SHERMAN - What do you get when you cross an EMT with evening wear? A wild night of fashion fun and frolic.
That's just what anyone who attended the Sherman Chamber of Commerce's "Spring Phashion (whoops Fashion) and Amateur Comedy Show" Saturday evening in the village fire hall. All proceeds from the event will go to the Roswell Cancer Center.
The evening progressed with an array of events with Bill Rowan as master of ceremonies. The audience was treated to an actual fashion show narrated by Cheri Greenstein, owner of GG My Love Fashions with locations in Bemus Point and the Chautauqua Institution. Three sessions of fashions were modeled by local residents Sherri Rater, Pam Fisher, Stephanie Jackson, Kaitlyn Rudenski, Elaine Gratto and Janelle Meredith.
Photos by David Prenatt
Sherman mayor John Patterson relays a flashback story from his past.
Interspersed between the fashion sessions were comedy monologues by Sherman Mayor John Patterson, Bob Cartwright and Irene Guerin. Patterson also took the audience on a visual flashback to the 1960s, attired in jeans, a sleeveless denim jacket proclaiming Peace Not War, and a bandana headband.
Patterson has been growing his hair since August to raise money for the Roswell Cancer Center in the "Shave the Mayor" campaign. Tickets are on sale giving the buyer a chance to help shave his head at the Sherman Day celebration on August 2.
But real "stars" of the show were Sherman's firemen and EMTs, who opened the night with a parade of old and new uniforms, and then shifted gears to display the evening wear and swimsuit sessions of the show, complete with wigs and heels. Doug Crane, Jay Irwin, Isaac Gratto, Bob Crane and Fred Gable strutted their stuff on the runway amid cheers and laughter.
The night was capped off by a lip-synced version of Patsy Cline's "She's Got You," complete with comedic actions that brought thunderous applause from the audience.
The event was the first fashion show since 1976, according to Rowan. The evening was dedicated to Oliver Wilcox Norton, who was responsible for the development of the bugle call "Taps."