Fabulous Hats Party & Sale  -  June 3, 2007

Long time member Larry Camuso and his partner, Kirk Wentland, hosted our event in their 1926 Renaissance Revival villa in Shasta-Hanchett Park. Classic cars from Larry and Kirk’s collections lined the street and guests enjoyed music presented by Scarlett LaRue’s Dixieland Jazz Band, courtesy of former Board member Jim Bunce.

Over 150 unique hats, some felt, some with feathers and several floral were on sale. Many were donated by sons and daughters wanting their mother's hats to be worn and treasured by a new generation of women with a passion for hats. The collection featured designer labels including Lilly Duche, Adolfo, Alfreda, Mr. John, Flo-Reye, and six stunning Jack McConnell florals. A highlight this year included several magnificent straw and floral hats donated by a collector in San Francisco. Some of the hats that were sold

The Featured hat was a lavender creation by Joyce Alexy, owner of Sweet Pea Hats in San Jose, which was available at the silent auction. Alexy is renown for her custom hat designs exclusively sold in Carmel. Her creations have been featured at other auctions throughout Northern California.

Also on sale was a little girl's Easter ensemble, donated by San Josean Carol Sippel, which included a slip, dress, and dark purple velvet coat made by her grandmother over 50 years ago. Sippel also donated the hat, purse and gloves that completes the set.  Other items available for sale included new and vintage hat boxes, purses, and gloves. Local professional photographer, Hans Halberstadt, donated his services for this project.

Guests enjoyed light refreshments in a garden and pool area of the villa, which has been lovingly renovated over the past 16 years and features Hollywood art deco furnishings. The swimming pool sports a peacock waterfall adjacent to a three-car garage that protects a collection of vintage autos which were on display during the hat party.

We thank our sponsors and hat donors and look forward to next year’s Party. Please contact Patt Curia at (408) 294-3599 if you wish to donate or sponsor next year’s event.




This “Hat Cake” was created to replicate one of our vintage hats.

The Cake was made by Debbie Does Cakes of Oakland and donated
by our Hat Party hosts, Larry Camuso and Kirk Wentland.

And it was delicious! Which one is the real hat?

Many thanks to Our Sponsors:

Alexandria Salon and Spa
1346 The Alameda, Suite 8, San Jose 95126
(408) 971-2926

Alta Clothing 
1342 Lincoln Ave, San Jose
(408) 288-5940

Archives & Architecture
P.O. Box 1332 San Jose 95109-1332
(408) 369-5683

Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Inc.
455 Lambert Avenue, Palo Alto 94306
(650) 328-1818

Commuknity, A Neighborhood Yarn Experience
1345 The Alameda, San Jose 95126
Thomas Johnston (408) 293-9333

Johnson and Nixon, Attorneys at Law
142 George Street, San Jose 95110
(408) 287-7717

Hometec Architecture, Inc.
619 North 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95126
Richard and Holly Hartman (408) 995-0496

Riga Bakery & Café
1338 The Alameda #3, San Jose 95126
Marcella (408) 947-7442

Scarlett La Rue's Dixieland Jazz Band
Don Bunce (408) 243-5784

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

Sweet Pea Hats
Joyce Alexy (408) 288-9176

Vintage Home Specialists of Silicon Valley

Put our years of combined real estate experience to work for you in selling or buying your dream Victorian, Arts & Crafts Bungalow or a "fixer" to restore, give us a call.
We make Old Houses our business!

1045 Willow Street, San Jose 95125     (408) 491-1661

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Nizam Alli (408) 318-3349

Hosts: Larry Camuso and Kirk Wentland

Hat Party Committee:  Patt Curia, Chair
Bev Blockie, Judy Conner, Ellen Garboske, Jane Guinther, Tania Hohn, Lynnea Hagen,
April Halberstadt, Julia Howlett, Mary Lou Mason, Kim Ortiz, Gwen Jennings, Sandra Soellner

Photographer: Hans Halberstadt