How do you thank someone who saved your life? 91 year-old Margaret Tessier chose to send Fire District 4 a Valentine signed “Love ya” after getting CPR from First Responders Captain Erin Elder and Firefighter Justin Huntley. Tessier who received a pacemaker after her ordeal, would like people to know the equipment used by the firefighters was purchased through proceeds from the annual Shady Cove-Trail Wildflower Show.
Residents and visitors will once again have the opportunity to support the fire district at the 28th Wildflower Show on May 2 & 3. This year the wish list includes a rescue stabilization strut, a stabilizing platform and an area-scene lighting system. The strut, used to stabilize vehicles ranging from compact cars to buses, makes it safer to extricate victims in an accident. The cost of the strut is almost $4,000 and the accessory platform about $300.
Although the fire department is one beneficiary, the community is the other. About 200 local wildflowers will be showcased, offering people a chance to see about 200 beautiful blooms collected within a 20-mile radius around Shady Cove. Each flower will be identified with whimsical note cards. President Dee Hawkins said, “It should be the best year for flowers because of the weather.”
For more visual treats, the Material Girls and the Upper Rogue Artists will display their brilliantly colored creations. Susan MacKinnon, a botanist at the show for several years, will sell her book, “Flowers of the Table Rocks.” According to show Chair, Clarisse Pitto, the book is a delight with many gorgeous photographs.
The Tea Room is to be named in honor of Diane Farley and Pat Guild, added Pitto. Both women, now deceased, were instrumental in the success of the wildflower show over the years. The Tea Room features homemade cookies, coffee and lemonade. For the seriously hungry, the Upper Rogue Community Center will barbeque their famous chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers, said Hawkins.
Members are busy collecting items for the boutique. Each year, the boutique gets better, offering people unique items such as vintage 50’s ashtrays and collectibles at low prices. A newly designed, stunning T-shirt and matching tote bag by Ruth Nelson and Teri Roth will be in the boutique. The fire district support group will also have T-shirts for sale. Pitto said there are small things even for children to buy for Mother’s Day.
A big draw is the many raffle and door prizes given out at the end of the show. Volunteers are working hard to get worthwhile prizes for the lucky winners including a beautiful afghan, gift certificates from Bel Di’s, Miguel’s and other restaurants. More treats are from Shady Cove Candies, Butte Falls Café and Sensational Sweets Bakery. A raft trip, groceries, automotive work, hair cuts, exercise, jewelry, dolls, dog grooming and much more add to the bounty.
The show is a fun-filled day and a chance to relax and visit with friends and neighbors while helping a worthwhile cause. The location is Shady Cove Middle School on Cleveland, from 10 to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 878-8029.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent