Historical Society hosts Spring Tea

TULALIP — No models were harmed during the making of Lynn Gough’s recent vintage fashion show. But they were most likely uncomfortable.

“I haven’t made any of my models wear corsets, so what you see is what you get,” said Gough, owner of Seattle-based Supercalifragilistic Hat and Fashion Shows, to a group of more than 150 community members.

Gough’s show was the main attraction at the Marysville Historical Society’s ladies’ Spring Tea and Fashion Show on Sunday, April 18 at the Tulalip Resort Hotel.

The seventh annual event, which included a silent auction and raffle, raised $7,450 for the Historical Society’s goal of building a new museum.

“This tea gives us a chance to put our name out in a big way,” said Historical Society President Ken Cage. “The society is still working hard for this museum, and we’ve been delighted to hold this for the last seven years. This is becomming the must-do spring event for Marysville women.”

This year’s theme was womens’ suffrage, and all models in the fashion show wore apprpriate garb from 1910 to celebrate the centennial of women receiving the right to vote.

“We have a lot of Washingtonians at work and in play,” Gough said about the clothing on display. “There’s high fashion as well as daily fashion.”

Models donned feathery hats, long dresses and 100-year-old jewelry during the hour-long show. After the traditionally dressed women walked onto the stage, they made their way out into the audience so that event attendees could get a closer look.

“Seeing the items up close is what people really enjoy,” Gough said.

One model wore “scrubs,” or clothes that women of the time might wear during the day to clean, and stripped it off to bear a “Votes for Women” sash.

In addition to watching the fashion show, audience members had a chance to nibble on homemade cookies and cakes donated by society members. The women in the audience were also served by men in the Historical Society.

“We have gentlmen servers, which I call tea-toters and crumpet carriers,” Cage said.

Approximately 20 volunteers helped put on the yearly event. The conference room was donated by the Tulalip Resort.

“We get this room at no charge, and I can’t say enough about how much that means,” Cage said. “It’s probably closer to $1,000 to rent this room.”

Rietta Costa, chair and coordinator of the Spring Tea committee, said that the event would not have been the same without the efforts of the hostesses and guests in attendance.

Costa also thanked the Spring Tea’s sponsors and the more than 50 businesses and residents who provided items for the society’s auction and raffles.

“It is such a fun event and it seemed that everyone really enjoyed themselves,” Costa said. “It’s always fun to see the pretty table settings and the lovely hats and outfits.”

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