NEWTON – Pink and green balloons beckoned ladies from around Sussex County to Sussex County Community College (SCCC) for the fourth annual Ladies’ Saturday Retreat on April 12.
The day is known for providing inspiration from start to finish for its participants and proceeds from the event financially benefit the students.
“Thank you for helping us with our scholarship activities,” remarked Dr. Paul Mazur, the college’s president, in addressing attendees prior to the fashion show, which was the midday mark for the event.
The retreat offers workshop options throughout the day under three themes: “Activate,” “Rejuvenate,” and “Motivate.” Following registration, the attendees could choose to participate in a Yoga session or “Touchstone Jewelry Blingo” or learn about Fondant icing basics from Blissful Bites Gourmet Cupcakes. Next, the ladies could voyage on “The Journey to your Authentic Self,” or step into the session about de-cluttering or unwind with the Rutgers Master Gardeners while planting butterfly attracting plants in containers.
Whirled Revolutions Hoopers kicked off the “Reflections!” fashion show with an impressive performance combining elements of spinning hoops, acrobatics and dance. Following their energetic show, Sara Megletti of PB&J Stores emceed and introduced a number of local ladies who modeled. The models hailed from the college including two scholarship beneficiaries as well as SCCC employees. Other models were women who volunteered their time from the local business community.
Each modeled strutted along the catwalk, traversing across the stage of the performing arts center and through the auditorium, showing off several outfits each during the show. The looks geared the attendees up for the warmer months and included gauzy and silky fabrics in warmer hues, sportswear and resort styles, day to night dresses and outfits, high low dresses, wedge sandals, and casual to elegant hats, purses and jewelry, with some of the styles reversible.
At the end of the show, one of the attendees was chosen in a random drawing and won a $500 makeover, including hair nails and makeup at the Perfect 10, a photo shoot with Cathy Roselli Photography, a $150 gift certificate from PB&J Stores and more.
The Cafe Reception followed, with a generous selection of eateries to choose from including: Panera, Eddie’s Roadhouse, Blissful Bites, The Chatterbox, Yetter’s Diner, Villa Capri, Lake Mohawk Country Club, Applebee’s, Andre’s, Dominick’s, Krave, Milano’s, Shop Rite at Home, Romancing Desserts, Riviera Maya and more.
Following lunch, attendees were able to browse the array of vendors located near the luncheon and then participate in the afternoon workshop sessions. From photography to what and what not to wear to the Healing Powers of Chocolate to Zumba to hooping with the Whirled Revolution (activities outside on the college grounds in Saturday’s summer-like weather), to nutrition and spiritual wellness, the attendees had the option to attend a variety of workshops over the rest of the afternoon.
After dinner, the evening concluded with a comedy performance by Adam Ferrera in the performing arts center.
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