Packed house for fourth tea, roaring twenties fashion show

Linda Trest

The Gerald Historical Society presented a tea and roaring twenties fashion show Saturday at the Gerald Lions Hall. 

More than 90 people reserved a spot for the event and there were only a couple of empty chairs in the hall. 

Servers, in 1920’s costume, waited on the guests serving finger foods and tea or coffee. There were several in period costumes throughout the crowd and many more wearing fancy hats. All came ready to enjoy another vintage fashion show featuring the clothing from Lavada Schulte’s extensive collection. Models were recruited mostly from Schulte’s large family and those of other of the society’s members. 

As always, there were tables loaded with display items including fashion accessories and other memorabilia from the from the 1920’s. 

During an intermission, members of the audience were invited to join a Charleston dance group. 

This is the fourth tea presented by the historical group and the largest crowd in attendance. Many more men and children were present Saturday than at those in the past. 

Funds raised from the tea and fashion show will go to the continued efforts of renovating the historical school house in Gerald. 

The building served as Gerald’s only school from 1910 to 1951 when the current school building was built. 

The old school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. 

More photographs of the fashion show will be printed in The Republican in the coming weeks.