Sheena McCall, left, and Sara Fortune Rose in their fabulous pink hats.
Nothing says springtime like a new hat!
The folks at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum have recognized that fact and, for the fifth year in a row, have celebrated the fortunate match with a fundraiser featuring hats by beloved milliner, Patricia Frankum.
Called “Hats in Bloom,” the luncheon delights a couple of hundred ladies and gives a reward to those who pay a little extra by letting them in early to get first dibs on hundreds of fashionable and fabulous one-of-a-kind creations by Frankum. Many wear hats purchased in previous years to shop for this year’s treasure.
From Vincennes, Indiana, Frankum waited until after her family was raised to follow her passion of making hats. She learned from other milliners and started out by making custom hats for herself and her friends. Her marketing truly was word of mouth at the beginning. Now, she’s the subject of blogs and news articles.
Check out this year’s “Hats in Bloom.” And plan to join us next year!
From left, Mimi and Mollie Turner, Linda Haynes and Sandy Lucas.
Mickey Mallonee, left, and Margie Nichols Gill.
Here’s milliner Patricia Frankum, the star of the show. (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
From left, Betty Griggs, Shirley Estes, Jackie Wilson and Susan Fairbank.
Susan Farris, left, and daughter, Caroline.
Sylvia Peters, left, and Leonia Johnson.
Wanda Moody, left, and Martha McClellan.
Cheese straws helped us keep up the shopping energy. Caterer was Rex Bradford Jones.
And cream puffs filled with cream cheese and olives were helpful, too.
There truly was a hat for every head!
Even the centerpieces had hats you could buy!
Jacque Hawks, left, with Shaun Fulco and Savanna Howie, both of Moxley Carmichael. We always buy a table at this event — and are the only PR firm, ad agency or web design firm to do so.
Here are some of the Moxley Carmichael folks heading to the event. Thanks to the parking attendant at State Street Parking Garage for snapping this pic of the ladies in Shaun Fulco’s new Camaro. In front, Jessica Ray and Shaun Fulco. In rear, Amy Barger, left, and Destinee Dowdy.
Moxley Carmichael’s Destinee Dowdy, left, and Pam Rhoades. (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
Earlier, Destinee had tried her hat on her new doggie, Bentley. Destinee adopted him from Young-Williams Animal Center, a great Moxley Carmichael client. (Photo by Destinee Dowdy)
Moxley Carmichael’s Lauren Miller, left, and Maria Cornelius. (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
Moxley Carmichael’s Savanna Howie makes a selection. (Photo by Pam Rhoades)
Moxley Carmichael’s Michelle Henry, center, with Carolyn Cowan, left, and Doris Carter. (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
Beverly Kerr made beautiful music to shop by! (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill made her own hat!
Here’s a closeup.
Megan Stair kept the champagne flowing!
Jim Richards, executive director of the garden, with Terri Moore, center, and Audrey Moore.
Kim Lauth, left, and Gay Lyons.
Donna Downen, left, and Gail Jarvis.
Kathy Brennan. She’s a “rosarian.”
Kim Henry, left, and Jacque Hawks.
This year, fun outfits from local shops helped show off the chapeaux. Check out this stunning dress from Est8te. (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
Or this one from Obligato.
Not in the market for a hat? How about a cute little succulent?
Lunch was Salad Nicoise.
With adorable hat macaroons!
The event gets more popular every year. Outdoor seating was added this year.
Jayne Burritt, left, with Kristin Grove.
From left, Michelle Henry, Anna Ford and Katie Kline.
Christi Fightmaster left, and Angi Hammaker.
Allyn Purvis Schwartz can’t decide.
Theresa Stone, left, and Rose Moseley.
These are some of the “Walking Women” club: A group of ladies who live downtown and take turns walking to each others’ homes for refreshments one Tuesday a month. From left, Robin Thomas, Karen Kluge, Gay Lyons, Jennifer Holder, Judith Foltz, Kim Henry, me and Jacque Hawks.
From left, Victoria Daniel-Cape, Gail Jarvis and Melanie Fillauer. (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
Lauren Miller with her haul. (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
You can’t visit the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum without snapping a picture in this awesome chair. Doesn’t it just make you smile? From left, Amy Barger, Jessica Ray and Destinee Dowdy. (Photo by Shaun Fulco)
We’ll leave you with a snippet of some beautiful music by Beverly Kerr: