June 16, 2008

90th Annual Style Show Has 90 Years Worth to Display

By Sharon K. Wolfe, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.

Jun. 16--BLOOMINGTON -- The 90th annual meeting of the McLean County Association for Home and Community Education and the University of Illinois Extension-McLean County is July 8. It begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.

The event is sort of trip down memory lane with displays dating from 90 years where homemaking was the focus. While that is still important, the current HCA sends packages to overseas troops and has lessons such as "Blues, Blahs and Bouncing Back."

Displays will include old sewing items, kitchen utensils, aprons and old-time laundry methods. The style show will include a variety of vintage clothing and more current styles.

"To me, it's like adult 4-H," said Pat Pulokas, longtime member. "It's like continuing education for life."

"If I didn't have fun -- I wouldn't be in this," she said. She noted, however, with so many women in the workforce, the numbers are less. "I just wish more people could experience it."

Tickets of $20 a person cover the entire day. Deadline for reservations and money is June 20. Tickets are available by calling (309) 452-9154, (309) 473-2283 or (309) 963-5552.



What: 90th annual meeting, McLean County Association for Home and Community Education

When: July 8; business meeting 9:30 a.m., memorial service 11:15 a.m., lunch 11:45 a.m., style show 1 p.m., displays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington


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