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Out & About: Hat luncheon guests parade their fanciest chapeaus

Shirley McMarlin
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From left: Wendy Anton, Michele Bononi, June Anton and Eric Smith gather for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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Jill Briercheck of Greensburg poses for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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Danielle Spear (left) and Phyllis Kluska, both of Greensburg, pose for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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From left: Wendy Gibbs, Helen Marshall, Jan Taylor-Condo and Joyce Candi Grove, all of Greensburg, gather for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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Tom Kohut (left) and Paul Nickoloff pose for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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From left: Mary Ann DeAngelo, Lisa Cannon, Vickie Fry and Bonnie Pinskey, all of Greensburg, gather for a photo JUne 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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From left: Michele Franklin of Greensburg, Roxie Fontanesi of Greensburg, Joan Stairs of Acme and Jo Ellen Numerick of Greensburg gather for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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From left: Susan Endersbe of Latrobe, Sheila Burdin of Irwin and Joann Eberhardt of Greensburg gather for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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Ramona Coppage (back) and members of the Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra (from left) Ruby Jones, 8, Colter Jones, 11, and Jackson Jones, 14, provide musical entertainment June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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Linda Assard (left) and Pam Kroh pose for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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From left: Jo Ann Lightcap, Sheila Caramella and Linda Assard gather for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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From left: Karen Kohut, event co-chair, Endy Reindl, executive director of the WSO, and Diane Nickoloff, event co-chair, gather for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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Tiffany Schmoyer (left) of North Huntingdon and Elizabeth Kohut of Pittsburgh pose for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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Daniel Longaker (left) of San Francisco and Alex Kohut of North Huntingdon serve champagne and mimosas June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.
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Daniel Meyer (left), artistic director of the WSO, and his wife, Mary Persin, pose for a photo June 8 during the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Hat Luncheon at the Greensburg Country Club.

Although hats are not the essential fashion accessory they once were, they still have their fans.

Some of those fans, not surprisingly, were in attendance at the 18th annual Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Hat Luncheon, held June 8 at Greensburg Country Club.

Jill Briercheck says friends call her “the hat lady,” so it’s obvious where she stands.

Tommi Kornecke wears hats “all the time,” and Marianne Merlino says she’s always in a ball cap while working around the house.

Others reserve hat-wearing for a few special occasions in addition to the hat luncheon.

For Jan Taylor-Condo, that day is Easter. For Cindy Strayer, it’s the Westmoreland Croquet Club tournament. And it’s not Kentucky Derby day for Linda Brown and Joann Eberhardt without a hat.

Linda Assard will don a hat for church or an especially cold winter day. Debbie Reese wears a visor for golf.

Susan Antoniono and Barbara Christner say no to the chapeau, as does Sharon Smith, with one qualification: “But I do wear the academic cap.”

Still, half the fun of the hat luncheon is seeing the colorful and creative headgear on the guests, who also enjoyed bidding for auction and raffle items and dining on raspberry salad, a bone-in chicken entree and chocolate-berry dessert.

WSO assistant principal violinist Ramona Coppage and youth symphony members provided musical selections.

Event co-chairs were Karen Kohut and Diane Nickoloff.

Committee members included Assard, Briercheck and Taylor-Condo, along with Janie Belden, Sheila Caramella, Mary Ann Fusco, Phyllis Kluska, Jo Ann Lightcap, Jo Ellen Numerick, June Penta, Sharyn Sekora, Joan Stairs and Kaaren Tintori.

Seen from the symphony: artistic director Daniel Meyer and wife Mary Persin, executive director Endy Reindl and marketing manager Joy Carroll.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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