MainStreet glamour shots help fund downtown holiday lights

Written by on July 8, 2019

Silver City MainStreet’s second annual Glamour Shot Fundraiser gave folks the chance to deck themselves out in old-fashioned outfits and pose in front of the camera at Vintage Fantasies on Saturday. 

The funds raised will go toward holiday lights for downtown, and Patsy Madrid, owner of Vintage Fantasies, was the one who came up with the idea for the fundraiser. 

“Back when I was growing up, [downtown] was beautiful,” she said. “It was so nice coming down and seeing the lights. We want lights on every pole and for merchants … to put up Christmas decorations. We want every pole decorated up and down the street.”

Last year’s Glamour Shot Fundraiser raised around $400 from photo shoots, while this year’s fundraiser brought in $555, said MainStreet Executive Director Charmeine Wait. 

“This is a great way to let people be aware of the decorations,” she said. 

This year’s funds will be used to buy lights for the snowflake that hangs from the Downtown Gateway Arch on Broadway, for “high-quality bows” and to string lights across Bullard Street. 

Those who came to the Glamour Shot Fundraiser either paid $20 for a 5-by-7 picture or $25 for a digital photo. Volunteers were on hand to help people pick the right outfit, and some had to visit the dressing room a few times to make sure they were satisfied with their selections.

Joe Navan was helping Silver City Town Councilor Lynda Aiman-Smith with a wig and makeup. She ended up wearing a red and black dress, with a black shawl and silver necklaces. 

George and Melinda Austin, who operated the recently closed Silver Portrait Studio, were up next on the job. Melinda gave instruction to the councilor on how to pose, then George snapped the shot with his camera. 

The couple have been supporters of MainStreet for “a very long time.”

“I love what MainStreet is doing for our downtown,” Melinda said. “MainStreet is a good organization.”

“We support all the projects they do,” George added. 

Monique Reyes and her mother, Eva, were two others who attended the fundraiser. Monique went with a blue dress with white polka dots, and she topped off the outfit with a white pearled necklace, gray-furred scarf and white gloves. Eva, on the other hand, put on a red dress and hat that went with black gloves. After Monique and Eva finished with their individual photo shoots, they partnered together and smiled for the camera. 

“It’s fun to dress up in different eras,” Monique said. “I got my mom out of her shell.”

“It was exciting,” Eva said. “It’s for a good cause, too.”

Madrid has owned Vintage Fantasies for 14 years, and sources the dresses, hats and other items in the store from auctions or donations from friends. The store has clothing dating from the 1940s to the 1960s.

“I want to make sure these garments are going to good homes,” she said. “I love the vintage. It has more style. It makes women look beautiful.”

To donate to Silver City MainStreet, head to silver citymainstreet.com. 

—C.P. THOMPSON

(Press Staff Photo by C.P. Thompson) George Austin shows photos to Adalyn Madrid and Ariel Tavizon during the second annual Glamour Shot Fundraiser at Vintage Fantasies on Saturday.

(Press Staff Photo by C.P. Thompson)
George Austin shows photos to Adalyn Madrid and Ariel Tavizon during the second annual Glamour Shot Fundraiser at Vintage Fantasies on Saturday.

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