May 1 was a beautiful sunny day and there was a notable “Song” in the air, not a lyrical song but the many designs of hat designer Luke Song were spotted among the flowers and trees. Many of the hats worn in Highland Park at the 12th Annual Spring Hat Luncheon presented by PNC and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy had that Song touch and had been purchased when Song was in town in April for the Patron Party hosted by Ritchie Scaife (hat luncheon honorary chair).

TRIO IN BLACK AND WHITE—Allyson Wynn, Candi Castleberry Singleton and Angela Arrington.

Song is based near Detroit and designed the gray chapeau that Aretha Franklin wore to President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Song donated a portion of all Pittsburgh hat sales made between the party and the luncheon to the conservancy. More than 600 arrived at the tents just off Highland Avenue to mix and mingle and get a good look at all the other ladies’ hats and to parade their hats in front of the Pittsburgh paparazzi.

This year there appeared to be a large number of first-timers to the Hat Luncheon, who truly enjoyed this Derby Day-like event minus the horses. During the reception guests sipped on champagne and sparkling water. The lunch, catered by the Duquesne Club, was light and delectable. As always the luncheon program was brief so the “Where did you get your hat?” conversation could continue.

INAUGURATION HAT DESIGNER STOPS IN PITTSBURGH—Luke Song, right, and Susie Dorrance (wearing a Luke Song design).

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has completed numerous projects in Highland Park. The Entry Garden was restored in 2005 and in 2006 the Conservancy worked with the city of Pittsburgh to create a series of seasonal pools along Washington Boulevard. The mission of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy improves the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with the city.

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