Tell us your bridesmaid’s dress stories

Anyone see “27 Dresses”? The movie itself is no great shakes but it does feature a delightful scene in which a perpetual bridesmaid (played by Katherine Heigl of TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) models all 27 dresses she has been forced to wear over the years to her many friends’ weddings.

In February, the Jewish Light will publish its first magazine of the year, this one dedicated to weddings. One of the articles we are planning is a tribute to the bridesmaid’s dress, and for that we need your help. Specifically, we need your stories about what to do with old bridesmaid’s dresses besides wearing them to a costume party. We’re looking for creative approaches and we definitely want pictures if possible.

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To get the juices flowing, let me tell you a quick story about what a friend and former colleague used to do with hers.

Every summer, Sally and a group of her women friends would go on a float trip. They’d packed the requisite float trip items: sleeping bag, tent, food, beer and their favorite bridesmaid’s dress. At night, after they floated all day and set up camp, they’d each change into their bridesmaid’s dress and then sit around the campfire eating dinner and toasting marshmallows. Ridiculous, yes, but then again as Sally pointed out, what else are you going to do with an old bridesmaid’s dress?

That’s exactly what we need to know. Feel free to email me at [email protected] with your stories. Please be sure to include your name and a daytime telephone number.

* The Holocaust has long been fodder for dozens of books, movies and theatrical productions, so it should come as no big surprise that it is now the basis for a full-length ballet. On March 5 and 6, Ballet Magnificat!, a Christian dance company and school based in Jackson, Miss., will present “Hiding Place” at the Edison Theatre at Washington University.

The ballet “Hiding Place” is based on the memoir by the same name written by Corrie ten Boom, who was a devout Christian and a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. In 1942, ten Boom and her family became very active in the Dutch underground, hiding Jewish refugees. The Jews hid in a room that the ten Boom family had built in Corrie’s bedroom for them by an architect belonging to the Dutch Resistance. They are estimated with saving the lives of roughly 200 Jews.

Robert Kramer, who is St. Louis technical coordinator for the ballet, explained that the family was eventually captured, and ten Boom’s father and sister were killed, but added, “There is a surprise ending so I don’t want to say too much.

“This is a story that resonates,” he continued. “This is a Christian dance company that wants people to understand the background and the connection that this evangelical Christian family had to the Jews.”

Kramer said the ballet has toured throughout the world, including several stops to cities in Israel. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and can be gotten through the Edison Theatre box office at www.edisontheatre.wustl.edu. A limited number of free tickets will be provided to Holocaust survivors on a first-come, first-serve basis by calling 314-413-7562 and asking for Sheryl.

One interesting trivia factoid: Does the name Keith Thibodeaux ring a bell (or cymbal)? He happens to be the executive director of Ballet Magnificat! as well as the child star who played “Little Ricky Ricardo” on the legendary “I Love Lucy” show.

* Browsing the Huffington Post and the Forward websites recently discovered mention of the 16th annual “Fat and Beautiful” Pageant held last month Beersheba, Israel. Contestants had to be at least 176 pounds to enter and strut their stuff in casual and evening gown competitions, but no bathing suits.

Winner Moran Baranes of Beersheba, 22, weighed in at 205 pounds, both sites reported, adding that she’s a security guard who enjoys painting and dancing. She was awarded beauty products, jewelry, a trip abroad and an annual membership to a gym.