The Gov. Warner Mansion’s annual spring fundraiser fashion show is back May 12 and bigger than ever, with an expanded venue at the Glen Oaks Country Club in Farmington Hills.
“Springtime Spectacular” benefits the Governor Warner Mansion. The event began in 2009 on the front steps of the city-owned historic house museum in Farmington, then quickly took off and gained an indoor venue at the Hunt Club on Farmington Road. Last year, the room was filled to capacity.
“We pretty much outgrew our space,” said Jean Schornick, who co-chairs the event. “We sold out several weeks ahead of time, and still had people looking to buy tickets.”
Moving to Glen Oaks fit the bill. “We were looking for a larger venue, but still wanted to stay in the greater Farmington area,” said Schornick. “And we had to maintain the elegant feel.” The new venue, at 30500 W. 13 Mile Rd., has seating for 150, plus a real runway for the models.
Doors will open at 10:45 a.m. giving guests a chance to browse the boutique shopping prior to the start of the program. Fused glass jewelry by Creative Designs by Carrie, one-of-a-kind chainmaille accessories by Ornamaloo, and artisan edibles by Kelly’s Cucina will be available for perusal and purchase, along with selections from The Clothing Cove of Milford, the show’s featured boutique. Local businesses will also be among the vendors, including Mother Mary’s Toffee, The Cheese Lady, and Cromwell Chiropractic.
The program will begin at 11:45 a.m. with a pre-show, followed by lunch and the fashion show. Outfits, modeled by ladies from the greater Farmington community, will be “casual right through to the very dressy,” said event co-chair Mary-Jeanne Shore. “We’ll start in the spring and transition all the way into summer.”
For the Warner Mansion museum, the fashion show is the largest fundraiser of the year. “It’s the first big event we have after a long winter of being closed,” said Schornick. “It’s a chance for the ladies to dress in their new hats and pretty outfits, mingle with friends, do a bit of shopping, win some prizes, and see what people will be wearing this season.”
Tickets are $45, available in advance only through May 2. For reservations, call Farmington City Hall at 248-474-5500, ext. 2225. Additional details are available at facebook.com/governor.mansion.