Twentieth Ladies Night Out held Thursday evening August 24

| 30 Aug 2017 | 03:51

— It was picture perfect weather on Thursday evening, Aug. 24, for the crowds of ladies and more than a few men who came out to enjoy the twentieth annual celebration of "Ladies Night Out" and "Queen for a Day."
Twenty 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 annual event.
Event Chair Corrine Iurato believes this year's Ladies Night Out was record breaking.
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 including non-profit organizations along with those offering products and services involving women's health, fitness, beauty and fashion.
And for the seventh 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.
Representatives of the organization provided information about all its available services.
The highlight of the evening occurred when after Mayor Michael Newhard's introduction, Iurato placed a special crown on well-known community supporter Susan Dickes, 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