2011 is a milestone for the Shady Cove-Trail Wildflower Association. It is the 30th anniversary of the Wildflower Show that has generated well over $100,000 for Fire District 4. As always, the show on April 30 and May 1 will benefit the fire department. This year the proceeds will go towards a defibulator, said association president, Dee Hawkins. Fire Chief Bob Miller estimates the cost to be between $8,000 and $9,000.
Commemorating the occasion is a quilt fashioned by the Material Girls that features T-Shirt designs sold each year by the wildflower association. The quilters took some of the vintage patterns and using a computer transferred them onto fabric. Hawkins said T-shirt collectors are bound to see designs they recognize. The quilt is to be raffled off with tickets for $2 each at the event.
The Wildflower Show began 30 years ago when resident Miles Hill started the tradition with 28 flowers picked in the vicinity of Rogue River Drive. Although Hill passed on, the show continued and now offers a display of over 200 flowers from a 20-mile radius around Shady Cove.
Although members do the picking, it is Mother Nature who dictates what flowers will be on display. “It’s cool and the flowers may not be the ones you saw last year, so come again this year. We should all think about sunshine,” encouraged flower connoisseur Clarisse Pitto.
Flowers are the theme but the show has much more to offer. Well known artist, Paula Fong, will display botanical prints that have detailed artistry and scientific accuracy. Upper Rogue Artists will also offer artworks for sale. And community benefactors, the Material Girls, will be at the show with a collection of gorgeous quilts.
Although the design of the 2011 T-shirt is top secret and under-wraps until the show, Hawkins promised the garment is stunning, unique and has an emphasis on the anniversary. As usual, a flower will be featured and this year the addition of an Upper Rogue landmark.
As well as the T-shirt, shopping opportunities include the famous boutique with reasonable prices and a good selection of Mother’s Day gifts. The Maple Bonsai Tree Club, Crater Rock Museum, Dennis Ellingson books and herbs, FD4 Support Group with logo T-shirts, hats and aprons, the Upper Rogue Watershed Association and plants provide more shopping and entertainment.
When people shop, they get hungry. Homemade cookies and beverages will offer a respite in Blossom’s Tea Room. For the seriously hungry, the Upper Rogue Community Center will offer their famous BBQ chicken and hot dogs.
For those not into shopping, there still is a way to avoid going home empty-handed. Members have gathered many donations from individuals and business owners. Even with adverse financial conditions, the merchants came through. “I was amazed at the generosity of the local community in this tough economy,” marveled Hawkins.
Raffles include a half-day on a pontoon boat at Lost Creek Lake; a raft trip for 2 to 4 people; a handmade afghan by Christy Pitto, free exam and full set of x-rays at Shady Cove Dentistry; $50 Wal-Mart gift card; gift baskets including one with an antler handle; wine; Butcher Shop certificate; $100 of auto care; restaurant gift certificates; haircuts; pet care; Coleman adult sleeping bag; 14-piece wrench set; two seats at the upcoming River Fest and a Doni Harms CD; a farming quilt; books on herbs and more. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
The event is at Shady Cove Middle School at 37 Schoolhouse Lane from 10 to 4 p.m. both days. For more information call 541-878-8029.
By Margaret Bradburn
For the Independent