Vintage fashion show gives funds to local playgrounds


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TREMONT - Vintage clothing was on display Sunday for the "Somewhere in Time II" fashion show and tea event at the Clay Street auditorium.

Twenty models showed off clothing from different eras and included dresses, wedding gowns and military, sports and band uniforms.

The Tremont Community Organization sponsored the event. It is the second vintage fashion show hosted by the nonprofit organization since the first in 2009.

"The purpose is to raise funds for community projects," Charlie Huntzinger, president of the TCO, said Sunday.

Huntzinger said funds raised at the event will be used to support the local playgrounds, Tremont Free Public Library and other events like the community Easter Egg hunt.

"We're not a wealthy organization but we are very active in trying to fund the needs in the community," Huntzinger said.

The idea of a fashion show was suggested by organization members who have seen the success of other ones in the area, he said.

"It's a good fundraiser, but it's also fun to prepare for," Huntzinger said. "The people who attend really enjoy it."

Many of the items were those club members had kept in their attics or that have been passed down through the family, Huntzinger said. The Tremont Area Historical Society also donated a few items, such as military, baseball and band uniforms.

"There's a lot of interest because there is a lot of history in these items," Cheryl Mack, organization secretary, said.

One of the items on display was the uniform of Leslie Harner, the music teacher and band director of the former Tremont High School, which is now the Clay Street auditorium. The uniform belongs to the Tremont Area Historical Society.

"For those of you who ever attended Tremont High School, you will be familiar with the name Leslie Harner," Mack said. "Mr. Harner was the instrumental music teacher and band director for Tremont High School from 1933 until the school closed in the summer of 1966. In fact, he was the only band director for the Tremont schools as the school board hired him in 1933 to teach music and organize a band."

Harner's great-great nephew, Michael Kohr, wore the uniform Sunday.

The final item on display Sunday was the dress worn by Hilda Henry when she married Leslie Harner on Oct. 22, 1933 in Ithaca, N.Y., Mack said.

Daryl Williams wore the wedding dress Sunday.

For more information about the TCO, visit www.tremontborough.com.

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