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The Homesteader's Newsletter > SAVE THE DATES! HSOT March Programs

Feb 24, 2020

The Little Girl and the “prettiest child in the Tonawandas!”
Where did she go and what did she do?
Let’s break into Spring with an exciting Two-Evening Program Event

Thursday, March 26, 2020 • 5:30 pm cocktails • 6:30 pm dinner Niawanda Park Pavilion • 600 Niagara Street • Tonawanda

Welcome Trina Robbins, joining us from California bringing a PowerPoint presentation about her predecessor and the little girl from Tonawanda - Gladys Parker.

Gladys was born March 21, 1908. Raised in the Tonawandas, then after High School took her sewing machine and talent to the Big Apple and on to Los Angeles where she was a fashion designer in Hollywood and added her wit to cartoons like “Flapper Fanny” and created her own comic character “Mopsy” the sharp dresser with a tongue to match. “Mopsy” would run over three decades.

Trina Robbins will give us an unusual perspective on Gladys Parker’s life as only another cartoonist/fashion designer can do.

Join us to celebrate Gladys Parker’s birthday with dinner by Jim Fingerlow’s “Just Say Cheesecake”, enjoy our speaker, and view an original dress designed by Gladys, along with a selection of her cartoon work. The tete a tete between Mopsy’s male characters are clever and speak to the era of jazz and flappers and even WWII.


Jazz Party with Cartoonist Trina Robbins
Friday, March 27, 2020 • 5:30-8:30
Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry Street, North Tonawanda

The Historical Society of the Tonawanda will be holding a Jazz Party with an opportunity to find out more about Trina Robbins and her career as cartoonist, fashion designer, activist, author, and historian. She was the first woman to draw “Wonder Woman”, dressed Mama Cass, Donavan, and others. She created the comic mini-series for girls called “Meet Misty” that encouraged girls to send in fashion designs for the characters and challenged them to problem-solve the issues they faced. Trina jumped into the Aids crisis by working on an Aids benefit book; she joined with Liz Schiller (NOW) to form a publishing company, Angry Isis Press, and Trina fought hard in the tough business of comics.

She was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2017 for creative achievement in American comic books, which is considered the equivalent of the Academy Award in the comics industry.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a “Mopsy Cocktail” along with sumptuous hors d’oeuvres by Webster’s Bistro, jazz music, and time to hear about Trina’s own career and her experiences with Mama Cass, Sonny Bono, Jim Morrison and the like.

Reservations are required for both events - click on the links below to download a PDF file of the event flyer.



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