Getting Ahead of the Garden Party Game

Let the hat-hunting begin.

It’s that time of year in Wilmington when local women hit the streets and the interwebs searching for that one-of-a-kind, never bought or worn before special accessory that they will likely never wear again…The Azalea Festival Garden Party Hat. Well, ladies, there’s something fresh on the scene this year. Sure, you can stop by Belk, Dillard’s or any other department store to peruse a rack or two of hats sure to be found on other nearby heads, but now there’s Sista Hats, with, you guessed it, nothing but hand-selected women’s hats. Owned by Babi Duarte-Doerrer, Sista Hats’ inventory, on display at Rusted Rose Vintage on Oleander near Olympia Restaurant, doesn’t include look-alikes. In fact, Doerrer hasn’t and won’t buy the same hat twice. So, you can be sure to be the one and only this year. The president of the Cape Fear Garden Club herself perused Sister Hats’ shelves recently.

So, if you know the difference between fascinators, 1960s vintage derby hats, and belle hats, and you know the hat-style you’re looking for, then head to Sista Hats. Jewelry, other accessories, and a style book can help you pull it all together.

On the Schedule

Here’s a little Azalea Fest Preview, including important hat-wearing dates:

4/11 1-2:30pm Queen’s Tea – VIP Coronation Processional at Hotel Ballast *Buy the hat*

4/12 7pm Billy Currington with Drake White and the Big Fire, and Kenton Bryant

4/13 Azalea Festival Garden Party at Airlie Gardens *Buy the hat*

4/13  2-6pm After Garden Getdown at Bluewater Grill

4/13-15 Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour *Optional

4/13-15 Waterfront Street Fair in Downtown Wilmington

4/13 7pm 38 Special with Tuesdays Gone

4/14 7pm Ludacris with Childish Major

4/14 9pm Fireworks

4/14-15 Historic Home Tour *Optional

4/15 4-8pm Festival Finale Bluewater Grill

4/15 5pm Dark Star Orchestra

*There’s a long list of other daytime events that can be found here.

Find Sista Hats at Rusted Rose Vintage – 5629 Oleander Dr. in Wilmington. 

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