In my Easter Bonnet…
…I’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade.
On Thursday, April 10 the Inverness Garden club helped our ladies (and gentlemen) create beautiful Easter bonnets. Tables lined with spring flowers, birds, beads and glitter, filled our craft room as the artists went to work creating their unique designs.
Easter Bonnets can be traced back to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. After the Civil War, women and children began marching in Easter Parades replacing the Lenten dark-colored smocks with brighter clothing. Early in the twentieth century, fresh flowers were gathered to wear in hairstyles and bonnets. The popularity of the Easter Bonnet soared in 1948 when Judy Garland crooned to Fred Astaire in Irving Berlin’s film: “Easter Parade”. On Easter Sunday for the past 130 years, the streets of Manhattan are filled with thousands of women wearing their flowery bonnets as part of the annual Easter Parade in New York.
Although our hats were intended to hang on the doors of our Residents’ rooms as welcoming decorations, most of our crafters couldn’t resist trying on their beautiful, whimsical creations.
As we prepare to rejoice with the Risen Jesus and His Easter promise of renewed life, our lovingly designed bonnets will be featured in our own Easter Parade that will take place on the doors lining the hallways of our Home.