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WHAT I WORE: Your Stories

January 19, 2012

In honor of the Jan. 24 opening of LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, Blumenthal staff members and others are sharing their memories about a favorite piece of clothing.  These are YOUR stories.

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From funny to heartwarming to sentimental to shocking, clothing has a way of triggering memories within all of us.  That is the basis for LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, opening Tuesday, Jan. 24 and running through Sunday, Jan. 29, in the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.  Having seen the show, I was most impressed with the dialogue the show elicited as soon as it was over.  Those that saw the show and myself all wanted to share our stories, and we did.  And it made for an unforgettable evening.

That was the basis for last Friday’s Giveaway contest.  I asked for you to submit your stories for a chance to win a pair of tickets to opening night of LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE.  Some of the Blumenthal Performing Arts staff even shared their memories.  I asked and you answered.  You’ve been commenting on our Giveaway post and some of your stories are just too cute not to share.  Here are just a few:

I remember several years ago, when i hadn’t been on a job for very long and I showed up to work wearing 2 different color of shoes that neither matched the outfit I had on. That was a lesson learned in getting ready in the dark! Embarrassing! – Debbie Fore

One day I was helping my mother (who was then about 70) clean out and organize her closet. She seemed to have a story for every article of clothing–where she purchased it, the deal that she got it for, the occasion she bought it for. The job was taking forever with all of the stories she had to share. She finally got to the back of the closet finally and pulled out a negligee–a sheer baby blue gown and robe to match! She proceeded to tell me that she had bought the outfit for a St. Patrick’s weekend with my Dad in Savannah a couple of years earlier. I had to stop her before she shared any more! Would you believe my mother was generally very reserved?! – Brenda Mines Hochreiter

I remember the wonderfully tacky parachute pants that I wore as a young boy. They were purple with brightly colored stripes that were of varying shapes, sizes and orientations. I wore them so much that my mother had to sew patches onto the knees. The patches were mismatched colors of black that perfectly complimented the noise of the pants themselves. I still look back on those pants with great fondness, both for the pants themselves as well as for the fact that I didn’t have a care in the world what other people thought of me. – Alek

I remember the very first time I put on my U.S. Air Force uniform. I needed money to finish college so I joined to get the G.I. education benefits. It was the proudest day of my life. I still keep my green coat with my name on it even though it is too many sizes too small now. I just feel such a sense of pride every time I see it hanging in my closet. – Nancy

It’s not too late to share your stories.  CLICK HERE to enter our LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE giveaway.  The contest ends tomorrow at noon!

Because the show often generates a lot of post-show discussion about the clothing and accessories, the audience is invited to stay after select performances for a question-and-answer session with a guest moderator.  Post-show discussions are schedule following these four performances:  Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 PM; Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 PM; Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 PM; Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1:30 PM.  More information to come.

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