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More than 500 women and a few men marked their calendars for May 7, the annual Spring Hat Luncheon sponsored by the PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. This year’s signature event took place at Riverview Park on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

HATS FROM WILKINSBURG AND PARIS—Peggy Harris and her daughter, Candice. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

Ladies donned fabulous hats for the occasion and it seemed that each hat had a story. Several hats were purchased out of the city or out of the country. A few were designed by local hat designer, Janice Burley Wilson. Hat designs went from the extreme to the newly popular small fascinator. It was hard to find someone without a hat and a hat story. Everywhere you looked there was beauty, the beautiful topiary centerpieces by Toadflax, the varied colorful tablecloths and the delightful lunch catered by The Duquesne Club.

This year, along with many local partners, the Parks Conservancy embarked on one of its most serious and urgent efforts to date: the preservation of our city’s trees. With the invaluable support of park lovers the Parks Conservancy has developed a Tree Action Plan that seeks to reduce tree loss and hasten recovery. One hundred native trees will be planted this fall in Riverview Park. Parks are special and help make Pittsburgh one of the most livable cities.

Next year’s Spring Hat Luncheon will be held May 5 in Frick Park.

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