‘All About Unique Women’ salutes 1940s spirit | TheUnion.com

‘All About Unique Women’ salutes 1940s spirit

From left: "Eleanor Roosevelt" Sharon O'Hara, "Red Cross Nurse" Janine Martin, and "US Navy WAVE" Cece Royal will be among the models for the All About Unique Women 1940s fashion show. at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building in preparation for this weekend's 1940s event at North Star House.
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Join First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, favorite Pin-up Girl Betty Grable, Rosie the Riveter and other remarkable women of the 1940s at “All About Unique Women – the Fateful ‘40s” on Sunday, Oct. 11.

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at The North Star House, 12075 Old Auburn Road, Grass Valley.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. They can be purchased at The Book Seller, SPD Nevada City, Briar Patch, via PayPal on the branch website: http://www.nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net/ or by sending a check to AAUW-NC event, P.O. Box 326, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Americal Association of University Women Nevada County Branch’s scholarship programs.

This year’s event recognizes the “home half of the greatest generation” with a vintage fashion show, interactive displays and more.

“The event is almost a history lesson, showing the changing roles of women,” explains the show’s producer Cherie Oliver of Yesteryear Sierra. “We’re representing leading figures from that time, dressed in authentic vintage clothing like they might have worn.”

The spotlight will be on Nevada County women who made a difference in the ‘40s, as well as those who gained national and international prominence for their can-do spirit and efforts.

Attendees will discover Pat Harvey who worked on the Manhattan Project, Grass Valley native Lorraine Keast who led the Red Cross program for sewing bandages for servicemenand Bernice Glasson Keegan who founded the county’s Visiting Nurse Service.

Music will include big band music and swing dancing by Russ and Jeanette Osman-Bravard of Jitterbugs, Inc. and local songbird Lyra Dominguez, who will perform songs made popular by Judy Garland.

Topping off the show, a group sing-along of “God Bless America” will add a salute to WW II WACs Bernie Bachli, 93, and Lou Lemon, 94, of Nevada County.

In addition to a fashion show and entertainment, the afternoon event will feature period vehicles and cultural displays as well as a silent auction.

Admission includes tastings of award-winning Chacewater wines will be served. Appetizers and desserts will be available for purchase from Harmony Market.

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