By Marge Woodfin
Pilot Staff Writer
The Friends of Music fashion show recently lived up to its billing of "A Splash of Color."
The fashions from B.G.s Boutique at the Port of Brookings Harbor were colorful, creative and exciting.
The members of the group that bring quality classical music to Brookings-Harbor went all out as usual for their one big fundraiser of the year Saturday, Aug. 3.
Evidence of the dedication of the members was provided by Rae Clark, former member who came from Vancouver, Wash., who "worked her little tail off," according to President Sue Gold.
From the program and menu adorned with a reproduction of a watercolor painting of a rose, to the items on the menu, the theme was presented with panache and color.
The published menu rolls off the tongue, "Pasta Pallet, Asian salad with chicken, luscious rainbow fruit plate, with a finale of touch of jewels cake" and the pastel delights (butter mints created each year just for the show by Gold's sister in Arizona).
An unfortunate problem with the public announcement system created some confusion, but commentator Marilyn Busch managed to place herself in the middle of the room to make sure all audience members could hear the description of the garments modeled.
B.G.s proprietor Braunda Gilchrist was disappointed that the music planned to fit each garment as the model entered the room was unable to be used without the amplification.
"The music adds so much to the presentation," Gilchrist lamented.
Local models in real people sizes and shapes wore Moroccan fringed garments, Tutti Fruiti and denim, liquid silk, pant suits, flowing dresses, fish patterns and seashell patterns"
Created by Gilchrist, especially for the Friends of Music, a piano shirt and with an ultra suede keyboard top and matching treble clef T-shirt was among the garments shown.
Gilchrist's original creations included matching earrings and scarves as well as the handpainted Ts and tops.
There were garments embellished with flags, beads, sequins, watermelons, lady bugs, hearts, and embroidery, on fabrics ranging from denim, to "Earth Cool Cottons" from Canada, to the Moroccan "magic dress," with its numerous possibilities.
The good news is that many of the garments were one size fits all, with easy elasticized waists for comfort, and almost all were machine washable for easy care.
The modeling was interspersed with door prize and raffle awards that brought laughter and applause.
From the comments as guests were leaving it appeared that a good time was had by all in spite of the missing music and microphone, and many compliments were paid to the food.
Gold said the luncheon netted more than $1,000 to be used to continue to bring an array of wonderful music to the community.
"We had a few problems, but it was successful," she said. Ironic that Friends of Music was unable to produce music for its fashion show, but the show did go on.
Models were Maureen Bolin, Paula Windham, Carol Norris and Claudia Kemper.