Dode Page, owner of Black Cat Antiques and Gifts, of Earlville, will be the guest speaker. Dode will be sharing her vast knowledge of vintage clothing showcasing her 1940-1960s era clothing from her shop. She will also present the clothing borrowed from Mary Jeanne Bialas’ Victorian Whispers collection covering the eras 1840-1860. Dode is a 1976 graduate of Morrisville Eaton Central school and has lived in Morrisville most of her life. In 2004, she opened Black Cat Antiques and Gifts filling her shop with vintage clothing from the 1940s-1980s, antique furniture and decorative accessories, hand- made primitive gifts by Valerie Valentine of Sherburne, and locally made honey and beeswax candles. Dode and her husband, Charles, enjoy going to auctions and estate sales to buy items for her shop. Her background running a fashion show comes from her four years of experience leading the Earlville Opera House’s Annual Mother’s Day fashion show of vintage clothing and desserts scheduled this year for May 12th. Dode emcees, coordinates the outfits, and writes outfit descriptions. Since 2010 Dode has served on the board of the Earlville Opera House. She also volunteers her time on events for the Chenango Canal Association of Madison and the Earlville Community Day Planning Committee. Dode's shop is located at 14 East Main St. Earlville. Her hours are Tuesday- Friday 9-5 and Saturdays 9-2. You can also contact her by calling 315-691-5721.
Tickets for the historical society’s Fashion Show: Antebellum, War, and Peace on April 29th at the Rusty Rail in Canastota are $20. They are available at the Madison County Historical Society and Black Cat Antiques and Gifts. The buffet menu served at 1 pm will include: chef salad, rolls and butter, garlic mashed potatoes, carrots with dill, fresh baked chicken, Virginia baked ham, sausage and meatballs in sauce. The fashion show will start after the buffet luncheon. Door prizes and raffle gift baskets will also be available at the luncheon. For more information please contact the society at 363- 4136, 361-9735, or email@example.com. Reservations are required and payment must be received by April 25.
The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida. The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage. The historical society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places.