Tablescapes are a beautiful and meaningful aspect of Semmes Camellia Festival, coming up January 24, 2015
One of the most beautiful and heartfelt table-scapes at the 2014 Semmes Camellia Festival was the one Diane Skelton Moore created in memory of her mother.
Entitled "Betty," the display consisted of some of Ms. Betty's favorite things: A picture of her husband, "The love of her life," Moore said; her used and worn-out Bible; her beautiful crochet work.
Ms. Betty loved carnival glass, and several pieces from her prized collection were included, along with her simple jewelry--a strand of pearls; her Sunday gloves and camellias from her yard. "I even had some cookies that she loved to bake--she was quite a cook and could put out a 'spread' fast," Moore said. Her mother was "a treasure and is so very missed," Moore said.
The table-scape truly was beautiful, the kind of creation a visitor is drawn to, wondering about each item, its significance to both the exhibitor and to the person honored. Not all the displays are devoted to a person, but each tells a story, and most designers are nearby and willing to share those stories.
This year's Semmes Camellia Festival is Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. Presented by Alumni & Friends of Semmes School Inc. and Mobile Public Library, the event includes displays of individual camellias, a camellia art show, a collection of china plates featuring paintings of camellias and so much more.
For more information, call Chair Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647.