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Local hat show celebrates 25 years

By Dawn Burleigh

dawn.burleigh@orangeleader.com

Mt. Olive Baptist Church and its Senior Gospel Choir will hold the 25th annual Red and White Tea and Hat Show from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, February 14, at the church, which is located at 106 West Park Ave. in Orange. Admission to the event is free, but donations are welcome. The public is invited.

The event promises many surprises and a special guest of the city.

The program began when church member Maddie Johnson coordinated with Hats by Naomi of Houston to bring the latest in hat fashion to Orange every year. For approximately 15 years, that is how the program remained until it took on a more local flavor 10 years ago.

The hats are now supplied by Marsha G’s Boutique, a local business located on 16th Street in Orange.

The Red and White Tea and Hat Show is held on the second Sunday of February every year.

President of this year’s event is Melvin Adams, chairperson is Sarah G. Richard and the Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church is Ronnie A.E. Crockett, Sr.