More than 80 people went along to the 2015 Canowindra Historical Society & Museum INC Winter Fashion Parade at the Canowindra Bowling Club on Saturday for an afternoon of fashion, food and fun.
Local models Jeanette Newcombe, Ro Nash, Isabella Henderson and Michelle Lorford-Brown showed off the latest seasonal fashions for all ages by Saffi Clothing & Accessories. Popular pieces included Mycra Pac coats with a gorgeous pleated hood, beautiful knitwear by Toorallie, Bella and Foil, and stunning wool and cashmere coats by Sabena. The Parade also featured snug and comfy wool blend jeans from Toorallie and the crowd favourite was easily the black and white “Y” dress.
The generous donations from businesses and community members helped make the Parade a success. For raffle prizes, a hamper of edible goodies, knickknacks and homewares was donated by Tommy Jeffs at Deli Lama, a meat voucher by Belubula Butchery and a fruit basket supplied by Gaskill Greens. A delicious homemade afternoon tea was supplied by volunteers from the Historical Society & Museum, a lucky door prize was donated by Muriel Yell, and a donation of small bags filled with perfumes, candles and soaps came from Sydney; a big show of support for the event and the Historical Society & Museum.
The Winter Fashion Parade is an annual event which this year raised over $1000 for the Historical Society & Museum, a “keeping place” for the town’s collective records, items and history. “We get good support from the community,” said Jan Harrison, a key organiser of the event. “This is our major fundraiser and it has always been really well supported. We even had people coming from Eugowra, Cowra and Orange.”
“Our aim is to attract volunteers to make the Historical Society & Museum more accessible; to boost the number of volunteers and get younger members involved. We can’t do without the help from members and volunteers; people rallied together to help us.”