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Bridal gowns through the ages highlighted at Saturday fundraising show

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MASSENA - Bridal gowns throughout the ages will be highlighted on Saturday as the Massena Public Library and Massena Museum collaborate on a fundraising show that will be staged during one of the most popular months for weddings.

The “Here Comes the Bride - Bridal Gowns Through the Ages Wedding Tea” will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the Massena Elks Lodge, 20 Bowers St. Tickets, which are $10 per adult and $5 per child, are available at the library, museum and at the door.

Museum Archivist Linda McDonald approached library Director Elaine Dunne-Thayer with the proposal for the fundraiser. Ms. McDonald is also a member of the library’s Board of Directors.

“It’s a take-off of a display at the library,” Ms. McDonald said.

“It worked from an exhibit to an approach,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

The event will be like a wedding reception itself, with cake, old-fashioned punch, tea, coffee and finger foods provided by the Elks, Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

“They (the Elks) are set up for wedding receptions,” she said.

But the highlight of the afternoon will be a fashion show featuring vintage wedding dresses throughout the ages from the museum’s collection - dresses from the turn of the century to the present day, some from shops and others donated.

“We have a lot of dresses. We have quite a few from Pratt’s Bridal,” as well as newer wedding dresses from Lasting Memories in downtown Massena, Ms. McDonald said.

“I can’t believe the unlimited amount of dresses we have. They have such an extensive collection,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said, noting they have about 15 or 20 that will be modeled during the show. “Hopefully we have a dress for every era.”

The bridal gowns will be modeled by local high school and college-age teens.

“We brought different models over. The girls are having a great time trying dresses on and picking out the dresses they want. None of them are going to need any adjustment,” she said. “It’s nice to get the younger community interested.”

“Some of them are wearing two (dresses),” Ms. McDonald said.

As the dresses are modeled, Ms. Dunne-Thayer will give a narrated history of each gown, as well as other information.

“I’ll talk about what was going on in Massena during that time frame,” she said.

The afternoon will include a series of raffles. Among them, local flower shops are providing center pieces and bouquets that will be later be raffled off, according to Ms. Dunne-Thayer and Ms. McDonald.

Both women said it’s a good opportunity for the library and museum to team up for a fundraising event.

“It’s our first attempt at something like this. It’s nice that the museum and library can work together. It will be a nice event for women in Massena. They may see their own wedding dress. If it’s a dress from someone, we’ll mention that,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

For more information, contact the library at 769-9914 or the museum at 769-8571.

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