Cloche, Fascinator or Merry Widow, All Crowns are Welcome at HATitude Brunch and Party at the ZORA! (TM) Festival

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No matter your style of bonnet, a hat will allow you entry to HATitude Brunch and Party at the ZORA! (TM) Festival.

HATitude Brunch and Party, where fun, fashion and food come together.

Ms Moore is known for her many Wardrobe and Hat changes during the HATitude Brunch & Party.

"I grew up in the South, and at that time, women always wore hats, so I grew up in the habit of hats ... I think that a hat adds to the character of a woman. It is the finishing touch."

Fun, fashion, food and fellowship is one way to describe the HATitude Brunch and Party. This event, which could be considered a staple at the ZORA! (TM) Festival, commemorates the writer's penchant for hats. But it also places the attendees in the spotlight as they celebrate their chapeaus.

African American women have had a long history with elegant hats. Likely rooted in biblical tradition, regardless of a woman’s standing in life, on Sunday when in church, she was not fully dressed unless she wore an elaborate hat to compliment her dress and shoes.    

Mrs Anne V. Moore, the curator of this year’s HATitude Brunch and Party, recalls that tradition. "I grew up in the South, and at that time, women always wore hats, so I grew up in the habit of hats. My mother was domestic help, like you would see in the movie 'The Help,' but she would design hats using scraps of fabric. That was how I grew to love hats. I think that a hat adds to the character of a woman. It is the finishing touch."

"I enjoy the HATitude Brunch and Party,” Moore added. “Every year I come to HATitude with four or five friends of mine from New Jersey. We call ourselves the New Jersey /North East Connection. We usually plan three costume changes, where we coordinate our clothes and hats. This year we will wear Animal Behavior, followed by All That Glitters, and then by Sophisticated Ladies. We will have fun!”

Join Mrs Moore and her friends on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 10:00 am through 1:00 pm at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland. Tickets cost $55.00 for adults aged 21 and over, including seniors, $40 for youth aged 12 to 20, $35.00 for children 11 and under. One thing to note, “you won’t get in, if you don’t wear a hat.”

About the ZORA! (TM) Festival
The ZORA! (TM) Festival celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality; and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world. The mission of the Association to Preserve Eatonville Community (P.E.C.) is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, to educate the public about the town’s historic and cultural significance, and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.

The Presenting Sponsor for ZORA! (TM) Festival 2014 is Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. Major funding is also provided by these Community Partners: Florida Blue; Harper Collins Publishers, InGlur Inc, TeKontrol Inc., UCF Office of the President, UCF College of Arts & Humanities, the Zora Neale Hurston Institute for Documentary Studies, Visit Orlando and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

The Festival schedule is available online at http://www.zorafestival.org. Information about individual events can also be obtained by following the Festival’s social media profiles on Facebook and Twitter, or by calling 407-647-3307.

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