Elegantly entertained

A Jeweled Affair offers a new twist on fashion shows

The models will walk the runway.

The participants will dine on elegant luncheon fare.

The prizes will have each ticket holder holding her breath.

But everyone’s eyes at the benefit luncheon for Relay for Life will not be on the clothes the models are wearing. This fashion show on Saturday, Aug. 8, has a different twist.

Keep your eyes on the gloved hands as they flaunt their rings and bracelets and strut their stuff with the latest in necklaces and ear rings.

“A Jeweled Affair” is a fashion show for jewelry and accessories. Approximately 20 artists, shop owners and home-party merchants will chose their best pieces for the models to wear at the show. They will have booths featuring the modeled pieces and more of their jewelry and accessories. The booths are open to shoppers before and after the show and luncheon.

First Fruits is providing the elegant lunch, and each vendor is donating an item to use as door prizes.

The jewelry and accessories in the unique fashion show will be showcased by cancer survivors as the models.

Many of the vendors are artists and master craftsmen, so some of the jewelry on display and for sale are one-of-a-kind pieces. Some of the artist vendors will also take custom orders from those wanting a more unique piece of jewelry. In addition to the artists, representatives from the popular Premier Jewelry and Silpada lines will also have booths, as will fine jewelry store Bristol & Bragg and accessories and home store Dandy Lions.

The elegant luncheon promises to be an exciting and unusual event, according to committee members, with proceeds going to help the Blount County Relay for Life surpass its 2009 goal.

Vendors to date include Karen Dwyer, Tom and Pat England, Patricia Hollenbeck, Karen Plum, Ginger Pope, Ruth Harper, Ann Lacava, Suzanne Stratton, Nancy McBrearty, Alane Wyss, Brett Garrett, Mary Lou King, Charlotte French, JoAnne Hasty, Bristol & Bragg and Dandy Lions.

Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at Blount Today, First National Bank, Dandy Lions, Boyd Thomas, or by calling any of the committee members, including Marion Westerling at 865-584-1669, Joy Bishop, Carolyn Forster, Sherri Gardner Howell or Linda Whitehead.

There are tables of 8 available for a $320 donation to the Blount County Relay for Life. For sponsorship and/or table reservations, call Marion Westerling (865-584-1669).

The show opens for pre-sale at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon and jewelry fashion show at noon. There will also be time for shopping after the luncheon and show.

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