In just a few weeks, camellia lovers--those who grow them, those who study them, those who paint them and those who just like to look at them and admire their beauty--can attend the Semmes Camellia Festival to see dozens of the blooms and related activities. The Festival is Saturday, February 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Semmes 1st Baptist Church, 4070 Wulff Road in Semmes, and is sponsored by Semmes Heritage Park and City of Semmes.
The Camellia Festival, revived in 2013 after 60 years in hiatus, is a lovely affair. There are dozens of individual camellias on long tables in the hall. There are "tablescapes," a feature that incorporates camellias in a themed setting. There are other displays and activities, including camellia art, informational booths, guest speakers and charming Camellia Maids in old-fashiones gowns.
The event is a perfect way to pay homage to Semmes nursery heritage and history. And visitors to the Festival are encouraged to visit Semmes Heritage Park & Museum Open House at 3871 Wulff Road. The Park is composed of the historic 1902 one-room schoolhouse; a turn-of-the-century log cabin outfitted with antique furniture and utensils; and Malone Chapel, a replica of the first Baptist church in Semmes. The Camellia Festival is a sanctioned AL200 Alabama Bicentennial event.
At last year's Camellia Festival, dog-lover (and rescuer) Carolyn Owens showed her tablescape that featured photos of her pets, ceramic dogs, stuffed toy dogs, a framed copy of Cecil Frances Alexander's All Creatures Great and Small and, of course, Carolyn's philosophy inscribed on a doggie plate--"One Can Never Have Too Many Dogs"