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Roaring Twenties theme gets revelers into their 'Downton' duds

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

“It's all about the 1920s now, between ‘Gatsby' and ‘Boardwalk Empire' and ‘Downton Abbey',” said Child Health Association of Sewickley board prexy Elisa DiTommaso. “Besides, this is our 90th anniversary. We're going back to our roots.”

It was hard to find anyone in this crowd of 150-plus that wasn't embracing the idea of going back in time during the CHA-CHA Club Speakeasy at the Edgeworth Club, opting out of the requisite formalwear for ensembles that epitomized the Roaring Twenties.

“I actually ordered one online, but when it came, it was an ‘Avatar' costume and I was in a panic,” said Connie Wendzicki, who credited Costume World in the Strip District for the save.

Even the gents weren't immune from a desire to up the ante, although some were apparently exploring the idea of keeping various elements of their costumes intact.

“I'm gonna wear them forever now,” said Julian Taylor (with Gina) of his spats. “How often do we get to wear this?”

Eschewing the standard soundtrack for a more authentic ambiance, Mike Koehler was manning an authentic Victrola that played records no more current than those released in 1926, which seemed to be striking the right chord with everyone.

Also striking quite the chord was a silent-auction offering of epic proportions — a $2K Bar in a Barrel, enough for just about anyone to survive the holidays.

Among the crowd were Bev and Larry Zamer, Kaisa Hall, Peggy and Philip Bowles, Lee and Merri Corbett, John and Nancy Bunce, Ruth and Ivan Hofmann, Tammy and Mark Kerr, Maria and Fred Raymond, Joni and Tom Kristo, Kristen Stephen and David Saint-Jacques, Robyn and Doug Jones, Tom and Amber Ray, and Oliver and Erika Zeranski.




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