Roses in every color, strawberry shortcake and the a cappella harmonies of “The Treblemakers” were highlights of the 39th Annual Festival of Roses at Westminster Place Monday.
The Woman’s Board of Presbyterian Homes has been hosting this end-of-summer event for residents of the retirement community since 1973.
The Festival of Roses historically has been a way for the Woman’s Board to bring friendship, beautiful flowers and entertainment to the residents of Presbyterian Homes.
The majority of roses are harvested from the Nash Rose Garden on the Westminster Place campus. Bouquets are placed at each concierge desk and on each floor of the McGaw Care Center and the Frank Foster Pavilion for the enjoyment of residents who may be unable to attend the event.
“This year’s Festival of Roses was a wonderful event made possible by several committees of Woman’s Board members, which handle the many details that make this event run smoothly,” said Hannah McInnis, Woman’s Board member and chairman of this year’s Festival of Roses. “The residents look forward to this every year and really enjoyed the loving singing voices of the young high school seniors who performed.”
This year’s featured artists were “The Treblemakers,” a vocal quartet from Evanston Township High School comprised of seniors Christina Burt, Katie Greenberg, Anna Kanter, and Phoebe Seman. The four have been singing together since middle school. The group was formalized during the girls’ sophomore year, and has since practiced under the direction of Mary Theresa Reed. The quartet presented a varied program of popular and Broadway music in Elliott Chapel.
Following the musical program, the Woman’s Board invited the approximately 150 residents in attendance to greet the quartet at a reception in the nearby Geneva living and dining rooms. Attendees were treated to strawberry shortcake and punch, a tradition that began with the first Festival of Roses. Members of the Woman’s Board presented each resident with a long-stemmed rose.