Points West: Galena businesses to host Ladies Getaway events

13th annual weekend offers shopping, fashion and fun Sept. 7-10 in downtown Galena

GALENA, Ill.—The annual Ladies Getaway Weekend, an event that lures hundreds of women to Galena for a weekend of shopping, fashion and fun, returns Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 7-10, with events sponsored by the Galena Downtown Business Association.

The Main Street Fashion Show from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8, at the historic DeSoto House, kicks off the first of the merchant group’s contribution to the weekend. Models from Main Street’s boutiques will present a unique selection of “Galena casual” apparel, classic fashions and distinctive accessories. Door prizes, carnations for the ladies and a cash bar are also included. Admission is free with advance registration for the getaway weekend. Tickets at the door are $5.

Saturday, Sept. 9, the Association will host its first Quarter Mania Auction from 7 to 10 p.m. in the DeSoto’s ballroom. More than 100 items, including gourmet chocolate, florals, restaurant and lodging gift certificates, specialty gifts and jewelry and home decor, will be up for grabs in an exciting Quarter Mania Auction. A cash bar, with dessert and entertainment provided by the GDBA, top off the night’s activities. Admission to the auction is a quarter. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Relay for Life’s cancer research.

The weekend will also include parties, shopping, tastings, teas, talks and demonstrations. For more about the getaway weekend, call the Galena Area Chamber of Commerce at (815) 777-9050. For information about shopping, dining, lodging and more, visit www.galena.org or call the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau toll-free at (877) 464-2536.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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