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Woman has collection of 150 hats for Kentucky Derby


Jean Waters, 80, has amassed so many hats, she's letting the women of Village on the Green borrow them Saturday Jean Waters has so many hats, she's loaning them to her friends on the one day of the year that wearing an elaborate hat is very much in style: Kentucky Derby day.


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Jean Waters has so many hats, she's loaning them to her friends on the one day of the year that wearing an elaborate hat is very much in style: Kentucky Derby day.Waters, who owns more than 150 hats, will provide the head fashions for the ladies at Village on the Green, a seniors community in Longwood that's having a Kentucky Derby celebration Saturdayvar adSkipCounter = 0; "Hats complete the outfit," said Waters, 80"It gives you a more formal look."A collector and wearer of hats for most of her life, Waters has a hat for almost every occasion, and in every colorShe has straw hatsFelt hatsGreen hatsBlack HatsHats with laceHats with silk and hats she found at Walmart for less than $5."Whatever looks good on her is my favorite at the time," said her husband of 54 years, Paul Waters.Before moving to Village on the Green two years ago, Waters owned more than 350 hats and stored them in a hat closet at the couple's home in OrlandoHer fascination with hats began at an early age because her mother often wore them to church on Sundays.Working alongside her husband in the commercial real-estate business for almost 35 years, Waters often wore a different hat each day — and it always matched her outfit, she said.She had to downsize her collection several years ago when she moved, donating more than 200 hats to Orlando Health's MD Anderson Cancer Center.Her pared-down collection of about 150 was on display Friday in the dining room at Village on the GreenWaters brought them out so her fellow residents could pick one to wear on Derby day and take part in the horse race's tradition of donning fancy hats."I had no idea this is how many you had," said Dorothy Stark, another resident"Can I borrow one?"Of course, said WatersSo Stark, 81, decided on a gold-colored straw hat decorated with a silk, animal-print scarf.Waters said she hadn't yet picked the one she'll wear to the Kentucky Derby party, and won't know until she chooses an outfit."I know I'll have a hat to match it," Waters said.jbusdeker@tribune.com or 407-420-6226Featured ArticlesDaytona Pier reopens with Joe's Crab ShackFlorida's got beaches for dog day afternoonsFlorida beaches moving up on DrBeach best beaches in the U.SlistMORE:Lottery results for Powerball, Florida LottoDo your homework before painting or sealing cool deckVero plaza sells for $11.5MPuerto Rico birth certificates: How to get a new oneLottery results for Powerball, Florida LottoLottery results for Powerball, Florida Lotto if(navigator.userAgent.indexOf("MSIE") >= 0){ setTimeout(function() { //Fixed IE issue- Ref Bug 17996 var openxframe= frames["openxi-339767"].document; openxframe.open(); openxframe.write('if (!window.OX_ads) { OX_ads = []; } OX_ads.push({ "auid" : "339767" });'); window.openxframe.close();; },200); }else{ var openxframe= frames["openxi-339767"].document; openxframe.open(); openxframe.write('if (!window.OX_ads) { OX_ads = []; } OX_ads.push({ "auid" : "339767" });'); window.openxframe.close();; } Related ArticlesHats Off To HatsJuly 8, 1990Fisherman Drowns Trying To Retrieve HatApril 25, 1988Hat Makers On Top Of Trend As Fashion Takes Formal TurnMarch 21, 1990Find More Stories AboutOrlando HealthIndex by Keyword|Index by Date|Privacy Policy|Terms of Service

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