Models (left to right) Suzanne Duff, Michelle Hart, Laura Staben, Peggy Russell, and Maggie Upchurch were the perfect forms to show off the fashions of every fabric ilk, many with lovely floral designs and all sharing that two-word attribute loved by all women... machine washable.

Flowery Ebell Club Fashion Show
a salute to Spring and Summer

April 02, 2014
Santa Paula News

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times Flowers were in bloom throughout First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall and even decorated the latest styles modeled at the annual Santa Paula Ebell Club Fashion Show luncheon held March 15.

About 150 women attended the celebration of Spring and Summer that included a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, represented by the shamrocks also dressing the tables.

“It looks like a big garden to me with all the flowers,” said Ebell President Cheryl Leatherman of the decorations.

The flower theme spilled over even onto the tables where guests could buy handbags and jewelry from Glam by Tam and flowered summer hats by Carol Beckerdite, among other items displayed.

Alice McMahan was keeping an eye on the Chinese Raffle where dozens of gift baskets and goodies were waiting to go home with lucky winners.

Nadyne Macon hosted a table that included Annette Subic, a member of the Ebell Club for several years.

Subic said she joined the club when she had more free time, although,

“I always liked to go to the Ebell fashion show... and now I can each year.”

Before models took to the runway Drapers and Damon’s Camarillo Store Manager Kevin Kelly talked about the clothing guests were about to see.

He noted the fashions would reflect leaving winter behind and “Transitioning spring to summer... “ with appropriate seasonal makeup applied by Mary Kay Cosmetics’ artist Nancy Bryie, who made sure each guest with a March birthday received a suitable beauty gift.

Models Peggy Russell, Suzanne Duff, Michelle Hart, Laura Staben and Maggie Upchurch were the perfect forms to show off the fashions of every fabric ilk, many with lovely floral designs and all sharing that two-word attribute loved by all women... machine washable. 

Kelly noted that many of the outfits would be perfect for a cruise and easily transition from day to evening although several high-glamour strictly evening wear outfits were also modeled.

Versatile over-shirts, Kelly noted, remain a fashion must have.

Following the fashions Joyce Rounds thanked the participants as well as the Future Farmers of America student helpers, noting that the Ebell Club regularly donates funds to various youth groups and programs. 

“The kids will love you,” Rounds told the audience, “when we present the check!”

In November the Santa Paula Ebell Club, the ninth in California and organized November 10, 1913, celebrated its centennial. 

Dr. Adrian Ebell, an eminent German scholar and a recognized photographer who was convinced that women’s greatest need was the study of science and philosophy established the organization. A pioneer in women’s education and organizing women’s societies he conceived the idea of establishing cultural and study “chapters” in all large cities of the world.

The first to be formed on the Pacific Coast was the Oakland chapter in 1876. Dr. Ebell died shortly after at age 29, and the Oakland chapter was renamed Ebell in his honor.

The Ebell Clubhouse building - now the home of the Santa Paula Theater Center -is on the National Register of Historic Places #89000949 and is Ventura County Historical Landmark #76.





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