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Flair for events brings out a crowd of neighbors


By Suzanne Fulton. Rick Skean and Patricia Sullivan, who share cooking as a hobby, put on a special luncheon and fashion show in September for ladies in Bailey’s Glen. The couple prepared the meal, bought the wine and even organized give-away items from local merchants. There was even chamber music, courtesy of Hough High students.

Ladies were treated to brut or sparkling pomegranate punch served by bow-tied male greeters as well as a hand-made Bailey’s Irish Cream-infused truffle in a pretty handmade box.

Skean and Sullivan, who live in Bailey’s Glen, had considerable experience catering upscale private parties in McLean, Va. But friends and neighbors helped, as well as Lisa Venancio, lifestyle director at Bailey’s Glen. “Our friend Toni Hamilton was our right-hand in this production,” Skean says. Five Baiely’s Glen men were servers.

Six neighbors and two Bailey’s Glen staffers modeled outfits by Chico’s and hair styles by Valeria Salon/Med Spa/Boutique. Skean, who has professional acting experience, delivered the Chico’s script, which focused on fringe, lace, faux leather, stirrup pants and other current fashion trends.

There were prizes from Dressler’s, Red Rocks, Total Wine, Chico’s, Valeria Salon, Wild Birds Unlimited, Savory Spice Shop, as wells as Sullivan and Skean.