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.