P.J. Keller and her mother, Joann Bodle, smiled and laughed Saturday afternoon as they tried on hats from the Hataritaville Hat vendor during the Radcliff Woman’s Club’s sixth annual Christmas in July event.
As Bodle tried on a pink hat with orange lilies on top, Keller complimented her on how it matched her outfit.
“She wore the right outfit to match everything,” Keller said.
Keller said Bodle’s 91st birthday is at the end of the month and she traveled from Harrisonburg, Virginia, to celebrate it with her. While she’s here, Keller said they are “taking in the local flavor.”
Keller, who has lived in the area for about nine years, said it was her first time attending Christmas in July, which featured 25 vendors.
“I like it,” she said.
Keller said she made a contact with a local artist at the event, who she commissioned to create a piece for her.
Also enjoying her time at Christmas in July was Hardin County resident Theo Myers, who attends every year.
“You find different things with different vendors. It is always cool,” she said. “There is some neat stuff.”
Woman’s Club member Maria Batistoni said the purpose of the event is to raise money for scholarships for high school seniors and to support the Alzheimer’s Association.
“One of our members is actually suffering from Alzheimer’s, so it is a good fit that we can help in some way,” she said.
Batistoni said it also gives residents an opportunity for early Christmas shopping.
“You can buy some of your gifts now and save them for Christmas. This way you are not buying everything at the last minute,” she said.
After visitors were finished shopping upstairs, they could go downstairs for a dinner and auction. The food was provided by club members and donations from local restaurants.
Some of the auction items included admission to the Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Kingdom tickets, Churchill Downs tickets, Derby Museum admission, Derby posters, baskets, a tasting at Boundary Oaks, Barbara Proffitt’s cakes and pies.
Batistoni said she was going to bid to be mayor of Radcliff for a day, which also was an item up for auction.
“I think it is a great way to raise money and to help the community,” she said. “That is what we are here for, to help the community and to help one another.”
Bastitoni also reminded the community to save the date Dec. 9, when the club presents its annual Taste of Radcliff.