By Joyce M. Johnson
Special to the Beacon Journal
Sweet Melodies 2012, sponsored by the Children’s Concert Society, celebrated cinema and its stars on Saturday evening. Guests gathered at the Fairlawn Country Club for a movie-themed night that included jazz, food and costume awards.
“I’m a big John Wayne fan,” best male costume winner Dave Meeker said. Meeker donned a hat and eye patch for the Rooster Cogburn look. His wife, Anita Meeker, dressed as Marlene Dietrich.
Strolling musician Steve Ostrow serenaded diners with his violin.
“I am right out of Singing in the Rain,” said Barb Uhall. Nikki Cannon added, “I was a music teacher and we had a dance group, so I am using the poodle skirt.”
“This actually belonged to my great-grandmother,” Christina Hamilton said of her outfit. Her husband, Bart Hamilton, compared her to Greta Garbo with her elegant attire.
Margo Snider was a gun moll to Rick Butler’s Frank Sinatra character.
The 2012 honoree of the evening was Jeannie Hamilton, a board member and longtime volunteer. Hamilton was awarded best female costume with her Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
Sara and Alan Burkey were looking forward to the evening’s music with the 2011 ArtsAlive winner Josh?Rzepka and vocalist Evelyn Wright.
“This organization gives opportunities to so many children in the community,” Melinda Fitzpatrick of Medina said. Kay Rasor added, “It’s how they focus on children and the arts.”
Joy and Bruce Hagelin stole the show and won best couples costume with their Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy outfits.
“My brother actually used this costume to water ski on the lake in front of a dinner cruise,” Bruce Hagelin said.