Creating Memories

The art and fun of fashion was on display on September 9th as the Friends collaborated with the U of M’s Goldstein Museum of Design to celebrate 52 years of Friends’ fashion shows.

Inspired by the theme of looking at fashion’s changes over time, many guests wore wonderful clothing gathered from the backs of their closets. Designer gowns from the Goldstein’s permanent collection lined the staircase of McNeal Hall, tempting many of us to dream of wearing such elegant fashions. Everyone enjoyed conversation and cocktails while Twin Cities’ own Connie Evingson shared stories about splendid costumes worn by Hollywood stars. With her gorgeous silky voice, she performed famous movie tunes from years gone by. Six lucky winners can look forward to a private tour of the Goldstein’s “closets” full of their acclaimed couture collection.

A huge thank you to Connie Sommers and Linda Boelter for executing such an entertaining evening. Another round of applause for Linda Boelter who, along with her husband, Phil, and Connie Evingson, so generously supported this terrific evening.



So many visitors enjoyed the recently closed Floral Affair, A Bouquet for the Friends Centennial exhibition in the Cargill Gallery. Tom Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings in Mia’s Department of European Art assembled this amazing collection of selected works from Mia’s permanent collection. Each of these artworks had been an integral part of past Art in Blooms. What fun to look back at this rich history of Art in Bloom’s signature images. Tom continues his long history of supporting Friends events and cannot be adequately thanked for this recognition of its centennial celebration.

This month, Friends will continue to celebrate the centennial by experiencing the much-anticipated fashion show and formal luncheon on October 7th. The event begins early at 10:00 with check-in, treats, and conversation. Models will grace the runway within the galleries of Mia’s second floor, with a bit of prosecco and appetizers to tempt all before the seated luncheon in the Target Reception Hall. What a great opportunity to search closets for fall fashions to wear on such a fun day!

The strength of Friends is certainly its volunteers. On November 10th, Friends salutes its volunteers immediately following the 11:00 Friends lecture. Everyone is invited to the Wells Fargo Room for sweets and coffee. Friends will extend special thanks to our notable Rochester and St. Cloud affiliates that afternoon. Their loyalty and storied history have always been an influential part of Friends’ success.

Friends volunteers

As leaves begin to change color and sweaters become a part of our wardrobe once again, we are reminded the centennial year celebration has gone so quickly. Opportunities still await us as we acknowledge one hundred successful years of supporting Mia and our community. We should all be proud to have played a part in this history! Happy October everyone and enjoy all that autumn provides!

Autumn brings the wonderful blooms of the Friends Centennial Dahlia!

Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers