AIB Judges Meet Hollistonians
by Bill Tobin 7/19/12
The Historical Society House and grounds was the setting to meet and greet the America in Bloom judges. And a grand time was had by all.
Over 100 residents had the opportunity to meet the two judges and enjoy great food and beverages on a warm (hot) summer evening.
The America in Bloom judges arrived during a torrential downpour that threatened to dampen the planned festivities, but all turned out well and a good time was had by all.
The rains stopped and a rainbow set the stage, but it did not linger and the party went on.
Tasty and plentiful appetizers were served by the Leos (junior Lions)
An open bar served donated beer and wine.
The judges had the opportuntiy mingle with the crowd, shown here talking with Pat Duffey, the organizer of the evening's event.
Former Holliston residents, Jim and Pat Poitras reunited with long time residents, Sheila and Jared Adams.
John Greendale and Jim Poitras shared memories of their Holliston neighborhood.
Ken and Carolynn Henderson meet with the Mayor of Mudville, the Master of the Flower Crates, Bobby Blair.
Mary Greendale, the Chieftan of the America in Bloom contest introduced the two judges, Evelyn Alemanni from Elfin Forest, California, and Barbara Vincentsen from Westfield, New Jersey. They expressed their delight in being in Holliston and admired the enthusiasm and spirit that is so evident in the community.
Selectmen Chairman Jay Marsden welcomed the judges to Holliston. Jay referred to Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the father of modern landscaping and how he would congratulate the designers and producers of the Holliston landscape.
Leah Robins, aide to Rep Carolyn Dykema welcomed the judges on behalf of Carolyn as she was detained at the State House .
Newcomers Club officers enjoyed the evening. Past president Pamela Pinterparson, left, current Newcomers Club President Fran Pleska and Julie Damigella, past president on her right.
The judges are about to enjoy the decorated cake welcoming them to Holliston. The cake was baked , decorated and donated by George Caouette.
Frank Chamberlain and Paul LeBeau had a good time too.
Mary Greendale and Cathy Shore discuss the next phase of the AIB week.
The House was open to guided tours, with collection items on display.
Carolyn did arrive and shared a laugh with Joanne Hulbert.