Local millinery expert, Jane Olive gives the history of hats to the women gathered for tea at the Mantorville Art Guild.
By Melanie Dobson
The Mantorville Art Guild celebrated their seventh anniversary with their annual tea May 3. The theme was "A Run for the Roses" and Jane Olive spoke about hats between courses.
There were five courses if you count the opening mint julep with sugared pecans and bourbon balls. Crumpets, watercress canapés, seafood salad on a crostini, mint radish tea sandwich, ruebens, crabcakes with lime aioli and mango salsa were some of the dainty delicacies served - ending with a dessert crepe, berry and pecan pies. Delicious teas were paired with each course.
Jane Olive gave a history of hats from the 1800s to the present. She then showed the "nuts and bolts" of how she makes hats, passing around the starting pieces as she explained how the hats are made. Her hat journey began with sewing period costumes in preparation for Wasioja Civil War Days and other historical events. With hats being an important finish to an outfit, she began creating her own. Her creations can be seen at the Mantorville Art gallery and many are for sale.