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Cape Life Gardening has its rewards - for the local deer T he opening salvo has been fired. Let the games begin. It was a dark and stormy night. OK, that's the beginning of a novel I am work- ing on. Actually, it was a bright, sunny day in mid-September; I had just planted enough spring bulbs to make me break into the theme from “The Sound of Music.” Once they bloomed in April and May, the hills would be alive with that sound of music. One look at my lus- cious, colorful floral garden, and people would weep for wooden shoes, windmills and a large plate of Karfluckinluk.  Now, I throw my head back and laugh like a drug dealer high on meth; laughter resounds at my naivety. For alas, I have one lone tulip now that has made it through the winter. It poked its head up through the rough soil last week, wearing an orange-red sweater and torn blue jeans.  Where have all the flowers gone? Did I plant the bulbs in some neighbor's garden by mis- take? Or is there evil lurking be- hind what some species would consider a salad bar? I notice a few droplets of tulip petals lead- ing away from the house. Hey, I watch a lot of “CSI” and “Law and Order.” Deer, anyone?  I panic, though, for next to my precious tulip, the beginning sprouts of my prize-winning hosta are emerging, and a few other varieties of classic English Cape Gazette FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 59 Nancy Katz » AROUND TOWN Spring day brightened by VIA Fashion Show By Ellen Roney Special to the Cape Gazette The Village Improvement As- sociation‘s seventh annual Spring Fashion Show took place at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club April 22. The show featured apparel from local stores that were ex- pertly modeled by VIA members. For the first time, the runway also showcased outfits designed, made and worn by talented stu- dents of Cape Henlopen High School.   Appropriately themed April Showers Bring May Flowers, the luncheon event’s attendees viewed the spectacle surrounded by the rain-splashed windows of Rehoboth Beach Country Club’s dramatic bay-front ballroom. The annual show is a major fundrais- er for the VIA; the proceeds of this very popular event will go to help support local art, education, conservation, public and interna- tional issues and health projects and institutions, vital interests of the association. Chairwomen Theda Black- welder and Roxanne Nelson, no strangers to fashion themselves, deftly opened the program and turned the microphone over to Drexel Davison, CEO of Bad Hair Day?, who wielded his consider- able wit and charm to narrate the show.  Escorts Sam Cooper, Harry Keswani, Jay Pastore, Stu Schmidt, and Tom Wontorek,  each representing an area of in- terest of the VIA, accompanied the models to the runway. The VIA fashion models, volunteers all, wore stunning designs  pro- vided by Rehoboth’s Brides 2 Be, Funky Lady, and Simply Dressed; Lewes’s Deanna’s and Piccolino; and Bethany Beach’s  Japanesque and  Water Lili.  Bad Hair Day? donated the services of hair styl- ist Neely Harris and Lesslee Belmore, make-up artist . The VIA welcomed students from the Cape Henlopen High School Textiles and Clothing Program, a course in which the students learn pattern design, fashion, fabric selection and de- velopment of sewing skills. The five outstanding scholars mod- eled their own creative and chic outfits that highlighted their individual styles and consider- able skills.  Chairwomen Blackwelder and Nelson closed the event by thanking all of the students, supporters, stores, donors, orga- nizers, volunteers and attendees who made the fashion show such a great success.  DENY HOWETH PHOTOS ROXANNE NELSON, left and Theda Blackwelder chaired the seventh annual VIA Spring Fashion Show. Cape Henlopen students Gerri Flowers (l-r) Jada Flowers and Destiny Villanueva strike a pose with Drexel Davison. Escorts are (l-r) Stu Schmidt, Sam Cooper and Jay Pastore. Cape Henlopen students show their casual side, Alys- sa Needham and Claire Rasin. Melynda Peet wears Deanna’s and Piccolino, left, and Kathy Cochran wears Water Lili. Escort Harry Keswani, center, with Nancy Curling, left, in Simply Dressed, and Mary Lou Frost in Japanesque. Kay Monack in Water Lili (seated); Edith Ca- puto in Deanna’s and Piccolino. Tom Wontorek escorts Bev Andrion in Simply Dressed. See more photos of April Showers Bring May Flowers, the VIA spring fashion show: Continued on page 62