Farmington’s one and only parasol drill team, the Governor Warner Mansion “Warnerettes,” is ready to recruit new members and start practicing their struts for the 2016 Farmington Founders Festival Parade, slated July 16.
This year marks the group’s eight appearance; they represent Farmington’s own Governor Fred Warner and his commitment to helping women gain the right to vote in the early 1900s. The group also performs at other area events, including the Northville Victorian Parade in September and Farmington’s “Light Up the Grand” holiday parade in December.
Last year, 28 Warnerettes participated, along with re-enactors representing the governor and First Lady Martha Warner waving from a vintage Model T to round out the entourage.
“The routines aren’t hard,” says head Warnerette Sheila Sigro. “All you need to know is how to count to eight, walk to a beat, and open and close an umbrella.”
Rehearsals consist of simple parasol routines, practiced on the grounds of the historic Governor Warner Mansion museum. No special skills are required, and all women ages 13 and older are welcome.
Anyone interested may attend the group’s first meeting, held May 2, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.,at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave. For more information, call Sharon Bernath, 248-474-3262 or follow the Warnerettes on Facebook, facebook.com/warnerettes.