This historic gown is the wedding suit that belonged to Caroline Jones Rixon.

This historic gown is the wedding suit that belonged to Caroline Jones Rixon.

Tickets available now for historic bridal fashion show

PORT ANGELES — Tickets must be purchased in advance for the Clallam County Historical Society/North Olympic History Center’s “Celebrating 120 Years of Bridal Parties” at its annual fashion show fundraiser Saturday.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the fashion show will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Center, 903 W. Ninth St.

Ticket prices are $20 for Historical Society members and $25 for non-members. Tickets are available through the Historical Society office at 933 W. Ninth St., Port Angeles.

Light refreshments will be provided by Chestnut Cottage.

A number of raffle baskets will be available, including a silk painting donated by Karen Sistek.

The Historical Society has dozens of wedding gowns in its collection, the oldest from 1898 and the most recent from 2003. These gowns, as well as 10 others spanning the decades from the 1890s through the 2000s, will be featured.

Styles range from simple to extravagant. The gowns are fragile and will be exhibited only on dress forms.

The most historic gown is the wedding suit that belonged to Caroline Jones Rixon, pioneer at Fairholme at the west end of Lake Crescent and the namesake of Mount Carrie in the Olympic Mountains.

Caroline and Theodore Rixon — government timber cruiser, surveyor and long-time Clallam County engineer — were married in 1899; the suit was donated to the Historical Society by their granddaughter.

Exhibits will showcase both what the bride and groom wore the day of the wedding and gifts that could be found in the bride’s hope chest.

For information, call the society office at 360-452-2662 or email [email protected].

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