A day for women to let their hair down

  • By Theresa Goffredo Herald writer
  • Thursday, November 1, 2007 4:58pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

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Ladies, leave the family at home.

This event is all about you, baby. It’s about you laughing, dancing, trying a new hairdo, eating cake. It’s a day when women can be whacky, try something whimsical and forget for a little while about being wives, workers or moms.

And it’s free.

It’s the 10th annual Girls Night Out. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. and go to 5 p.m., or later, on Saturday. You can make a day of it or pop in for just a few hours of fun.

The central locale of Girls Night Out is the historic Monte Cristo Hotel on Wall Street in downtown Everett. Parking is free in the upper lot behind the Monte Cristo.

The Monte Cristo is the home of the Arts Council of Snohomish County, the host of this annual event which gallery store manager Elizabeth Smith called “an event like no other.”

“All the activities we plan for are geared toward women, to give them a chance to let their hair down and just do something we don’t normally get to do in our busy lives,” Smith said. “And to get crazy.”

When women arrive on Saturday they will find inside the whole lower floor of the hotel 30 local vendors who will present the latest styles in clothing, jewelry, accessories and vintage wear.

There also will be games, performances and other activities. For instance, hair stylists are at the ready to help you redesign your “do” to give you a new look. “It’s a chance to play dress up,” Smith said.

There also will be belly dancers and other musicians to watch and hear, and the chance to learn the Hula-Hoop.

Once you’ve burned a few calories doing that, you’ll be ready for the “cake walk,” a frivolous foray through a number of cakes made by local artists. Most aren’t edible, but watch out … some are.

Once you’ve had your fill at the Monte Cristo, you can walk around downtown and visit other local merchants and businesses. The arts council will provide a complete list of those participating in Girls Night Out; some on the list include J Matheson Gifts, Kitchen and Gourmet, Zippy’s Java Lounge and Renee’s clothing. Three antique malls, Bayview Antique Mall, Vintage Violets and Faded Elegance, are putting on a joint “All Together Vintage” event.

Though it doesn’t cost anything to play during Girls Night Out, women can certainly find a way to spend some money if they have to.

“If you are thinking about what to buy for the holidays, you could get your shopping started with unique items, things you are not going to find anywhere else,” Smith said.

To make a whole day of it, women can also visit historic Everett Theatre, which is hosting an animation festival celebrating women in an event called “Girls Night In (Animation).”

For those women who might be new to Girls Night Out, think of it as something totally different to do on a Saturday, Smith said.

“If you are looking for something to do with your girlfriend and you don’t want to go to a bar or the mall or go to the movies, then this is an experience to share with your girlfriends,” Smith said. “And it’s one that you are going to remember.”

Reporter Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424 or goffredo@heraldnet.com

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