Having fun as Durango’s founders did

Having fun as Durango’s founders did

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Duane Smith models a historic Chicago Cubs baseball uniform at the Durango Heritage Celebration’s “Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West Was Fun” Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre. Sweetie Marbury was dressed for a picnic in the park. Smith’s stalwart Cubs fandom was described by emcee Suzanne Parker as “misguided.”
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Modeling bathing dresses from the late 1800s are, from left, Nancy Ottman, Guyneth Zimmerman, Karren Little and Dan Ammann, during the Durango Heritage Celebration’s “Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West Was Fun” Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre on Friday. Most of the ladies’ bathing dresses were wool, and when wet, weighed as much as 25 pounds. How much actual swimming went on is anybody’s guess.
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Horseback riding was a popular Victorian pastime. Sporting an Annie Oakley look, Kristi Nelson Cohen models a riding dress from the Victorian era at the Durango Heritage Celebration's "Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West Was Fun" Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre. Victorian women primarily rode sidesaddle, and this innovation of a split skirt made it easier to mount and control a horse.
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A promenade down the "Boulevard," or East Third Avenue, was a popular way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Durango's early years. Kathy Setka, left, shows what a well-dressed Victorian would wear, Tom Doak is dapper in his suit and bowler hat and Bonnie Brennan shows how walking dresses had changed by the 1910s during the Durango Heritage Celebration's "Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West Was Fun" Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre.
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How scandalous – a woman's ankle! Diane Welle, left, and Carol Treat are rushing, as much as one can in full Victorian garb, to attend the "Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West was Fun," Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre. Much of the audience was in period garb.
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Kathy Setka shows the audience the details of her Victorian walking dress, including crocheted gloves and reticule. The reticule and parasol are original from the late 1800s. Tom Doak, left, and Joaquin Garcia are waiting to go on to show what the best-dressed gentlemen of the time wore, including dapper bowler hats. The trio were part of the Durango Heritage Celebration's "Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West Was Fun" Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre.
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Riding a "penny farthing" bicycle with the big front wheel required a whole new wardrobe for Victorian ladies. Miki Harder is showing off the bloomers, striped stockings and boater hat that the best-dressed female bicyclists wore during the Durango Heritage Celebration's "Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West Was Fun" Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre.
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Durango City Councilor Sweetie Marbury models the perfect attire for a picnic in the park during the Victorian era at the Durango Heritage Celebration's "Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West Was Fun" Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre. In his white suit, Ron Smith is ready for a rolicking game of croquet.
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Sonja Bayley-Smith is ready for a stroll down East Third Avenue to show off her winter walking suit, complete with velvet toque, from the early 1900s. She is one of more than 30 models at the Durango Heritage Celebration's "Victorians & Edwardians at Play: How the West Was Fun" Fashion Show at the Henry Strater Theatre. Waiting to demonstrate other garb for a promenade during Durango's early years are, from left, Kathy Setka, Tom Doak, Bonnie Brennan and Joaquin Garcia.
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