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Holliston in Bloom Getting Ready to Bloom

by Cherry Fenton


Holliston in Bloom had its first meeting of the year in late January. The committee discussed projects for the coming year. Among our beautification projects that we hope to complete in 2016 (depending on how much money we can raise: adding and replacing plantings at the Holliston Senior Center, and replacing plantings and creating new areas at the Police Department with the help of Eagle Scout Brandon Battick. We will also be working with the Placentino School on plans for a new area to support the science curriculum inside the Linda Weene Courtyard of Discovery Garden and a pollinator garden with the Green Team at the Adams Middle School. Many hands will be needed, especially at the Placentino School, so please look for updates in the coming months.

Co-chair Kathy Shore announced that Holliston in Bloom has 501c3 status! We hope that our tax-exempt status will encourage friends to donate to HIB as we are totally self-funded. Holliston will be the host of the 2017 America in Bloom National Symposium so we will be extra busy planning that event as well.

Co-chair Mark Ahronian recently met with Town Administrator Jeff Ritter to discuss the detailed America in Bloom Judges Evaluation from their visit in July 2015. Holliston was evaluated by these criteria: Overall Impression, The remarkable transformation of Blair Square/Rail Trail area was noted by the judges. The judges also mentioned that the area could use some trash barrels to encourage residents to keep the area clean. We are excited to report that Mr. Ritter has agreed to add two trash barrels and a recycling receptacle to Blair Square! Our first fundraiser will be organized by Bobby “The Mayor” Blair for Sunday, March 13, 2016. The St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast (Roast) will be at Anthony’s on the Green Restaurant at Pinecrest. Tickets are only $10.00 and are available from Town Hall, the Mayor, or Pat Duffey. The event starts at 9:00 AM. Local humor, new song performed by Singing Selectman Jay Marsden, and a hearty breakfast are included. Seating is limited so be sure to buy your tickets early!

Some upcoming dates to save on your calendars:
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Cleanup at Blair Square/Rail Trail
Saturday, May 14, 2016 – HBA Spring Stroll. We will be located only at Blair Square this year. We will have our Fairy Garden contest fundraiser l, fabulous fairy face-painting, and free marigold seedlings (which is our town flower). This year, the Holliston Garden Club will host a special Frog Hollow class a few weeks early to show children how to build a toad abode. Watch for more information next month.
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – It’s the Annual HIB Fashion Show at Upper Town Hall with gorgeous hair styling by Holliston’s Salone de Bella and fashions by Fine Feathers Boutique in Medway.

You can help Holliston in Bloom by sending in your tax-exempt donation to: Holliston in Bloom, 1432 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746, or through our PayPal link on our website Follow Holliston in Bloom on Facebook. We look forward to another exciting, colorful year!