Fashion show turns seniors into runway models


Models hit the scene in the activity room of Madison Glen Apartments, an Ormond Beach development for the independent living of seniors. They’ve experienced an active senior community through the happenings weekly.

“Fashion Show 2012” was on the scene recently with chairman/coordinator Thelma L. Gandy, a former Palm Coast resident.

Dressmaker details – by Mistress of Ceremonies Linda Tripler – were fashions in an array from Bealls Department Store and the Men’s Wearhouse.

Centered in front is chairman/coordinator Thelma L. Gandy with the models and other participants at Madison Glen Apartments.

The couture took on loungewear, sportswear and casual, and a finale in cruise wear and dress up. The fashions were “Sexy, Sassy and Oh, So Classy!” for entertaining from the runway for a small crowd gathering.

They gave a look at models: Frances Sneller, Julia Jameson, Merle Bogard, Diane Raymond, and Alice Walker. The other set of models were Zoraida Montero, Willie C. Smith, John Beal and Charles Shipman.

Continuous music by Isis Praderes was a gospel set of inspiration.

The show proved dramatic for drawing door prizes, awarding certificates, in addition to an ice cream/cookies social. Door prizes were provided by Regal Cinemas, other friends and Avon representative Marie Simchik.

You’ll have time to ponder plots and subject matter following the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival 2013 on Jan. 4-5 at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, 925 George Engram Boulevard, Daytona Beach.

Palm Coast occupant Donna M. Gray-Banks is the director, inking the agreement to have the book fair.

Gray-Banks will guest star the poet/author Milton McCulloch of Deltona for the opening in a “Meet and Greet.” He’s the author of “A State of Life, Man, Woman, Child.” He’s scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Artist Anthony Anderson of DeLand also will be featured.

The $20 ticket will include refreshments catered by Edward Tucker Caterers.

The $3 entry fee on the following day will star the former President Bill Clinton diarist, Janis Kearney. The author will bring her latest book, “Daisy Bates.” She’s scheduled for presentation at 10 a.m.

Stay tuned for Volusia County Court Judge Hubert L. Grimes, who’ll make his presentation at 11:30 a.m. and display his book, “How to Keep Your Child From Going to Jail.”

Pastor Riva Tims of Majestic Life Church, Orlando, author of “When It All Falls Apart,” will be highlighted in the 1 p.m. spot.

Dr. Irvin D.  S. Winsboro, author of “Old South, New South or Down South: Florida and The Modern Civil Rights Movement,” will be featured beginning 2:30 p.m.

The festival is unique in that authors can network and sell their books – in addition to corporate sponsorships’ helping to prevent literacy.

For additional information, email Gray-Banks at, or call and leave your name at 386-627-4353.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.



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