The Coronado Floral Association (CFA), a local nonprofit group of men and women who come together to organize the Coronado Flower Show and encourage the beautification of Coronado, is eagerly seeking new members. CFA celebrates its 100th anniversary, having first hosted Coronado’s longest tradition, the Coronado Flower Show, in 1922. Given its famous history, CFA is full of opportunity for the future. Diana Drummey, CFA President, said: “Our goal is to generate interest within our community for those who want to help preserve and celebrate our island’s rich floral past.
To celebrate the start of such a momentous event, CFA is hosting a Cheers to 100 Years! Launch party on January 25 at Feast and Fareway. The event will be an evening of celebration honoring the Flower Show and all those in our community who have helped to maintain this beloved tradition for so many years.
“Congratulations to 100 years! goes beyond the Flower Show,” says event co-chair Sara Stillman. “This is to recognize and celebrate the tremendous work we have done as a community to preserve such a beloved event that began here in Coronado 100 years ago.”
Stillman worked with Becky Hubbard, event co-chair and vice-president of the CFA, to ensure that this evening captured the essence and spirit of Coronado. The event will include dinner, drinks, live music from Tricia Lynn (a wonderfully talented musician and singer), and plenty of prizes, including giveaways from Natalie Falletta Skincare, Jessica Kephart with Accalia Salon, and more.
After a century of flower shows and the beautification of our little town, the CFA has not been spared the pangs of COVID. Membership has dwindled after having to suspend the annual flower show for the past two years. However, hope is on the horizon with the flower show’s 100th anniversary set to return this year on April 23-24.
“By purchasing a dinner ticket on January 25 and celebrating 100 years of the Flower Show, you automatically become a CFA member,” says Jessica Mushovic of Jessica Mushovic Realty, CFA Vice President-Elect for 2023 and a passion for flowers, which is helping bring the cheers to 100 years! an event. “The best part is that membership includes admission to both days of the Flower Show in April – you get the chance to keep the celebration going throughout the show!”
This year’s show is sure to be one to remember, with Diana Drummey leading the charge as chair and chair of the show. Fellow board members Becky Hubbard, Pearl Szymanski (secretary), and Lisa Daniels (treasurer) have worked tirelessly to keep the spirit of the show alive. Many committees are also starting to meet to make this year’s celebration a success. Life Member and Past President Leslie Crawford works hard on membership and publicity and constantly contributes great ideas to improve the show. The beloved Beer Garden, chaired by former CFA President Rob Crenshaw and graciously sponsored by Coronado Brewing Company, is about to return. The Spring Fling Committee, the group that will host the fabulous party under the stars and the tents of the Salon on Saturday, April 23, is preparing to bring the community together again in April for the celebration of a century.
“We are thrilled to continue the tradition by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Coronado Flower Show, a tradition that is deep in our hearts,” said Colby Freer, branch manager of Griffin Funding Bayside Home Loans. “This year’s Spring Fling will take us on a journey through the looking glass of 100 years.”
The committee includes co-chairs Colby Freer and Sara Stillman, Jessica Mushovic, Samantha Bey, Natalie Falletta, Fran Rogers, Kelly Valenzuela and Courtney Castiglione. And not to forget one of the most important sections, the show will involve the Coronado community of all ages, with Alexia Palacios Peters of the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club, CUSD School Board Candidate and President of the show’s Youth Section, ensuring that our children participate in the centennial celebration.
Anyone interested in learning more about the CFA should join the club at two of its upcoming events:
– Tuesday January 25, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Festin and Fareway. Ticket includes dinner, free drink ticket, cash bar, live music by Tricia Lynn, CFA membership, prizes and more! A limited number of tickets are available for $75 and can be found online at www.coronadoflowershow.com.
– Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room for “Friends and Flowers”: Join the CFA each month for brunch and learn about a new floral topic! Membership is not compulsory, all anthophiles (people who love flowers) are welcome. At this month’s meeting, you can meet current members and learn all about Home Front Appreciation. This event will be co-organized by the CFA and the Coronado Public Library. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.
We encourage anyone interested in the Coronado Flower Show and the beautification of homes and gardens through the use of plants and flowers to join the Coronado Floral Association. Please contact Sara Stillman if you have any questions at email@example.com.