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Photos and fun from the Girls’ Getaway

By ANDREA ALBERT

For MediaOnePA

On Saturday, May 15, over 150 York County women came out to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center for a much-needed afternoon with the girls. Smart Magazine teamed up with primary event sponsor White Rose Matchmaker to kick off the 1st annual Girls’ Getaway for a Day.

While registering for the no charge event, guests were asked to pick their favorite chick flick from a list of 10 classics like Steel Magnolias and When Harry Met Sally. The film receiving the most votes was shown later in the after in the Capitol Cinema.

We opened the doors at 1 p.m. to a crowd of attendees all eager to get inside The Strand and explore the 13 women-friendly vendors therein. Upon entry, each guest was given a Swag Bag packed with a SmartMama Handbook and other goodies from our event contributors. The bright pink swag bags were made possible in part by our bag sponsor, Curves.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful spread of delicious food from White Rose Bar & Grill. Everyone nibbled on sweet chili chicken, crab dip, tri-colored tortilla chips, stuffed cucumbers and assorted fruits and cheeses. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages were available, as well as alcoholic options at the cash bar.

The vendor showcase represented a range of area businesses, from a gym just for women to a belly-dancing guru to mobile airbrush tanning. Event attendees had the opportunity to get to know these local business owners face-to-face at their booths.

Guests had the chance to try out and learn more about their products and services. Some women walked away with a fresh spray tan, while others found the perfect gift and more. The vendors present at the Getaway were: White Rose Matchmaker, Cupid’s Closet, Appleby Windows, Bailey Travel, Crystal’s Casbah, Mary Kay Make Up and Skincare with Dana Sykes, Smart Magazine, Wildtree All-Natural Food Products, Collage, Jersey Airbrush Tanning, Curves, Yakes Travel, Downtown, Inc. and Kimman’s.

Not only was the afternoon a free event for all, each guest also had the chance to win big. Up for grabs were four passes to Hersheypark and Dutch Wonderland, a $100 gift card to Bella Cheveux Hair Salon, an Allison Burns clutch courtesy of Flair Fashions, a discounted membership to White Rose Matchmaker, $25 off any 2010 one-day bus trip with Bailey Travel, one year newspaper subscription, and a gift card with jewelry care items from Leon Ness Jewelry Barn.

Promptly at 3:15 p.m., guests moved next door to the movie theatre for a screening of the afternoon’s winning film, The Devil Wears Prada. Just before show time, emcee Cory Messinger (along with the help of Girls’ Getaway guest Mary Smith) officially welcomed everyone to the Getaway and announced the winners to our giveaways. Shortly thereafter, the lights soon went down and the film played on. Later as the closing credits rolled across the movie screen, the carefree Girls’ Getaway for a Day drew to a close. It was a relaxing afternoon out; good times were had by all in attendance!

Thank you to the following event sponsors for helping to make this day such a success!

Event Co-Sponsor: White Rose Matchmaker

Swag Bag Sponsor: Curves

Food Sponsor: White Rose Bar & Grill

Silver Sponsors (including Swag Bag item):

Downtown Inc.

Kimman’s

Yakes Travel

Appleby Windows

Mary Kay by Dana Sykes

Wildtree by Deb Sullivan & Donna Bubans

Smart Magazine

Bronze Sponsors:
Collage
Cupid’s Closet
Jersey Airbrush Tanning
Crystal’s Casbah
Bailey Travel
Swag Bag Sponsors:
Flair Fashions
The Women’s Healthcare Group
Bella Cheveux Hair Studio
Par Exsalonce Salon & Day Spa
ArtFX & The Bead Gallery

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