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Fashion show is a first for Downtown Business Council

April 13, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Barbara Johncour of Chambersburg was a quick-change artist Tuesday afternoon, modeling six outfits in the Chambersburg Downtown Business Council's first fashion show.

All the clothes Johncour wore were from Eclectic, a vintage clothing store in downtown Chambersburg.

"The clothes from Eclectic are fun," she said between shows. "They're from back when clothes were clothes."

The Fashion First fashion show was designed to showcase local merchants and to raise money for the Capitol Theatre.

The sold-out event held two shows in the Wood Center Stage Theatre at the Capitol Theatre - an afternoon tea and an evening buffet of hors d'oeuvres, each for 80 people.

All the fashions came from downtown merchants and were modeled by local people, who walked onto the runway under a blue and yellow swag entwined with ivy.

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"The merchants work tirelessly every day to keep Chambersburg the place you call home," said Linda Boeckman, manager of the theater. Boeckman and her two children, Sarah, 15 months, and Nathanial, 3, modeled in the show.

Orrstown, Pa., resident Lisa Rotz said her favorite outfit of the three she modeled was a knee-length dress in the "Summer Night on the Town" segment of the show. The retro, 1970s-type outfit was a "fun print," Rotz said, and had spaghetti straps, an empire waist and a lime green bow.

"It was a thrill and an honor," to model in the show, she said. "I would absolutely do it again."

Other fashions from Eclectic were a contour black jersey dress trimmed with mink and worn with a diamond necklace, and a satin gown accented with beads and seed pearls.

Many of the models wore one-of-a-kind beaded or blown-glass jewelry from The Thomas June Artisan Gallery.

Robert Zullinger of Chambersburg modeled four outfits in the show, including his-and-her leather jackets with his wife, Linda. Robert Zullinger said the event was his first time to model clothing, "and probably my last."

Samantha Strickler modeled a first Communion dress complete with headpiece from Peek-A-Boo Shoppe.

Katie and Maggie Patterson, 3-year-old twins accompanied by their mother, Karen Patterson of Chambersburg, had only one question after the show: "Can I get my teddy bear?"

"They have their teddy bears behind the curtain," Karen Patterson explained. "They've been practicing walking and spinning."

Evelyn Guilden of Printaway announced the show.

Becky Ernst and her granddaughter, Liza, modeled some casual fashions.

"It's so nice to have nice clothing stores for ladies downtown," Becky Ernst said.

"There are different things to choose from."

Ernst, who owns and operates Main Street Deli, also catered the event.

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