Friday, September 12, 2008

b'ville fashion show brings caring to the catwalk

In an attempt to draw business back to its struggling village center, the Burtonsville Business Association is holding a fashion show featuring local retailers during this year's Burtonsville Days celebration, scheduled for September 26th and 27th. The theme, as envisioned by BBA co-founder Eileena York, is "Beauty Starts In Our Hearts," and participants are required to sign up with a friend or relative who they feel is a caring, supportive individual. "What will be judged is not how someone looks, but who touches our hearts," writes York in an e-mail sent out earlier this week.

State Senator Rona Kramer (D-Dist. 14) will host the fashion show, which will be held at the Marilyn J. Praisner Center. York encourages civic leaders to take part in the event, noting that Alison Klumpp, elementary school teacher and daughter of the recently passed Councilmember Marilyn Praisner, and her daughter Kaitlin Klumpp, will be participating. "We want to bring the sense of small town and rural feel back to this community," writes York.

Aspiring models can register at a number of retailers in the Burtonsville Crossing shopping center, including Dress Barn, Today's Image, Hair Cuttery and Nail #1 Spa, which are all offering discounts of up to 25% for fashion show-related purchases. Winners will receive one of two gift baskets valued at $500. For more information, send an e-mail to BBA at comcast dot net.

1 comment:

Thomas Hardman said...

It's funny.

I actually go out of my way, now and then, just to go through Burtonsville on my way into Laurel.

For reasons best left undisclosed, I have an account at a certain Savings and Loan bank out there and occasionally have to drive out there to make sure I have funds on deposit in case I have to use the debit card. On the way back, I like to stop in Burtonsville, generally for the Dutch Country market. It's not just the food and produce -- though there's one little carry-out booth that has the best potato-salad ever (in my opinion) -- but I feel this strange affinity to the "Dutch", considering that my mom was born in Lebanon, PA. No, my extended family doesn't dress in 19th-century wise nor eschew technology, but for me, visiting the Dutch Country market is almost like attending one of the rare family reunions. Somehow they make me feel welcome.

The rest of Burtonsville hasn't seemed to be quite as accomodating, though that's less the fault of the businesses and more that of the clientele. It's hard for me to tell which of the clientele are actually from Burtonsville and which are folks who were drawn from afar as I was, or who are folks just passing through who somehow wound up in the same stores at the same time.

Generally, I like the place, though. I'd like it more if it was a place where you could drive through and take a look around, rather than taking your life in your hands just to try to get in or out of a parking lot along MD-198.

A bypass might fix that, you know.