Crazy Hat Bingo

Crazy Hat Bingo Party Raises Money for High Falls Civic Association - Celebrity Judges give Prizes for Best Headwear. Civic Association now Planning Special Events for Spring and Summer: High Falls Annual Pet Fair, Garden Show, and Fair Day

More than seventy people attended the March 29 Crazy Hat Bingo Party, all dressed in colorful hats that ranged from the artistic to the outrageous. The record crowd ensured a financial sucess for the High Falls Civic Association (HFCA) and a fun evening for all in attendance.

The Bingo game, now an annual tradition, was held at the Marbletown Community Center on Rt 209. A variety of Bingo games were played, from the basic pattern to the tricky "High Falls" pattern. The numbers were called in melifluous tones by the multi-talented HFCA president, Stephen Gilman.

The centerpiece of the evening was a Crazy Hat contest. Celebrity judges were: comedienne Denny Dillon (who also emcee'd the event), singer-actress Diva Haase and 2007 Tony Award winner (for the musical "Grey Gardens") Mary Louise Wilson. They kept the crowd laughing and on their toes throughout the evening.

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The winners of the most Environmentally Friendly or Green Hat were Colleen Bicknese and Charlie Farruggio:
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Winners in other categories included: Sue Paterson, Most Humorous; Jamie Niblock and John Krenek, Most Stylish; and Vaughn Smith, Judges Choice.
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"This is the toughest decision we ever had to make," said judge Denny Dillon. "Tougher than any acting role I've ever had."

All hat contest winners received gift prizes donated by area merchants. Food, drink, and dessert for Bingo players was donated by local business people. The event was organized by Kelly and Bill Merchant, respectively Vice President and Treasurer of the Civic Association, and Jay Blotcher.

The monies raised by Crazy Hat Bingo will help underwrite three major events this spring and summer. They are:

Review by Jay Blotcher; Crazy Hat Bingo 2008 Photos by Kelly Merchant. If you are interested in having a print of any of these photos, please contact Kelly at If you would like to learn more about Kelly's work, please visit her website at