Now & Then’s spring bonnet contest

Photos by Julie Wiatt

After a two-year hiatus, and a Blizzasterous Winter of 2010, it was
clearly time to celebrate spring and all of its bounty by bringing back
Now and Then’s Annual Spring Bonnet Contest!

This year saw a dozen
entries submitted from the Mid-Atlantic region all the way to the
Eastern Seaboard!  While entrants ranged in age from single digits to
the mid-doubles, what they all had in common was a tremendous sense of
whimsy, creativity, imagination and fun! 

While we are not sure
who had the most fun, those who created the wonderous hats or those who
admired them in Now and Then’s window, one thing is for sure … it is
never too early to start thinking about next year’s contest!

                                                    — Elizabeth Brinkama

j58tophat_Juliet_hat_springcap.jpgJuliet Marschall, center, age 8, won with her “Queen of the Peeps” bonnet featuring an onion and felted balls. At left is her friend Wonder Abor, modeling the “Top Hat” ­–a fedora adorned with bottle caps designed by Jennifer Shields and Angela Callie of Takoma Park. On the right is Juliet’s brother Caz, wearing “Spring Cap” — a baseball cap decorated with springs, created by Jacob Harris of Takoma Park, age 13.

j68WonderAbor_dog_hat.jpgWonder Abor animates the “Beware Cute Dog” hat created by Melissa Wilson of Frederick, MD.

j76Brinkama_beehive.jpgElizabeth Brinkama has a glamorous new look in the “Beehive Head” by Maeleah Skwirsk of Alexandria VA.

j79Junko_blueprincess_hat.jpgJunko Hurd in “Blue Princess” by Melissa Wilson.

 j77Jude_Jude hat.jpgJude Garrett, owner of Now & Then, contemplates the “Jude”, a bonnet created in her image by Melissa Wilson.

j34knit_hat.jpg“Stitch in the New Season” (with knitted and crocheted yarn) by Ana Marie King of Takoma, DC, age 11.

j19birdnest_hat.jpgSuzanne Emerson models “Moss Head,” by Melissa Wilson.