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Calling All Fashionistas


Some Agnes Irwin School students shop till they drop.I’ve been looking forward to this event since I first heard about it: Agnes Irwin’s Spring Market. It started as a one-day boutique and blossomed into a three-day, not-to-be-missed shopping extravaganza. More than 30 merchants from throughout the country—including Dakota Martin, Kage Designs and Thatcher Spring—will showcase and sell some of their most fabulous fashions, products and gifts April 16-18 on the grounds of Irwin’s Lower School and in the Laura Thomas Buck ‘49 Pavilion. So I’m making a list of all the occasions I need presents for: Mother’s Day, my best friend’s birthday, my cousin’s graduation, and Father’s Day—I’ve been told there will be plenty of items for men, too!

The shopping weekend begins with a Preview Party Thursday night sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer, followed by a full day of shopping on Friday. Gramercy Boutique in Wayne’s Spread Eagle Village is sponsoring a “Girls’ Night Out” cocktail and shopping event Friday evening, when Agnes Irwin alums will model the shop’s latest spring and summer looks. And as if the hottest fashions weren’t enough of a draw, the award-winning spa Polished will offer complimentary treatments. Then the festivities wrap up Saturday with more shopping, lectures and demonstrations by various Main Line experts. Check out the complete schedule of events below, or visit agnesirwin.org.

I’ll see you at the Market!

Agnes Irwin Spring Market Schedule:


Thursday, April 16

Preview Party sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer
For parents (past and present) and alumnae
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Laura Thomas Buck ’49 Pavilion
What else: Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, “Live” and “Almost Live” auctions, catering by Culinary Concepts, and entertainment by The Tonics

Friday, April 17

All events open to the public; complimentary valet parking only

Shopping & Café sponsored by Neiman Marcus
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Laura Thomas Buck ’49 Pavilion
What else: Gift bags provided by Kiehl’s
Admission: $10

Lecture on Antique Prints
Presented by Hollie Powers Holt, co-author of The Art of the Garden and collector of antique prints and maps
When: 11:30 a.m.
Where: Music Room (limited seating)
What else: Box lunch included.
Admission: $40

“Ladies’ Night Out” Shopping and Cocktail Event
Sponsored by and informal modeling provided by Gramercy Boutique
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Laura Thomas Buck ’49 Pavilion
What else: The first 100 attendees to R.S.V.P. will receive a gift bag valued at over $100; complimentary salon services provided by Polished in the Music Room.
Admission: $50

Saturday, April 18

All events open to the public

Shopping & Café
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Laura Thomas Buck ’49 Pavilion
Admission: $10

“Accenting Your Outdoor Spaces” Lecture by Garden Accents owner Elizabeth Schumacher
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Music Room
Admission: $25

Container Gardening: Herb, Succulent & Decorative
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Music Room
What else: Demonstration by Valley Forge Flowers
Admission: $25

Summer Grilling Demonstration by Viking Culinary Arts Center
When: Noon to 2 p.m.

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