Lights, camera, action . . . the sisters of Sisters Fest will be rolling out the red carpet this weekend as they invade the town for their 15th annual event.
An event for sisters or simply close friends, Sisters Fest is an annual weekend for women age 16 and older to get together and have some fun. Playing along with this years "red carpet" theme sisters attending the event are sure to bring glamour and extravagance to the streets of the city.
Costumes, always a hit with the attendees for the two day party, will be all the rage this year, especially on Saturday night when glitz and glamour are sure to rule the night. Usually the women parade down Charles and Wells streets in their costumes, but given the theme, organizers thought the women my be wearing high heels and not want to stroll so far. So for a change the women will be walking the red carpet into the Elks Ballroom, to the banquet.
Sisters Fest invites the public to come watch the promenade, much the same way they would at the local high school proms. Organizers hope to give the walk a sense of authentic grandeur.
The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. and catered, buffet style, by Quinet's Court Restaurant. The banquet will conclude with recognition of contest winners and door prizes.
Seats to this event go fast, so pre-registration is encouraged to ensure a seat. The cost of the banquet is $15 and attendees are also asked to bring two quarters to the event.
While the theme is fancy, organizers remind attendees that really just about any kind of attire is fine. Some "sisters" really get into the theme each year, dressing up for the entire weekend. Some make and wear matching t-shirts. Still others just wear whatever their hearts desire.
Festivities for the weekend will begin Friday night at 6 p.m. with an appetizer and dessert contest in the Elks Ballroom.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their best appetizer or dessert, along with one copy of the recipe if they would like to share it, for their fellow Sisters Fest participants to taste and vote on their favorites. First through third places are awarded in each category and an additional prize is given for the best theme food.
New this year, as an added incentive, each entry in the contest will be entered into a drawing to win $25.
A perennial favorite, but on a different day, the extremely popular "How Well Do You Know Your Sister?" game show will be held Friday at 7 p.m. in the Elks ballroom.
This event, similar to The Newlywed Game, always elicits laughter as sisters and friends reveal secrets and bicker over the right answers.
The winners get the coveted crowns and reign over the annual event.
As always on Friday evening and throughout the weekend, Sisters Fest attendees are welcome to spend some time in the Elks bar. However, some women in the past have expressed a desire for a late-night alternative. So this year after the variety show there will a time for game playing and practice for the variety show that will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. with breakfast at the Wells Inn from served through 10 a.m. At 10 a.m. the benefit Bingo will begin.
A luncheon will be served at the Sistersville Country Club from noon to 1:30 p.m. Chauffeurs will be available from the Wells Inn, if rides are needed. Sistersville Lions Club women will be preparing a wonderful spread for this event.
Create a scrapbook of "sister" memories at a special class to be held from 1:30-3 p.m. Then from 3:30-5 p.m. is the ever-popular variety show.
Immediately following dinner, attendees and the public alike are invited to make their way to the Gaslight Theater for a comedy show featuring comedienne Ramona Mills. Along with her alter-ego Eulah Mae McGillicuty, Mills is sure to add even more fun to the annual Sisters Fest event with her fun comedic act, even as it winds down for the year. The public is invited to enjoy the Mills show, with a donation asked for admittance at the door.
For more information about Sisters Fest visit www.sistersfestwv.wordpress.com or Sisters Fest on Facebook; or call Linda Marrin at 218-820-1772.