Museum Hosts Vintage Fashion Show

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RAHWAY—The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association has announced that they will be hosting a new fundraising benefit “Retro Chic: A Vintage Fashion Show”, Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Luciano’s Ristorante in Rahway.

The vintage fashions will be provided by The Gilded Lillie of Rahway, a prominent antique auction house in New Jersey, and all clothes, jewelry and accessories modeled and on display will be for sale. The proceeds of this event will go to benefit the circa 1795 stagecoach tavern exterior restoration fundraising efforts. Tickets for the show and dinner are $35; reservations are required.

Mary Ellen Carpenter, committee chairperson said, “This is a new and exciting venture for the museum that we hope will become an annual event. We want to make the show entertaining and fun while raising the needed funds for the restoration. Our partner, The Gilded Lillie, has a huge and varied collection of stylish and fabulous vintage clothing and jewelry that is now very much in vogue and span the decades from the 30s to the 90s. Most women love to ‘dress up’ and what better way to indulge that passion than to find wonderful designer fashions from another era.”

Carpenter also noted that Luciano’s Ristorante was chosen because for their statewide reputation of fine dining as well as providing an appropriately stylish ambiance for the elegant 20th century fashions. She concluded, “We’re happy to say that other local businesses have stepped up to support this exciting event, including RSI Bank of Rahway, a long time museum benefactor and now an event sponsor.”

“Retro Chic: A Vintage Fashion Show” is open to the public and will include a “Tricky Tray” of donated and interesting gift baskets. The museum is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. If local businesses or individuals would like to advertise in the event program or donate items for a gift basket, they may contact Carpenter at 1-732-574-0513.

The price of the ticket includes the show and a choice of delicious dinner entrees along with a salad and dessert. Additional fashions and accessories not shown by models will also be available for sale at the event. To learn more or to purchase tickets, call the museum at 1-732-381-0441.

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