Beautiful weather, antiques, and fashions displayed at annual Antiquefest in Morrisburg

Captured in above photo: Models dressed in 'Audrey Hepburn' inspired fashions courtesy of Helen Derix, owner of Juli's Fashion in Morrisrburg. Front row(left to right): Louella Smail, Ashley Bouman, Jennifer Mark, Helen Derix (Juli's Fashion owner and master of ceremonies for the fashion show), Elizabeth Brunner (fashion show stager), Flo Mackenzie, Debbie LaChapelle. Back row: Taylar Tippins, Lousie Vachon, Lise Thurler, and Anita Robitalle.

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG — Beautiful weather on Saturday made for a spectacular backdrop for the 18th annual Antiquefest in Morrisburg this past weekend.

The South Dundas Chamber of Commerce got very lucky on the weather department, especially considering the rather soggy summer thus far.

In past years the committee has fought with mother nature and tried various sites for their antique festival because of it.

Geraldine Fitzsimmons, general manager of the South Dundas Commerce, laughed and said, “We’re Canadians; we’re tough!”

In earlier years the event was held along the St. Lawrence River near the ball diamonds. According to Geraldine Fitzsimmons, this was no longer an option.

“Regulations stated that if more than three booths were set up, an engineer’s report must be filled out, which of course makes hosting the yearly affair less cost effective,” she explained.

It was then moved into the Morrisburg Plaza and was run by the local BIA for the next two years.

But many vendors were concerned about the heat and the lack of shade in the mall parking lot, so this year the location was changed once again. The location of choice was the Lakeshore United Church on Lakeshore Drive.

Fitzsimmons observed that set-up on Friday was a bit wet but Saturday felt like “heaven on Earth”.

There were indoor options for tables as well as outdoors. The lucky few who had their tables outside got to enjoy the gorgeous weather and view of the water.

One of the 20 vendors was DD Antiques owner Doug Kahn of Ingleside. Kahn was one of the fortunate vendors who was placed outside facing the water. The antique connoisseur travels all over Ontario to antique shows and in the summer there can be as many as one every other weekend. He also has a permanent space at the Ottawa Antique Market where he specializes in selling phonographs.

Another highlight of the weekend was a fashion show put on by Juli’s Fashion owner Helen Derix. Fitzsimmons described her as “an entertainer extraordinaire” and said that “everyone can take lessons from her … she knows how to market herself and make things beautiful.”

The Chamber GM proved to be right. Onlookers were amazed by the unique outfits that were inspired by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

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