At the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®, the position of Featured Speaker at the Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon presented by Spring Arbor of Winchester has been filled, since 1999, by a staggeringly diverse array of interesting Speakers. The list includes: meteorologists, fashion designers, political leaders, orchardists, sportscasters, Olympic athletes, historians and jockeys. Some of the Speakers have been national celebrities. Others have been “local kids” who went out into life and “made good.” Some have hearkened back to the roots of the event and have been prominent in the agricultural and horticultural industries. Several have been successful writers, authors and novelists; and, Festival President, Jim Douglas, is very pleased to add to these lists the name of local novelist, Dr. Pam Webber, as our Featured Speaker for the 2016 Ladies’ Luncheon.
Dr. Pam Webber is an award winning nursing educator and researcher. She has published numerous articles in the areas of nursing education, theory, research, and reasoning. Her most recent nationally funded study on serum predictors of chronic disease in teens (The STEWii Study) was presented at the American College of Pediatrics last October and was published in The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in February of this year. The STEWii study was the first in the country to document epidemic proportions of vitamin D deficiency in teens. In addition, Pam has co-authored four editions of the nursing textbook, “Introduction to Theory and Reasoning in Nursing.” She has been an invited speaker for numerous regional, national, and international nursing organizations; and, is the recipient of outstanding service awards from education and healthcare organizations alike. In May 2000, Pam was honored by the Virginia Nurses Association and the Virginia Nurses Foundation as one of 50 Pioneer Nurses in the state for the 20th century.
This past August, Pam ventured into yet another writing arena, publishing her first fiction novel “The Wiregrass.” Likened to the stories and styles of Harper Lee, Jan Karon, and Sue Monk Kidd, “The Wiregrass” is garnering critical acclaim, and has been named Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society, and selected as Read of the Month by The Southern Literary Review. Recently, “The Wiregrass” was a featured book for the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville. Pam was one of three authors on the Festival’s Fiction Panel and presented to a standing room only crowd. Pam is married to the love of her life, Jeff. They are the parents of three wonderful adult children, Michael, Sarah, and Cindy; and, the doting grandparents of Jace and Albin.
Dr. Pam Webber will now be joining the eclectic list of Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon Speakers that includes: 1999 – Extension Specialist, Dr. Robert Ray Meadows; 2000 – Lady Jockey, Diane Crump; 2001 – Free Lance Writers, Cindy Hazen and Mike Freeman; 2002 – Orchardist, Robert Solenberger; 2003 – Historian, Mike Foreman; 2004 – CIA Veteran and Espionage Expert, Linda McCarthy; 2005 – Shenandoah University President, Tracy Fitzsimmons; 2006 – Olympic Gold Medalist, Dorothy Hamill; 2007 – Sportscaster, Ken Mease; 2008 – Orchardist, Doug Rinker; 2009 – Political Leader, Kate Obenshain; 2010 – Fashion Designer, Wendy Pepper; 2011 – Author, Jason Wright; 2012 – Author, Jay Foreman; 2013 – Writer and Director, Lisa Mikitarian; 2014 – Meteorologist Lauren Ricketts; and, 2015 – Plane Crash Survivor, Dave Sanderson.
Tickets to the 2016 Ladies’ Horticultural Luncheon presented by Spring Arbor of Winchester are now on sale at the Official Festival Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet at 212 East Cork Street in Old Town Winchester.