By: Kiana Wilburg
“Only a Rose,” which was the title of the piece designed by Miss Sheila King, stole the hearts of the patrons who gathered at the Promenade Gardens, Middle Street yesterday to participate in the Annual Hat Show Competition and Garden Party.
It is one of the country’s largest competitions and for the past 28 years, it has been deemed the occasion where citizens display their ability to fuse creativity and elegance into a hat.
Yesterday, the show was very well attended and male participants, who are usually scarce at this event, came out to show their support.
The Promenade Gardens was transformed into a classy setting with hats of all descriptions and complemented by tasty home-made pastries, cakes and delicious tea.
The ambience was further enhanced by music of the Guyana Police Force Band. After examining book sales and savouring homemade pastries and English brewed tea, it was finally time for the winners of the various categories; elegant, topical and original to be announced.
Jessica Naraine with her Bunny Rabbits Extravaganza Hat won two trophies in the Children’s Elegant and Topical Categories.
A team from Caribbean Chemicals walked away with the lion’s share of the prizes in the categories of Elegant and Topical in the Adult segment of the Competition Category. The awards for Original Hat in the Adult segment were dominated by Sheila King and Cicely Harding.
At age 93, Harding said that she has been participating in the Hat Show for the past five years. “Oh I love the hat show. I look forward to it every year.
This year I made my hat way before the competition. And guess what? My original piece for next year will probably be a dedication to the elderly and all the things we can do.
“Now I am going to go home and tell my friends and family about my second place win. I am coming for first place next year.”
King with her piece, “Only a Rose,” coveted the first place title for the Original category with ease, and needless to say with much grace.
The 91-year-old said, “Well I made this piece all by myself. At this age it took me a little while but I got it done. I have been participating for the past 20 years and I am so happy about it. This show reminds us women that we still have that grace to showcase from head to toe.
“It’s a thing of beauty to see the young girls and their moms out here, with the hats they made together. It’s a special kind of show which celebrates the love for craft in a competitive way.”
The Annual Hat Show and Garden Party is the signature event of the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown (IWCG). Members of the Inner Wheel Club include Mitzy Campbell, Margaret Gittens, Barbara Walrond and Jennifer Lewis.
The Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown, chartered on March 16, 1985, recently celebrated 29 years of service and still has active members, like Charter President Maylene Davis, who has been serving from the inception.
Several local companies have also been faithful contributors towards supporting the initiative of the organization. These include GT&T; National Commission on Disability and Cynthia Massay of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, Scotiabank, Ansa McAl, Farfan & Mendes Ltd./Mines Services Ltd., Gafoors, NT Computec, and others.
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