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April 5, 2011 > An elegant afternoon

An elegant afternoon

By ElenaMartina

The Third Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea will present incredible fashions and high tea in one unique and elegant celebration. This year, beaded gowns from the 20th Century take center stage in the ballroom of the Historic Ygnacio Peralta House, built in 1860 and the last surviving brick Victorian home in San Leandro.

The San Leandro Library and Alta Mira Club are hosting this delightful occasion that offers a spread of assorted sandwiches such as cucumber, salmon, crab, shrimp, and egg salad, along with orange pekoe tea, coffee and desserts, as well as homemade cookies.

Deborah Rush, a "fashionista" in California and Nevada for the last 20 years, will use models from the Key Club International of San Leandro High School to present rare and beautiful dresses from her private collection. Ms. Rush's collection of elegant vintage beaded gowns spans over 200 years and consists of over 500 outfits with a museum quality look.

The show will include piano music and historic commentaries from Shirley Burgett, a writer, author, and fashion history lecturer. She is currently the local history editor for Gentry Magazine. A home tour will also be offered.

According to San Leandro librarian Mary Lee Barr, all attendees should come wearing their best church attire as if celebrating Easter, and if anyone does not own a fancy hat, one will be provided at the entrance.

Seating is limited, so please be sure to purchase your ticket soon. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased with check or cash at the Information Desk at San Leandro Main Library, located at 300 Estudillo Avenue, or by calling (510) 351-4164. For more information contact Mary Lee Barr at (510) 577-3986 or

Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
Saturday, April 9
12:30 p.m.
Alta Mira Club House
561 Lafayette Ave., San Leandro
(510) 577-3986
Tickets: $25

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