‘Hats off to Spring’ tomorrow in Vevay!

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“Hat’s Off to Spring” returns as the theme for April’s First Friday begin held tomorrow (Friday, April 5th).

This always popular event showcases millinery finery worn by the most fashionable on the streets of Vevay.

A competition will be held to determine the most stylish chapeau in each of the following categories: vintage, men’s children’s, creative, historical and Swiss-inspired – a new category for the bicentennial.

In the spirit of celebrating the 2013 Vevay-Switzerland County’s Bicentennial, Vevay Main Street has selected First Friday themes have been chosen to commemorate events from Vevay’s past and the county’s Swiss heritage.

Attendees are asked to stop by the Hoosier Theater between 6-7:30 p.m. The hat contest is sponsored by Vevay Main Street and judged by ‘Red Hot Hatters’. Winners will be announced that night.

Traditionally, Swiss women wore gold caps or beribboned straw hats that could range from simple to ornate depending on the occasion. The hats might be embellished with beads in bright colors, embroidery along the edges, or artificial fruit.

A ceremonial headdress of lace resembling an open fan (a schlappe) was worn on feast days.

“Bicentennial Belles”, wearing a hat in the Swiss style, will receive bonus points for their participation.

Beginning in April, the downtown comes alive with sidewalk entertainment. “Scott Center and Friends” will play bluegrass on Ferry Street. The spirit-filled music of The Church of God will be on Main Street behind the Art Center of Switzerland County.

‘First Friday’ attendees wearing a hat are eligible to receive a ticket from open businesses that evening. Tickets deposited at the Visitors’ Center before 9 p.m. will be entered in a drawing for a pair of tickets to the 2013 ‘Flair for Wine’ (worth $120). The drawing will take place on or before Monday, May 6th.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Since 2008, Vevay Main Street has hosted a monthly ‘First Friday’ event. ‘First Friday’ features local art, free carriage rides, the company of others, businesses open until 9 p.m. and a surprise or two.

For more information regarding ‘First Friday’ activities or participation, contact Michele Thompson, Program Manager, at 427-9406.