Twenty first annual Ladies Night Out held Aug. 23


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  • From an economic perspective, this year's Ladies Night Out again produced a boost in sales for the downtown merchants. And Warwick restaurants, both in and outside of the village, were packed




  • From an economic perspective, this year's Ladies Night Out again produced a boost in sales for the downtown merchants like Style Counsel.




  • The crowd enjoys a demonstration of belly dancing.




  • Everyone was invited to dance.




  • From an economic perspective, this year's Ladies Night Out again produced a boost in sales for the downtown merchants. And Warwick restaurants, both in and outside of the village, were packed




WARWICK — Although somewhat unusual for this summer, it was picture perfect weather on Thursday evening, Aug. 23, for the crowds of ladies and more than a few men who came out to enjoy the twenty first annual celebration of "Ladies Night Out" and "Queen for a Day."

Twenty-one years ago Warwick businesswoman Colleen Brennan came up with the idea, which began with only a few stores and then, under the direction of the Merchant Guild, evolved into a traditional and much larger annual event.

As they strolled along the streets of downtown Warwick, local residents as well as out-of-town visitors enjoyed visiting shops, vendors and restaurants, watching demonstrations, listening to continuous musical entertainment throughout the village and on Railroad Green or just relaxing at one of the attractive outdoor cafes in the village. And many of the stores also offered refreshments and special treats free of charge to all.

There were more than 50 sidewalk vendors this year including non-profit organizations along with those offering products and services involving women's health, fitness, beauty and fashion.

And for the eighth consecutive year, Ladies Night Out also benefited Safe Homes of Orange County, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate all forms of domestic violence through education, outreach and providing services to individuals and families affected by domestic abuse.

"We had a great night," said Event Chair Corrine Iurato, manager of Peck's Wines and Spirits. "It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by everyone."

The highlight of the evening occurred when after Mayor Michael Newhard's introduction, Iurato placed a special crown on a completely surprised Donna Kaminski, who had been chosen as this year's "Queen for a Day."

From an economic perspective, this year's Ladies Night Out again produced a boost in sales for the downtown merchants. And Warwick restaurants, both in and outside of the village, were packed.

The annual event attracts visitors from throughout the Metropolitan area and beyond.

- Roger Gavan







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