Wow! What a great weekend! The show was real
success, and there are many reasons why. Most important, we had great
participation from our members. Almost everyone was a contributor,
whether of time and effort, or of roses to exhibit, or both, or just to
drop in for awhile and offer hospitality and advice - and it made a
difference. I think we saw each of our members at some point during
the weekend, and I think a few people were at our show for the entire
time! A case in point - Jacquie Perry and Susan Barbuty prepared a
delicious buffet breakfast and lunch, and remained in the building to
dispense their hospitality almost non-stop. Fred Frappier was always
somewhere in the building or in the area, and so was Matt Beasley, both
Bill Langford set up the bones of the show on
Friday, arranging the display tables in a perfect way to showcase the
roses. Bill was also on hand frequently throughout the weekend, either in
person or by phone, to advise and answer questions. Suellen Granberry-Hager
and Jan Warshauer, among others, spent hours helping with our setup Friday
and Saturday morning. Ampy de la Cruz got us off to a great start Saturday
morning with her beautiful flower arrangements for the cut flower table.
Two of our newer members, Debbie Slavsky and Jodi Goodell, were a cheerful
presence at the welcome/information desk on Saturday, passing out the bead
bags and explaining the voting concept to visitors. New member Mary Beth
Hight helped both days of the show, in several ways. Master Rosarian
Evelyn Rose shared her knowledge with members and visitors on Saturday.
Jeff Nann helped on Sunday, greeting visitors and answering questions.
Early Saturday morning, Matt built us a pile of
wooden frames for Michelle Gash's many excellent signs, and supervised
their placement (or re-placement!!) throughout the grounds. I think those
signs will last for many years, they're so well built! Kathy's arrow signs
sent people on a Rose Show hunt, spinning in the wind in every direction!!
Matt and Patty's friend Agnes Stillwell was around all weekend, helping in
many ways - she finally became a member on Sunday afternoon, and we're
lucky to have her! Dena Walls came up with our voting strategy, and
spent hours cutting up the Mardi Gras beads used for casting ballots.
And Hope Reis, as she has for many years, donated another of her beautiful
paintings to be awarded for First Prize, Most Votes Cast. It was won by a
newcomer, Denise Domlesky, from Pembroke Pines, who will be joining us at
the May meeting's Rose Bingo, we hope. Debbie Coolidge, our Past
President, was a constant source of advice and experience.
But the show could not have gone on without show
chairperson Patty Beasley's energy, positive attitude, and planning.
She and Matt rounded up prizes for the very successful raffle, and for the
prize table. Patty did a great job, guided by the advice of Debbie
Coolidge and Bill Langford. And this was the first Rose Show she had even
seen, let alone organized! Bravo Patty!
Our members brought many, many beautiful roses, and
the tables were full, with each class having several exhibits. To those
who entered their beautiful roses, whether or not you won a prize, your
roses all deserve Honorable Mention. They were gorgeous!
Any roses which were not entered in competition
were contributed to the cut rose table. These cut flowers were very
popular and sold well. People enjoyed the voting, and all the visitors
seemed to have a good time. For example, at one point on Saturday,
five young men from a wedding party came in to the show, and bought roses
for their lapels, and you can imagine the kibitzing and joking during that
The public responded to our inviting signs, and we
had almost 200 people visit us. Because they were voting, they
slowed down, and really looked at each rose. Most people commented
that they were amazed at how beautifully our roses grew in this area and
climate, and several people joined our society to learn how.
To each of our members, all of whom have supported
the Rose Show in some way, a big thank you. And thank you to our members'
friends and family who also helped out. It was a successful show, and on
top of that, it was fun!
For more fun, come join us at our next meeting, May
22, which will be a Rose Bingo. The last time we did this everyone
had a great time, and the prizes will be roses, or garden oriented items.
We're hoping our new members will attend, because this will be our last
meeting before the summer break.
Until then, thank you all for a very good Rose
Kathy Rose and Fred Frappier, co-presidents