A remarkable runway

CALUMET – Kayla Goodell and Andy McMahon were looking through the racks of clothes on display at the AmericInn in Calumet Saturday during the New Beginnings Angel Mission Free Store fashion show.

McMahon said she usually doesn’t wear dresses, so she asked for some help from Goodell to find something that would coordinate with Goodell’s outfit for their upcoming prom.

“I’m here to help her (find) a dress that will match a bit,” Goodell said.

McMahon said she and Goodell learned about the fashion show because they work at the Free Store.

“We usually go to the Angel Mission and donate time,” she said.

The fashion show was the first for the Angel Mission, and it was intended to let people know what the store has to offer, particularly for prom wear. The clothing was mostly for women, but there were some men’s and children’s wear, also.

Lynn Lanyon, co-director of the Free Store, said she was pleased with the turnout of about 30 people watching models display the various clothing available, both formal and casual.

“I was surprised,” she said of the turnout since it was the first time the store conducted a fashion show.

The models, who Lanyon said were recruited from the store or from local schools, came down stairs from the second floor, then walked on a carpet in the lobby of the AmericInn.

Lanyon said clothing from the fashion show was available to take for free for anyone in the audience who was interested.

Also during the show, Lanyon said baked goods were on sale as a fundraiser for the store. There was also a raffle of items from the store, and gift certificates from the White House and the Hut restaurants, two games of bowling from the Mine Shaft bowling alley, and Hahn Hammered Copper in Calumet.

After the fashion show, co-director Terry Bazin thanked the crowd for attending, and compared how she felt to a popular cable television show.

“Now I know how ‘Project Runway’ works,” she said.