Along with the fashions, wonderful stories about these women will be shared with guests. Parties, weddings and “fun-raisers” were always an important part of island life.
Dottie Price Wakefield and Elnora Walker Gavin are just two of the women to be featured at the event.
Elnora Walker Gavin was born in Georgia in 1921, and moved to Sanibel with her parents and six siblings in 1926. In 1935, she married Edmond Gavin, and spent the next few decades raising 18 children. In 1985, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Her children and grandchildren have remained an integral part of the islands.
Dottie Price Wakefield was born in 1927 and grew up on Captiva, where her parents, Grace and Bowman Price, owned ‘Tween Waters Inn. When she attended school on Sanibel, there were six grades, two outhouses and one teacher. She met her husband Johnnie, a member of the United States Air Force, while he was stationed on the island. He ran the air-to-ground target range on Bowman’s Beach. The couple had an island wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn in 1943, and many of their guests arrived by Air Force crash boats.
The vintage fashions for this show will be courtesy of The Curiosity Shop in Fort Myers.
Call the Sanibel Community House at 239-472-2155 to make luncheon reservations. Tickets for the fashion show and luncheon are $35 for SCA members and $40 for non-members. Admission to the show only is $20. Doors open at 11:30 a.m..
Thanks to Jeri Magg at the Island Sun for the info!