This year’s show, Feb 3-7th was a pleasure to be a part of. The new Flower Show owners did their best to continue the event as if nothing had changed. It’s invigorating for me to smell the sweet spicy blossoms as I enter the show halls. We shared the booth space with WWFRF again this year and worked like a well oiled machine on Set Up and Tear Down. The WWFRF crew is a pleasure to work with and their booth displays of all the events up north are very noteworthy – like the March 6th Field Day.
We added new table covers that drape over the tables with a green fabric panel ‘Seattle Tree Fruit Society’ with apples and pears beneath. They look very professional. Judy Moritz, re-sewed for us a missing part to our grid wall backing on which we hang the large display photos. We were lucky enough to find the same fabric and Judy was sweet to sew us a new piece to match the ones she had made last year. Thank you Judy.
Bill Moritz had the idea of having a discounted Flower Show membership offer and that brought in 14 new members during the show! The volunteers did a great job of taking new memberships and listening to people’s questions about fruit. We ended up with a long list of questions to be answered. Thank you to Marilyn and Dick Tilbury who knowledgably answered the show questions. We will be printing up some of these great questions and the answers from the Tilburys in future issues of USP.
Set up would not have been so smooth for me if it weren’t for my husband Steve Brakken, driving me all over to get materials, storage items, and booth parts. He’s a jewel. And Jayson Akai, constant, quiet and very handy with set up. Set Up went so smoothly, I have them both to Thank for that.
We placed an ad in the Seattle Times in the Flower & Garden Show Guide. It was a first for us at advertising in the Show flier and it also gave us a free ad in the Feb 28th Sunday ‘Pacific Lifestyles’ section of the Seattle Times about the upcoming Spring Fruit & Grafting Show on Sunday, March 14th.
Thank you everyone for helping me on every task getting ready for the show. I hope I have remembered all your names here and have spelled them correctly. The show booth would not have happened without you. You are important to the club and to the Seattle community who sought out information from our booth that was not really offered at other booths.
Booth Coordination and Design: Kristan Johnson, Rachel Petrich, Linda Knudson, Judy Moritz, Steve Brakken
Our new Table covers: Kim Siebert, Kristan Johnson, Don Puerling at Impact Canopy, Bill Moritz
Booth Set Up: Jayson Akai, Steve Brakken, Kristan Johnson, Rachel Petrich,
Filling Volunteer Time slots: Marlene Falkenbury
Development of Fliers and Booth Information: Bill Moritz, Linda Sartnurak, Laure Jansen,
Take Down: Greg Giuliani, Jayson Akai , Kristan Johnson
Staff in the booth – There were volunteers from our sister WCFS club on Vashon Island too!
Vagn and Marian Jensen, Sheila Barker, Betty Armstrong, Bragdon Shields, Michael Reinhardt, John Reardon, Vicky Thomas, Jack Pedigo, Gini Paulsen, John Roach, Kathy Lange, Christine Robertson, Winifred Becker, Barbara Burrill, Maggie Asplamp, Lory Armitage, Carolina Nurik, Hildegard Hendrickson, Sandy Bowman, June Schumacher, Carole Blakey, Marlene Falkenbury, Diana Donnell, Tracey Bernal, Joslyn Slaughter, Linda Sartnurak, Vickie Brodine, Claire Bronson, Jerry Packard, Michell Ramean, Donna Manders, Dave Hanower, Eveline Takahashi, Doris Leavens, Nancy Perine, Trent Elwing,