From Jane Johnson:
'The 1912 Cartela was in the limelight on Sunday with a fashion parade that covered most of the ten decades that the steamship has provided a passenger service around Tasmania. The show was organised by Shop@Franklin and included a high tea as a fundraising gesture for the Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta.
Post WW1 saw an era where fashion was a period of carefree release and all on board enjoying the high tea on Sunday, relived the frisky glamour that was skilfully created by the organisers, models, clothes, hairstyles and accessories. On arrival, guests were greeted with suitably-local “Apple Orchard Punch” and the professionalism and humour of compere Georgie Fitzgerald. All 100 passengers on board the Cartela were ready to be a part of the period of carefree release. Sunshine streamed in the upperdeck which made the fashion viewing a little warmer than most would have wanted but as music changed with the decades, each person felt a special part of the eras that they identified with. With support from local businesses, it demonstrated how successful and enjoyable fundraiser events can be for the whole community. The High Tea was an impressive assortment of savoury and sweet tasters provided by “Women On Water”, hosts of the International event to be held in February 2015.'
Anyone keen to be involved with the community-building movement of St Ayles Skiffs can join “Come and Try” sessions at the Living Boat Trust in Franklin on Nov 22 and Nov 29 from 9 to 11am, or see the skiffs at the Huon Show on Nov 15. For further information about the Regatta, visit
www.tasskiffie2015.org or ph 62663224