Festival season kicks off in Bordentown City
May 08, 2014 05:52AM ● Published by Community News Service
The 18th Annual Franklin Carr Iris Growers Competition kicks off Mother’s Day weekend and is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Iris Festival remembers Bordentown native Franklin Carr, a renowned hybridizer of Irises and a master judge for the American Iris Society. He won 28 international awards for his flowers, some of which are in the Vatican Gardens in Rome, the Buckingham Royal Gardens in London, and the Palengraden in Frankford, Germany.
Jackie Reed, Iris competition coordinator for 18 years, has worked with the Downtown Bordentown Association to continue the legacy of Franklin Carr and his hybrid Irises. His irises still reside today in the Franklin Carr garden built by volunteers under careful direction of George Karousatos, Carr’s neighbor, and has since been lovingly maintained by Bordentown residents Ellen Kosar and Diane Burroughs.
At the festival, a limited amount of Tall Bearded Iris plants nurtured by the Garden State Iris Society will be on sale after 11 a.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 302 Farnsworth Ave., for $10 each.
From 8–9:30 a.m. Irises should be dropped off at the Friends Meeting House. Judging by Catherine Button, of the Garden State Iris Society, takes place at 10.
At 1 p.m. Beth Davis, a third generation orchid grower, will speak at Jesters Café on the topic “Orchids Are Different But Not Difficult.” At 2 p.m., Frank Victor with speak at Old City Hall, 11 Crosswicks St., on the topic “Native Plants and Wildlife Habitats—Perfect Together.”
The day’s festivities also include carriage rides, fresh flower and garden décor vendors, local artists showcasing floral designs from paintings to jewelry, and more.
Award winning artists Arlene Marcoe, Susan Winter and Joe Rademan will be among the artists painting the garden and Iris Festival scenes of beautiful Historic Bordentown throughout the day.
After the artists are finished, their work will be displayed at Farnsworth Gallery, located in the Bonaparte Antiques building, 375 Farnsworth Ave., and for sale at the end of the day.
Activities are free, though carriage rides will be offered for a fee.
The following week, more outdoor fun is set to attract crowds the heart of Bordentown City.
The weekend of May 17-18, the city streets are set to buzz with activity around the extensive collection of vendors, food and fun for adults and children at the 37th annual Bordentown Street Fair.
Open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and located on Farnsworth Avenue in the center of downtown Bordentown City, the two-day event features crafters, boutiques, galleries and great food.
An eclectic array of boutique shop merchants from historical downtown Bordentown set up shop on the streets for two full days of fun and festivities.
Gourmet local restaurants prepare food, local non-profits hold fund raisers, children flock to the Kids’ Corner, and local groups provide free entertainment.
The event is organized and sponsored by the Northern Burlington County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, go online to nbrchamber.org/street_fair.html.