Everything ready for the ‘Festival of Fashions’

The outfits have been chosen, the accessories are gleaming and the models have practiced their runway walks.

All of this is in preparation for the IHM 12th annual “Festival of Fashions” to be held Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Parish Hall.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. and lunch, provided by Victoria’s Parlor, will be served at 11:30.

Julia Buenafe works for Happy Trails Ladies Boutique and has been very busy outfitting the models with beautiful fashions to share with the guests.

Julia moved to Pagosa Springs from Southern California, where she was a Human Resource Manager for a large wholesale nursery, a little over five years ago. Since coming to Pagosa she has survived breast cancer and for the last three years has become very involved as entertainment chair for Pagosa’s Relay for Life. Julia loves to camp, hike, fish, hunt and, of course, help ladies choose gorgeous clothes.

The nine models from our community include Christie Spears, LaQuita Johnson, Lisa Oney, Susie Bruce, Mary Jo Valentine, Carla Shaw, Diana Smith, Teresa Huft and Kittie Storm.

The job of modeling is not as easy as it may seem. It includes two to three timely outfit changes, while exuding grace and confidence on stage. These ladies have taken time from their busy schedules to help raise needed funds for the new Parish Hall. Their show promises to be entertaining as well as enlightening about fashion in general.

Tickets for the Festival of Fashions are $35 and are available at Happy Trails and Switchback Mountain Wear in the City Market Center.

Reserved runway tables are also still available and you can contact Maria or Julia at 264-4260 for more information. Tickets are going fast and will not be available at the door.

Buy tickets for yourself and your friends today to be included in this fun, fashion-filled day.


Photo courtesy Ann Bubb
Julie Buenafe of Happy Trails helps model Mary Jo Valentine choose a striking outfit for the “Festival of Fashions.” The annual IHM fashion show fund-raiser will take place Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Parish Hall on Lewis Street.