Shall We Dance

                 Silver Screen to Mainstream



 Setting the tone for the evening: Verneccia Etienne and Jacqueline Novak.   






By Megan McKinney


Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and ’40s, the exhibit that opened recently at the Chicago History Museum and will remain in place until early next year, confirms what those of us devoted to Turner Classic Movies have known all along: Much of the marvelous look of the 1930s and ’40s was Hollywood inspired.


Our Glorious Chicago History Museum.


The Thirties! The Forties! Hollywood!
What a great opportunity for the ladies—and gentlemen—of the museum’s Costume Council to stage a champagne-infused occasion to celebrate the opening of the exhibit.

Round up more than 150 party enthusiasts, throw in displays of elegant ballroom dancing by the popular Meghan and Igor Afonkin, bring in Michael Lerich and His Orchestra and you have a party. Shall We Dance co-chairs Pamella Capitanini, Karen Peters and Richard Weinberg picked up on this immediately and it’s precisely what they did. Here are the results.


Co-chairs Richard Weinberg, Pamella Capitanini and Karen Peters.


Presenting sponsor, Liz Stiffel, and CHM President Gary T. Johnson.


Diane and Richard Weinberg.


Sheryl Dyer and Joe Schmidt.


Host Committee Member Joan Clifford and guests.


Event Program and tablescape.


Eli’s Cheesecake was an in-kind contributor to the evening.


A Silent Auction was an important element of Shall We Dance.


  Yet it was Meghan and Igor Afonkin who truly personified the evening.



Photo Credit: Sean Su

Author Photo: Robert F. Carl