Worthington News

Society slates hat fashion show, mural unveiling


A hat fashion show and the unveiling of a newly painted mural will kick off the spring season of the Worthington Historical Society over the weekend of April 6 and 7.

The hat show will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Griswold Center, 777 High St.

The mural will be ready for viewing at the opening day of the Orange Johnson House, 956 High St., from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

The hat show will include hats from the society's own collection, with those of the Ladybugs & Buckeyes.

Models from the community will show hats from the latter collection, with the program narrated by Diane Selby. Special hats from the society's collection that will be shown in the exhibition have never been displayed.

On view will be items from the practical -- an 1830 bonnet that came with its matching quilted silk cover -- to the sublime -- a purple feathered 1960s fashion statement.

A "spot of tea" with some sweet refreshments also will be offered.

Tickets are on sale at the Griswold Center, the Shop at the Old Rectory and Fritzy Jacob's for $10 per person.

Local artist Lynn Bird's recently completed mural features a visual drama of the story of the early settlers' journey to Worthington in fall 1803.

With founder James Kilbourn's portrait and a map at top center, the vignettes follow the trek west with the departure from New England, families walking beside wagons led by oxen and horses, a young girl with a stick herding pigs, the hazardous crossing of the Allegheny Mountains, the crossing of the Ohio River and the beginnings of the town that was named Worthington on Dec. 26, 1803.

The 60-by-92-inch mural will be installed in the south room of the Orange Johnson House's lower level.

The public is invited to see the mural and to tour the Orange Johnson House.

The opening is free, with donations to the Worthington Historical Society accepted.

For more information, email the historical society at info@worthingtonhistory.org or call 614-854-9726. Visit the new website at worthingtonhistory.org.