Area residents have the opportunity to browse gowns from the Texas Rose Festival Pageant, the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant, costumes from various ballet productions and other commercial gowns in an exhibit that opened Sunday.
The ninth annual Festivals Gone By exhibit, which is free, will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday through Oct. 16, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays at Prestige Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care Center, 6928 Paluxy Drive.
The display every year brings in beautiful things for residents of Prestige Estates to see and also is a way for Prestige Estates to give back to the community by opening the event to the public, said JoAnne McMeans, community relations liaison.
At least a dozen gowns from the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant are on display, including six from McMeans, who was the 2015-16 Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant queen.
Gowns from the Texas Rose Festival pageant are exhibited, including gowns of duchesses and ladies-in-waiting, with one from 1981.
The commercial division will show three gowns, one from Brides & Belles and two from Classic Boutique.
The display also will include a gown worn by Ann Russell, of Tyler, in a local production of "Auntie Mame" in the mid-1990s.
The exhibit will show several costumes made by Pattie Patterson, a Tyler classical ballet instructor who operates On Stage Dance Academy.
Also in the collection will be the 1970 tutu that Patterson wore in a dance recital at the McFarland Auditorium at Southern Methodist University, and a tutu that one of her students wore in a 2011 production of "Sleeping Beauty" at Robert E. Lee High School.
Costumes that Patterson’s students wore representing a rose, the sun and a bumblebee in a recital titled “The Seasons” will be on display.
The exhibit also will include costumes for characters Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Wendy in the Ballet Tyler production of "Peter Pan" and two costumes from the production of "Boar’s Head," the medieval telling of the birth of Christ, at First Christian Church.