And the moisture failed to dampen the spirits of those who competed in the Hat Contest. Among the winners were Nancy Bryan in the Best Vintage category; Elise Lenard, Most Creative; Andrea Dowdy, Best Ensemble; Carolyn Sawyer, Breath of Spring and Lisa Harlan, Funniest.
This year, the annual Garden Party was the kick-off of the "SAVE THE IRONWORK " campaign to raise the $75,000 needed to restore and preserve the historic ironwork surrounding the front portico and fence at the Richards D A R House Museum.
The Museum, finished in 1860 for the Charles Richards family, is located at 256 N. Joachim Street in historic deTonti Square. It is the only period townhouse museum in the coastal area, said Sheila Shell of Richard-DAR House Museum. "This beautiful 10,000 ft. structure has been operated by the all-volunteer stewards of the local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1973 and is the only museum in Mobile that is open 7 days a week with the exception of holidays and special events," Shell said.
The Daughters need the support of all citizens of Mobile and surrounding area with this project. Additional fundraisers are in the planning stage. Donations will continue to be accepted until the $75,000 goal is reached. Any amount contributed will be gratefully accepted, Shell said. Mail checks to Richards DAR House Museum, 256 N. Joachim Street, Mobile, AL 36603 Attention: "Save the Ironwork"