Wednesday June 20, 2012 | 11:08 PM

Flowers and fashions took center stage at tonight's Broadway in Bloom Gala Banquet. The party, held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, was part of the 81st annual convention of The Garden Club Federation of Maine. The event wraps up tomorrow, but tonight the dinner party paired floral designers with original musical theater costumes from the vast collection of the Maine State Music Theater in Brunswick.

In the photo above, Suzanne Bushnell, who chaired the convention committee, stands next to a dress from "The Whiz," which inspired the flower design of Sandy Wallen of the St. Mary's Garden Club. Her floral creation included woven palm leaves, which mimicked a woven pattern on the bodice of the gown.


Here Suzanne stands between a mannequin wearing a gown from "Cinderella" and Maine State Music Theatre Lead Costume Designer Kurt Alger. The abstract floral design at the right was created by Cynthia Hosmer of the Old York Garden Club. Cynthia set up her floral design yesterday but then had to head to Newport, R.I. to judge a flower show.

Designer Judy Alderman of the Lakeside Garden Club talked about how she interpreted a dress from "Hairsrpay" with peonies and blue hydrangea.

Designer Buff Harrington of the Harpswell Garden Club played off the triangle front of this gown from "Hello Dolly" to create her abstract design.

If you want to see the Maine State Music Theatre's costumes in action, catch "A Chorus Line" before it wraps up this Saturday, or "Legally Blond," which opens on June 27 and runs through July 14. "Sunset Boulevard" and "42nd Street" play later this summer.

Should you want to learn more about the party and see more snapshots, be sure to pick up a copy of the June 24 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have all the details in the Scene & Heard section.

Until then, I'll see you out and about.


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