DRACUT -- Flower and book enthusiasts gathered on Friday, Sept. 13, for the Books in Bloom reception at the M. G. Parker Memorial Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Dracut Garden Club. There were more than 30 entries, with each floral arrangement interpreting a different book.
"We really want to make this an annual event it was so well received," said Diane D'Annunziato, adult services and reference librarian. "Throughout the day on Thursday and Friday, folks visiting the library really enjoyed the flowers and the books."
Attendees browsed the books and their accompanying arrangements while enjoying refreshments. Several of the Garden Club members shared details about their books and their flower selections. Some arrangements took on the shape of the book title -- a kite and a cupcake. Others chose unique vases, like a conch shell or a figure head. A few included accessories tied to the books like a geisha, a colorful tambourine, and the "famous pie" (from The Help).
"We really wanted our members to showcase their artistic abilities." said Donna Vallois, Dracut Garden Club president. "Everyone was so creative in their designs and flower choices."
Ribbons were awarded to the following: Leandra McKinnon for That Summer in Sicily by Marlena di Blasi; Sandy Niemaszyk and Christina Stone for The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen; Jerelyn Serra for Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Mary Ellen McCarthy for To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Mary Ann Johnston for A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle and for the children's entries: Meridith McCauley (age 11) for The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love, and Cupcakes by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk and Aquila Delfino (age 7) for Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans.
The Dracut Garden Club maintains gardens throughout the town at Oliver J. Coburn House - Orpha Fox Memorial Garden by Harmony Hall; Moses Greeley Parker Memorial Library - Children's Memorial Garden; Moses Greeley Parker Memorial Library - Front Garden; Dillon McAnespie Park; 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station #2 on Jones Avenue; and Central Fire Station on Pleasant Street. Other projects include an annual Celebrate the Earth event in April for Earth Day and Arbor Day, Memorial Day plantings, Junior Garden Club, and more.
New members are welcome and meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Dracut Library from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit www.dracutgardenclub.com and like them on Facebook.