WEEKEND: Doll club members to dress the part for antebellum-themed show
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Barbara Lott of Port Angeles displays the grand-prize doll that will be awarded by drawing at this weekend’s “Promise of Spring” doll show at Vern Burton Community Center in Port Angeles.

By Leah Leach
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A couple portraying Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara of Gone with the Wind will sweep through the Vern Burton Community Center, where vendors and organizers will be in an antebellum mood during the Just Dolls of Washington annual doll show Saturday.

Everything from antique to modern dolls and teddy bears will be on display during the show “Promise of Spring,” which opens at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. at the community center at 308 E. Fourth St.

Admission is $2.

A donation of a canned food item for the Port Angeles Food Bank will earn a free door prize ticket.

Grand-prize raffle tickets also are available for $1.

Plantation Belles

Between 200 and 400 people usually attend the annual show, which is the doll club's 17th, said Dori Beachler, president of the club.

The theme for the show is Plantation Belles, and at least eight doll club members and a couple of the nearly 40 vendors will dress the part, Beachler said.

That's in addition to the portrayal of Rhett and Scarlett by Kevin and Ta ma'ra Elliott, the owners of Elliott's Antiques in Port Angeles.

“Rhett and Scarlett are going to be strolling around talking to people” during the entire show, Beachler said.

A display table will carry out the plantation theme, said Barbara Lott, one of the organizers, who plans to be in costume.

“People really enjoy the wide variety of vendors and the creativity of the show.”

Vendors at show

As of Wednesday, 37 vendors had signed up and more had approached Beachler, she said.

“So we're nearing our all-time high” of 40 vendors, she said.

Vendors will offer all kinds of dolls and bears as well as doll furniture and handmade clothes, including garb for American Girl Dolls.

“It's an eclectic mix,” Beachler said.

Dolls for sale will range from antique to modern, from cloth to porcelain, Beachler said.

Some vendors make their own dolls.

Antique dolls — from 100 to 200 years old — will be available from miniatures to 30-inch fashion dolls made in France and Germany, as well as reproductions of antiques, she said.

Baby dolls also will be available, and antique and modern bears, including Steiff bears, will be on sale, Beachler said.

Grand-prize 'Marie Grace'

The show's plantation theme may have been inspired by the grand prize, an American Girl Doll, “Marie Grace.”

Marie Grace, part of the American Girl's historical series, is an 18-inch doll dressed as a New Orleans girl from 1853.

She comes with a trousseau of handmade clothing, accessories, a horse and dog, and a rolling suitcase.

Proceeds from the drawing will be donated to First Step Family Support Center.

Numerous door prize drawings for dolls, bears and accessories, offered by the club and vendors, will be held throughout the day.

While their parents wander around the show, children can make crafts at a special table.

Music will be provided by members of the Port Angeles High School band at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

A lunch of soup and a sandwich will be offered for $3.

For more information, phone Beachler at 360-683-1006 or email dorimusic@yahoo.com.

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Managing Editor/News Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3531 or at leah.leach@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: January 31. 2013 6:00PM
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