Missing Blooms don’t Dampen Lilac Festival Spirit
Our two “invasions” of Highland Park for Rochester Lilac Festival 2012 held a somewhat disappointing, if not anticipated sight, for those enthusiasts that covet lilac blossoms. This year’s bizarre, upside-down weather with March’s warmth combined with April’s descent into chilly temperatures messed up nature’s cycle. In spite of the spent lilac bushes, both of The Maplewood’s tour groups soaked in sunshine, warm weather and an overall great experience!
While many may question the presence of dogs at this crowded festival our residents, led by Mary G and her nieces, felt this was a bonus. Creatures large and smaller were lured over to us for an enjoyable petting. Both days were moderately crowded yet sparse enough for comfortable maneuvering. Resident Jeanne A hadn’t been to the Lilac Festival in a number of years and commented on the changes.
After winding down the hill from South Avenue, the roll east on Highland confirmed the absence of lilac blooms. However, there were other attractions, including two carriages powered by shiny horses. One was named “Barney.” Mary was fearless, reaching up and stroking the black beast’s head. The people-watching was great too. On Friday, we met a group from St. Johns.
Thankfully residents were well covered with sunscreen and most donned hats on both afternoons. Horticultural prospects improved at the Pansy Bed. The flowers were diverse, vivid and healthy. I personally cannot remember both trip days being so ideal.
With our journey back to Webster awaiting we boarded the bus a happy (albeit slightly tired) group of tourists. Residents munched on popcorn, refreshed by the bus’s air-conditioning. I can remember previous years of slashing rain, cranked heat and never getting off the bus. In 2012, the weather gods, if they exist, really liked us!
Director of Recreation