Joyce’s enthusiasm and her persuasive nature allowed her to convince her friends that they needed to “jump on board and help with this event.”
Now five years later the Highlands Historical Society Dahlia Festival is a much-anticipated event.
In addition to the Flower Show, HHS supporters have made the Patrons’ Party a “must-be-there” event. Tickets sell out quickly. The festive venues have varied each year with one venue being an outdoor garden event, another being at OEI’s Farm and the last two years being at the Highlands Country Club. In 2016 party goers will attend at Highlands Falls Country Club. Lively Mariachi music and delicious food are combined with popular beverages to create a
This year the Highlands Civic Center was abuzz with more than 70 volunteers busily accepting beautiful dahlias from local growers who brought their flowers for the Flower Show competition. By 11:00 A.M. the entries were categorized and the show judges were busy evaluating the many blossoms. It’s so exciting to see all of the entries – from youngsters who are entering their first show, to seasoned growers who can tell you the specific names of each of their many blooms. Some people enter a single bloom; others brought a dozen or more. Especially eye-catching are the beautiful elaborate dahlia arrangements that are submitted by the hobbyists and the professionals.
Beginning at 1:00 P.M. the visitors flooded the civic center to view the many beautiful blossoms. Festival Chairperson Kitty Moore says, “We were so pleased that we had approximately 400 guests tour the Exhibit Hall to see the blossoms that the judges had eyed with great scrutiny. The public really supported us and that is much appreciated.”
Ribbons adorned the Best-of-the-Best. Best of Show went to the residents of Fidelia Eckerd Center for their entry submitted on their behalf by Ann Maxwell. Guests quickly grabbed up the beautiful dahlias arrangements that were being offered for sale.
The Dahlia Festival is the major fund-raising event for the Highlands Historical Society. All funds raised underwrite the Society’s many programs, plus provide funds for the maintenance and restoration of the Prince House (Highlands’ oldest residence within the town limits) and the Historic Museum. Thanks to everyone who made this event such a resounding success – the many volunteers, the dahlia growers who so generously shared their blossoms, and the many guests who came to view the beautiful flowers.
Plans are already under way for next year’s event. Watch for the details as they are announced.
by Wiley Sloan