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Ladies gather their hats and friends to help Historic New Harmony


Many women gathered at the New Harmony Inn conference center on Sunday for a special luncheon to benefit New Harmony's upcoming bicentennial celebration. 

The event comes just in time for Derby week.

Hats were a big part of Sunday's event, the annual Spring Hat Luncheon to benefit USI's Historic New Harmony Outreach Program.

"Enjoy the day in New Harmony, to get to visit with friends," said Wendy Turner-Fry, the Chairperson for Spring Hat Luncheon.

This group of friends said they've come to the annual luncheon for the past five years. 

"We enjoy it. We wouldn't work this hard if we didn't," Mary Kennard said.

Organizers said for Sunday's Hats and High Tea themed event, ladies created their own tablescapes or decorative centerpieces and wore hats to compete for prizes. 

Kennard, along with a group of friends, decorated a Kentucky Derby themed table. 

"Try to create new hats every year and then our theme, we try to follow the theme of the tablescape," Patti Dale said.  

Historic New Harmony Director Connie Weinzapfel said that event proceeds will support the town's bicentennial coming up in 2014. 

"There are all kinds of legacy projects planned, and figuring out new, exciting ways to talk about the great history of this place and the people who live here today," Weinzapfel said. 

Those we talked with are just glad to be enjoying the historic town and helping support it at the same time. 

"Visit with one another, spend time with your daughters or your mothers," Turner-Fry said. 

"New Harmony, I think, brings people together in a special way," Weinzapfel said.

Organizers said that this was the 12th year for the event.

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