NEWINGTON - Clothing from many eras and boutiques of bygone times will be the star of an upcoming event Oct. 3.
Newington Rotary Club is partnering with Vintage at Strandz to host a Vintage Fashion Show at Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf St., from 6-9 p.m. An elegant, light supper will be served by caterer Café Louise and there will be live entertainment and a cash bar. Tickets are $25 per person.
The event is a fundraiser for the Stop the Traffik Project, which supports local efforts to combat human trafficking and aid victims. Rotary President Dave Tedeschi is working side by side with Santina Bennett to plan the fashion show. A native of Sicily and a stylist at Strandz Salon on Market Square in Newington, Bennett also happens to be a connoisseur of vintage clothing and accessories.
Women of all ages have volunteered to model her collection, delicately stored in Vintage at Strandz, below the salon.
Tedeschi’s 14-year-old granddaughter Lena Uccello will be one of the models.
“She’s very community-minded,” Tedeschi said.
Lena will be the youngest of about 10 models, representing a wide range of ages.
“Vintage means you are wearing a piece of history,” Bennett says. “I’m a caretaker of things.”
She’s happy to partner with Tedeschi to help support the project. Since it was launched last year, the Stop the Traffik Committee has worked with local police, social services and non-profit organizations to raise awareness about the issue of trafficking locally and provide direct assistance to survivors of “the life.”
“We live in Newington, New Britain, Berlin. ... This is what is happening here,” Bennett pointed out. “If we can save one person’s life it’s worth it.”
When Bennett’s family came to America, her mother got a job as a dressmaker and her passion for fashion blossomed. She’s collected hundreds of pieces from the Twenties, Thirties, Forties, Fifties and Sixties, with some dating back to the early 1800s. Her collection of vintage hats is also extensive.
Fashion show attendees are encouraged to dress “vintage” and will also be able to “rent” a hat from Bennett for the evening for $5. Money collected will be donated to Stop the Traffik, along with 30 percent of any clothing sales Bennett makes that evening.
“I’m happy to help,” she added. “We are really going to entertain people.”
Her personal friend Enzo Boscarino, a language professor at Central Connecticut State University, will be providing the evening’s musical entertainment.
“He is going to play guitar and sing in Italian,” Bennett said.
Table centerpieces will be vintage vases from her shop. Organizers are still looking for someone to donate flowers to fill the vases.
For tickets or more information contact Dave Tedeschi at email@example.com.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.