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Hat party
Hat party

While the big festivities for Three Oaks’ sesquicentennial aren’t until June, preparations are already well under way.

The Three Oaks Daughters of the American Revolution offered a hat and bonnet party Sunday, Feb. 12. Visitors made their own designs with the hats, ribbon and lace that were provided in the Three Oaks Art and Education Center. Many of the temporary milliners are planning to participate in September’s dress show, and decorated hats to fit their homemade dresses.

DAR members Priscilla Lee Hellinga, Kathy Avery Alton, Nanette Krieger and Sandy Wilhoit
DAR members Priscilla Lee Hellinga, Kathy Avery Alton, Nanette Krieger and Sandy Wilhoit

DAR Chapter Regent Priscilla Lee Hellinga said the fashion show will include a hat segment. While “simple” dresses need about six yards of material, she said, more elaborate ones take nine yards, so the hat segment will allow those with simpler dresses to enjoy the competition.

Due to the large amount of interest in the party, the DAR said they plan to host a second party in April.