Point Reyes Light, May 31, 2007

Inverness Garden Club members, family and friends will promenade down Main Street shaded by unique and contemporary parasols in the parade on Sunday, June 3, 2007 as part of the festivities for the 58th Annual Western Weekend Parade sponsored by the West Marin Lions Club in Point Reyes Station, California. The parade begins at noon on Main Street. Thanks to Priscilla Troy, owner of Priscilla's Parasols of Nicasio, each one is creatively designed with flowers, fringe and feathers, and a few are conceptual creations denoting abstract emotions of femininity, festivity and even fear of the sun. Sometimes Priscilla blends modern Asian designs with 18th Century Parisian for dramatic effects. Demand for her original parasols started at wine country weddings, street festivals, spring graduations, and endless sporting events and has grown into a new line of contemporary everyday parasols for protection from the sun in an elegant way. Most parasols are made with UV-reflective, waterproof fabrics. A multi-media artist, Ms. Troy has exhibited throughout the United States and has recently received a Career Advancement Grant from the Marin Arts Council to support the creation of new textile blends and designs to be applied to functional outdoor artwork. Some of this research will be incorporated into her parasol launch. For more information, visit or call 415-662-9004. The Inverness Garden Club, a nonprofit organization on the Pt. Reyes peninsula is a 160-member group of men and women of all ages engaged in stimulating the knowledge and appreciation of gardening; providing college scholarships to qualified West Marin residents; promoting the beautification of the local community and protecting and preserving native plants and habitats. For more information, visit or call Mary Alice Fry at 415-663-8490.