Hats off for restoration

<p>During her presentation at the Topping It Off Tea fundraiser held at First Presbyterian Church, LaRee Johnson is wearing a 1920s pink straw cloche and showing a pink feathered hat worn by past mayor of Seaside Joyce Williams, both from her personal collection.</p>

Volunteers provided the food for “Topping It Off Tea,” a hat-focused event held May 17 at the First Presbyterian Church to raise funds for the restoration of the historic church.

A packed audience, wearing hats, listened to a program by LaRee Johnson, local author of “Ladies’ Vintage Accessories,” which was all about the history, care, documentation and provenance of hats. The presentation also included a display from Johnson’s private collection, highlighting a hat from the Beehive, an old Astoria downtown store, and a 1940’s cloche given to her by Joyce Williams, former mayor of Seaside.

The door prize, a vintage hat, was won by Janet Kemp.

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