by Mary Ann Kirkpatrick
I moved to Winchester in June 2001. My first Apple Blossom was in May 2002. Although I heard “Apple Blossom” mentioned from time to time over the course of the year, I had no idea what to expect. I was thinking “small-town parade, local high school bands, local politicians riding on the backs of convertibles on loan from local car dealerships, and floats made by local service organizations.”
One can imagine my surprise in March when my Shenandoah University colleague Caz Zuckerman said she had “purchased a Bloomers’ Luncheon” ticket for me. It was March, Apple Blossom was in May plus someone who would be seated with us had gotten in line to purchase tickets at 4:30 a.m.
As May approached, I saw Princesses pictures in the paper, was told where I could purchase a seat to watch the parade, read about celebrity speakers for an unbelievable number of events and the Queen’s name was revealed.
My husband and I were invited to an after-parade cookout, asked where we were parking for the Firemen’s Parade and fireworks and what we were wearing. What weird questions!
Then Apple Blossom arrived! Something for everyone. Fun, festive and loud, with lots of pink and green.