Fashion Before Freedom Tea

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Benefiting CASA FOR KIDS

Join CASA for Kids in celebrating 100 years of celebrating women's suffrage in Oregon.  Our Fashion Before Freedom Tea will honor the efforts of our foremothers to take a more active role in public life--efforts that set the stage for women over the decades to become involved in many causes, including advocating for abused children.

Using original pieces from her extensive vintage clothing collection, LaRee Johnson of Astoria wil illustrate how women's fashions became less restrictive and cumbersome after women got the vote and became more active outside the home. LaRee's presentation will feature original clothing from the 1880s to the 1930s.

LaRee wrote the book on vintage fashion--literally. She is the author of " Ladies’ Vintage Accessories," a 333-page comprehensive value and identification guide in hardback on ladies accessories from mid-1800s to modern times. The book went into four editions selling nationwide. A passionate preserver of vintage clothing and accessories, she is a member of the Costume Society of America and National Button Society.

Blackbird Catering of St. Helens is planning a delicious two-course tea menu for this event.

The event also will feature a silent auction, featuring wonderful art, vintage pieces, and other items, and a reprise of our popular balloon raffle. Last year's grand prize was a weekend get-away to Astoria. This year's grand prize is still in the works but promises to be equally fun.

The annual CASA tea is a great early Mother's Day celebration!

Reserve your Fashion Before Freedom Tea ticket today! (Tickets purchased online will be available on a will-call basis at the event.) Tickets also may be purchased at the St. Helens Book Shop and Bertucci's Chocolates in St. Helens. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $30.

Proceeds benefit the CASA for Kids, Inc. program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving abused and neglected children in Columbia County.