catalog. I'm sorry, I read that wrong. You can find pages 45-87 of the Sears catalog on this skirt."

The audience roared with laughter. It was a night of not knowing what, or whom, you'd see next. It was a night of eating chicken casserole with rice, layered salad and other delicious potluck food. It was a night that men from the church helped serve and clean up so the women could really enjoy some fun-filled fellowship.

"I had such a good time -- the outfits were hysterical," said Bev Farver, who attended the banquet with her mother, Idabelle Gist; her sister Isabelle Lau; daughter Jennifer Wunder; and granddaughter Maggie Wunder.

"Over the last month, plans for the evening really took off," said Gault, who attended the banquet with her mother, Mabel Braune. "Everybody kept coming up with new ideas, great new additions for the fashion show."

The format was created by Gault's cousin, Sherry Hahn, for her church in Taneytown, and hints of that script appeared in the Westminster Baptist Church show.

Lisa McGillis walked "straight as a rod" (because a pole ran down the back of her outfit). And as Gault explained, no one could "turn a blind eye to her adjustable-length skirt." McGillis snapped miniblinds up and down.

A plunging neckline was a toilet plunger draped around Megan Geirhart's neck.

"Classic cuff links" for bridegroom Sid Diehl were handcuffs, his "cumberbund" was dotted with cucumbers, and his "contrasting bow tie" was a bow from a bow-and-arrow set.

Tim McMichael, sporting a checked shirt (red check marks), wore boxer shorts (made from cardboard with boxing gloves dangling beneath).

"You can tell by his hat that he is a real sports fan," Gault said as a little fan on top of his baseball cap flipped on. "And if Tim runs out of money, he can always get funds from his tennis shoes," which were filled with $10 bills.

The bride, Pastor Larry Steen, wore a stunning gown with a scoop neckline (a flour scoop) and an exclusive fingertip veil (around the bottom edge of some netting were little fingertips made from rubber glove fingers and fake nails).

"Please note the three-quarter length sleeves," Gault said as Steen pointed to three quarters glued down the sleeves. "And the 2-foot train is a must for formal weddings." Two shoes were stuck to the train.

"It was a night for the women of the church, but I'd say the men stole the show," said committee member Kelly Rumbaugh. "One of the quietest men in the church shows up on stage in boxer shorts, Pastor Steen comes out dressed like a bride -- the men were hilarious."

The evening's festivities were organized by Gault, Rumbaugh, Judy Hayes, Karen DeWilligen, Gerry Lawrence and Barbara Lambert.

"It was such a success, people are already thinking of fashions for next year," Gault said. "The possibilities are endless."

Fabulous females honored

More than 350 young Girl Scouts honored great women in history during the annual Girl Scout Camporee at the Union Mills Homestead Mother's Day weekend.

Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, Mother Earth, Clara Barton, Betsy Ross, Helen Keller, Georgia O'Keeffe and many others became the girls' heroines as they trooped from activity booth to activity booth to play games and make crafts that highlighted these women's accomplishments.

There were pipe cleaner monkeys to make at the Goodall booth, pincushions at the Ross booth, paintings at the famous painter's booth and paper airplanes in honor of Earhart.

In honor of Calamity Jane, girls roped a poster board cow with a hula hoop or practiced sharp shooting with water guns.

Anyone passing by Union Mills Homestead couldn't help but notice the sea of tents. The overnight stay, for many of the Scouts, is the ultimate Girl Scout experience.

"Kara had her bags packed by Tuesday. With a sister who has enjoyed and talked about Camporee for four years, she couldn't wait to go," said Ginnie Zawacki, mother of Kara Zawacki (Troop 908) and Anna Zawacki (Troop 88).

"It is a great feeling to be there with 500 girls -- there is a spirit of real unity," she said.

In addition to the activity booths, the Scouts also enjoyed a self-defense program conducted by Trooper Ronald Blout of the Maryland State Police, a bonfire, silly songs and silly skits.

"This was another exciting Camporee weekend that hundreds of girls will remember," said Laurie Friedel, who chaired the event. "That is what it is all about."

Lisa Breslin's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 5/17/99

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