Tea for One Hundred Forty

Carole DesRoches of Bluffton Boutique dressed 13 models in 130 dresses for the Warburg Bloomin' Buddies Mother's Day Fashion Show. Becky models a playful number, perfect for strolling the beach or shopping with friends.

 

 
Mother’s Day—time to spoil Mom a little bit, right? Moms attending the Warburg Bloomin’ Buddies First Annual Mother’s Day Tea and Fashion Show held at the Warburg Cultural Centre on May 12 felt very pampered.  
Black-tie servers Ron Spasoff, Joe Perfilow, and Dave Kuerbis offered plated crudités and sandwiches, and for dessert, strawberry shortcake made by Ron and Helen Spasoff. The event was to raise money for flowers and beautification projects in the Village of Warburg.  
Door prizes and prizes for hats were announced by the event MC, Vicki Fritz.  Hat contest winners are as follows: Most vintage hat—Angie Perry;  Most flamboyant—Linda Loberg; and the best all around most coordinated outfit with hat—Eileen McMann (Her hat was purchased at Salvation Army for 99 cents.).
Guests enjoyed many visual treats—generous community residents lent over 140 lovely china cups for the occasion—enough for everyone.  The walls and stage area held dimensional vignettes of vintage clothing, shoes, and hats—thanks to Barb Liba and Bloomin’ Buddies Secretary Peggy-Sue Cropley.  
“It was awesome,” said Carol Rempel who acted as Event Coordinator. “There were two old trunks from 1896 complete with a wedding gown, shoes, gloves, and even the wedding invitation!”
Peggy-Sue Cropley, Lacey-Jay Cropley, Jodanna Robinson and Stephanie Wurban led the transition to the fashion show with an exhibition of exotic belly dancing in full costume.
 
Fashion Show features Bluffton Boutique apparel
Carole DesRoches of Bluffton Boutique dressed 13 models in 130 outfits from the 2012 Spring and Summer Collection. DesRoches owns the 1600 sq. ft. boutique located on Main Street in Bluffton and her daughter Cindy joins her.
  The youngest model was eighth grader, Stephanie Wurban. “She was so sweet and shy, I enjoyed making her look cute!” said Carole. “We really like it when people come to the store and ask us to dress them. We enjoy giving that personal service.” 
The store is open every day of the week, including weekends, from 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m., but they are closed on Mondays. 
“Our sizes range from Junior sizes to 3X; and we carry both casual and formal wear and plenty of accessories—all at affordable prices.”
Deb Geiger arranged for fashion show models and, along with her sister, for the lunch. Thought they didn’t model, Lily (3) and Alice (2) Geiger stole the show as they accompanied their Grandmother Joanne Liba and Mother Julianne Geiger on the runway.
 
Fundraisers
The Bloomin’ Buddies Chairperson, Linda McLaughlin, said altogether, the Tea and Show made a little over $2,000.  She commented on the generosity of those donating the 20 door prizes so willingly. 
“Our goal is to make up to $5,000 on fundraising (per year).  If we continue to do that, it does more than pay for flowers. There are beautification projects too—like the entranceway project. Little comes out of tax dollars because it (mostly) comes out of fundraising.”
Two more fundraisers are scheduled—the very popular Garden Tour is coming up on July 14.  
“This year, we are hoping to get a sponsor for a bus with bathrooms!” said McLaughlin.  “We will be providing breakfast and lunch. There are a limited number of $25 tickets, so please book early.” Call Linda at 780-848-2916.
She adds, “I see us continuing on with the Winter Tour because we all believe it’s worth it!” 
Because of the success of this year’s Tea and Fashion Show, Bloomin’ Buddies is seriously considering doing it again next year.  
 
CIB or Bloomin’ Buddies?
What happened to Communities in Bloom? McLaughlin says because Warburg is a small community, they took a break from the judging for three years. “But then we had to have a new project to move ahead.  The Committee discussed it and felt we did not want to be under the stress of always having to have something new…. We decided we still want to do beautification—flowers and other projects in the future, but at our own pace.  You don’t want your volunteers burning out—if you stop having fun, people lose interest.  We do have a lot of fun and want to keep having fun.”
In the days leading up to the first weekend in June, 48 hanging baskets and 100 barrels will be planted by Bloomin’ Buddies with help from the growers, Warburg Colony. By using petunias rather than multiple varieties of flowers, and by recycling the soil-less mix, costs are kept to a minimum.
 
Blurred Lines
Sometimes, lines are blurred because so many who serve on the Bloomin’ Buddies Committee also serve on the Warburg Cultural Centre Committee. 
Carol Rempel addressed ongoing fundraising efforts for the Cultural Centre. 
“The Elks donated $1,500 designated for the kitchen,” said Rempel. “We definitely have to get our kitchen approved. There are hardly enough electrical outlets. We need to fundraise!”
So, at the Canada Day celebrations on June 23, there will be beef-on-a-bun and sundaes.  “It’s awesome! The elderly can come to sit and relax.” 
Rempel also noted the Cultural Society has been granted approval to fundraise at the casino in Camrose this fall. 
And, they have been approved for the next Spirit grant for $13,951.70.
Good things are growing in Warburg!
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