Bonnie Bing

Sorority hopes Ebony Fashion Fair will return

This has been a great holiday season, but if you sensed that something was missing from the usual schedule of events, you were right.

It was the Ebony Fashion Fair you missed.

The traveling fashion show, which features professional models showing American and European designs, didn't tour this year.

This is the first time in the 28 years I've been at The Eagle that I didn't hear from a member of Delta Sigma Theta, the local organization that has sponsored the show as a scholarship fundraiser the past 49 years. Usually the show is around Dec. 10.

Edith Knox, who has been a Delta Sigma Theta member since 1966, says she was disappointed the show was canceled by Johnson Publishing Co., the company that produces it.

"This would have been our 50th year and we've raised more than $250,000 in scholarship money," Edith said.

Sorority members want to make sure the community knows how much their support has meant to them.

"We are so appreciative. We haven't replaced the show with another event and we hope Ebony Fashion Fair will be back next year," she said.

Show producers say the economy was the reason the show went on hiatus.

But we hope by next year, the trunks of gorgeous haute couture can be packed up, the willowy models loaded onto a bus and the Ebony Fashion Fair makes its way here again. And it will be brought to us for the 50th time by the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta.

Resolutions redux _ I had to laugh when I came across a list of New Year's resolutions I had written in 2006.

Some things never change. I accomplished one thing on that list — and that happened just this year.

Let's see, if I can mark one thing off every couple of years, I'll have a clean slate by age 75. But wait, by then some resolutions will have to be added. Oh, well.

Once again on New Year's Day I'll sit down with pen and paper to write out my resolutions. I'll put it somewhere where I can't find it and won't come across it for years.

And the last item on the list will be the same thing I've written since fifth grade.

"Do better, Bonnie."

Have a safe, happy New Year's Eve and a great 2010.