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The Rusty Nail banquet room in Twins Lakes was recently transformed into a ladies-only retreat as members of Coterie V hosted Emma's Pajama Party.
The inaugural event was established to provide much-needed pajamas to children in shelters and transitional housing and to provide funds for the historic preservation of the Patton House, the Victorian anchor of West Main Street in Kent.
Guests clad in a variety of flannel, silk and fanciful pajamas arrived to a candlelit entry and entered the venue to find it decorated with tissue pomanders, a seating area, and pink accents throughout the room.
Event sponsors, known as Pajama Princesses, were offered sparkly crowns to thank them for their participation.
A "desserts first" buffet was the focus of the room, containing a chocolate fountain, along with a variety of sweets and confections.
Signature "Pajamatinis" were a hit among the attendees, as was the light buffet.
A photo booth was busy all evening and provided a source of laughter and amusement as ladies posed in a variety of costumes with friends. The popular "spa corner" was complete with candles and calming scents.
Stress-reducing chair massages were offered by two therapists from Northcoast Medical Training Academy in Kent, supervised by department head Wendy Jo Marsinek, who also offers massage therapy through Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage Center.
A silent auction featured items donated by many partners in the community, including Wendy Fiebig, the Davey Tree Expert Co., Don Joseph Toyota, Bistro on Main, Jessica's Sweet Tooth, McKay Bricker, Riverside Wine/Imports, Plaza Theater, Poetic Portraiture, Ray's Place, Hungry Howie's, Laziza, The Works, Richards Flowers, Evelyn Dickerson Salon, Hometown Bank, SPCCross Fit, Second Sole, Campus Bookstore and The Fairways at Twin Lakes.
Heated bidding occurred for a pizza party offered by Michelle and Garret Ferrara and for a Kent State University chair signed by the championship 2012 baseball team.
Anne Marie Mann of Kent Social Services offered comments to update the group on the rising needs among families seeking shelter and assistance in Portage County. Donations may be sent to "Emma's Pajamas" in care of Kent Social Services.
Coterie's Karen Fuller discussed the importance of preserving the Patton House.
Lifelong Kent resident Emma Patton bequeathed her beautiful home to Kent Coterie Inc. in the 1920s as a gathering place for Coterie members and the Kent community.
Adorned with elegant stained-glass windows, rich oak trim and a broad front porch, it remains a wonderful venue for small parties, showers and meetings. Donations may be sent to Kent Historical Society, earmarked "Patton House."
The members of Coterie V, after careful review of guest feedback, are busy planning next year's event.
Committee members include Jenny Arthur, Anne Boyles, Rachel Carter, Sue Cudworth, Meghann Featherstun, Lori Ferrara, Michele Ferrara, Anna Flynn, Brooke Joy, Kelly Kennedy, Rebekah Kulis, Whitney Marken, Susan Mileski, Barb Pfeiffer, Anne Rogers, DeeAnna Seaholts, Rachel Slippy and Cathy Sopko.
Coterie V was formed in 2007 with legacy members of Coterie 1, 2, 3, and 4. The group meets once a month for programs and dinner.