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Service Club continues its tradition of winning antique shows

As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

The women of the Service Club of Manatee County learned that lesson well when they started their annual antique show fundraiser 44 years ago.

It has seen a few changes over the years, but the successful formula remains the same.

With Jeanne Hawthorne as the chair and Vicki Zulanas backing her up as co-chair, the group brought back all the things that make the weekend event so popular. People return every year to see what treasures they can find at the antique dealers who fill the Manatee Civic Center.

The food at the Friday night gala is always anticipated and this year did not disappoint, featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared and served by club members. Connie Dolin headed up the food committee again because she is “chair for life,” according to Jan Pullen. The group tweaked the menu, adding some tasty soups.

And, under the direction of Lynne Callahan, the club’s own antiques booth also had a few upgrades. The committee made the space a little more user-friendly when they grouped similar merchandise together.

They even had a boutique section and an area filled with vintage holiday decorations.

Among the guests on Friday night were regular attendees Meta and Howard Brooks, Peg Brittain, Gloria Kauffer, and Betty Conard with her daughter, Kimberly Schulz.