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Mayors' Reception Kicks Off America in Bloom Symposium

by Bobby Blair
October 6, 2017

See a typical HIB meeting  in panic mode in the video above.

Below, 1st Vice President of America in Bloom and former Mayor of Arroyo Grande California, Tony Ferrara, opens up the Mayors' Reception Thursday eve at the Sheraton Tara in Framingham Massachusetts

Holliston Massachusetts was well represented at the event which highlighted the advantages of AIB to participating communities. Above left to right, Rep. Carolyn Dykema, AIB President Katy Moss Warner, Holliston Town Administrator Jeff Ritter, Selectmen Mark Ahronian and Kevin Conley. Selectman Jay Marsden arrived a little later in the evening. Earlier in the day, Weston Nurseries and Ahronian Landscape hosted a lunch for early attendees to the symposium at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton before touring Elm Bank in Natick and Wellesley College.

Attendees then adjourned for the silent auction and rubbing elbows with like minded bloomers from across the country and 32 different states.

A first for an America in Bloom Symposium was a five minute skit performed by Holliston in Bloom members prior to dinner. The skit titled "The Judges Are Coming" was well received by the audience who could all identify with the humorous material. Holliston's Community Champion PJ Kilkelly was recognized for his efforts as were 19 other nominees from across the country.

The symposium continues early Friday morning with welcomes from Holliston State Rep. Carolyn Dykema and Holliston in Bloom co-chairs Kathy Shore and Mark Ahronian. America in Bloom attendees will attend educational sessions on Friday morning before touring Mt. Aburn Cemetery and a night in Boston. The syposium continues on Saturday with lunch in Holliston under a tent at Goodwill Park and a walking tour of downtown. An awards ceremony and dinner will be held at the Sheraton Tara on Saturday eve.

 

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