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There are photos below of an excellent event held at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington (Long Island, NY).¬† The movie America’s Victoria: The Victoria Woodhull Story, by director Victoria Weston, was shown. In 1872, before women had the right to vote, Woodhull was the first woman candidate for US President. She ran on the “Equal Rights Party” ticket, with the support of key figures from the woman’s suffrage movement and spiritual movement. “The Woodhull”, as her supporters sometimes called her, is an important third party figure.

There was also a special guest at the event – Victoria Bond. Victoria Bond is an internationally recognized composer/conductor. She has an opera, “Mrs. President”, about Victoria Woodull, scenes of which were played. I have known of the wonderful work of Victoria Bond when she was the conductor of the Roanoke Symphony in Virginia, so it was a treat to get to meet her and hear her speak. Victoria Bond is hosting a series with new music by various composers at Symphony Space in New York City in April. And, she is interested in finding support and the best venue to premiere her work, “Mrs. President.”

Fan Kimberly Wilder (l) with composer/conductor Victoria Bond

Fan Kimberly Wilder (l) with composer/conductor Victoria Bond

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I will try to do a longer, summary post late tonight or tomorrow about the choices all the characters in this Inauguration Day wore.

Some early impressions:

Many people are noting that while the focus today will be on Barack Obama and his speech, the focus tonight – the socializing part – will be more on Michelle Obama (and her dress.)

For Inauguration Day – which includes a church service – Michelle Obama wore “a sparkling gold sheath dress with matching coat by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo” (from AP story.) People are calling the dress yellow or gold-yellow. And, the color is said to symbolize hope for our country. It had an elegant, long coat. Barack Obama is dressed like any male government official, trying to look plain and authoritative in a black coat. He has on a dark suit, white shirt, and red tie.

I hate to be catty…but…I am not sure it was proper on a day like today for Jill Biden – the wife of the new Vice President – to wear shiny, high boots. Being even more catty, I did the math, and she is pretty young, younger than me. So, maybe this is her assertion of her youth and beauty!

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