St. Michaels In Bloom Launches Harvest Fest

When the blue, blue October skies and the crimson and golden colors of autumn appear in charming, historic St. Michaels this year, expect just a little more charm.

St. Michaels in Bloom is announcing the launching of its first annual Harvest Fest where local residents are encouraged to highlight the beauty of autumn in St. Michaels. They will also vie for one of several recognitions for their outstanding decorations and creativity in a decorating contest during the month of October. Judging will occur on October 29, and first, second, third and runners-up recognitions will be awarded in one of two categories: Humorous/Whimsical and Traditional.

During Harvest Fest, homes and businesses in the historic area of St. Michaels will be decorated with pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, mums, cabbages and kale.

Pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, mums, cabbages and kale are among the many possibilities that may adorn the porches, front yards, gardens or doors of the residences in the historic area of St. Michaels. The historic area is also comprised of many homes built in the 1860s and 1870s.

Recognized as the town that fooled the British, St. Michaels is known not only for its historic significance and ship building history, but also for its charming streets and captivating cottages from bygone eras. The charm is in part due to the volunteer efforts of members of St. Michaels in Bloom. This group was recognized for its outstanding achievement for community vitality by America in Bloom in 2019 after just three years from their formation.

“Our mission is to beautify St. Michaels with landscape and floral plantings,” according to Christine Pulford, President of St. Michaels in Bloom. “One of the ways we accomplish this is to encourage residents and businesses to decorate their homes and businesses during special seasons of the year.”

This fall, St. Michaels in Bloom will launch its inaugural “Best Autumn Decorated Home” where homeowners in the historic residential area will decorate their porches, front doors, gardens, yards with the bounty and beauty of autumn during the month of October.

“We have such creative and talented people living in this town who embrace the friendly competitive nature of our St. Michaels in Bloom contests,” according to Phyllis Kennedy, Floral Designer for St. Michaels in Bloom. This past May, St. Michaels in Bloom held its third annual May Day Festival where residents and businesses competed for awards for their creative May Day basket decorations.

“I was impressed by the community spirit and broad participation with these baskets. The results were incredibly creative, innovative and beautiful,” according to Phyllis. “With Harvest Fest, we wanted to offer another seasonal opportunity for residents to showcase their talents by decorating with an autumn theme. If the results are even close to the creativity we experienced on May Day, we will be excited for our residents and visitors to enjoy the autumn beauty brought by the results of this event.”

St. Michaels in Bloom is a volunteer organization with the mission to beautify St. Michaels with floral and landscape plantings. Some of the signature projects of this group include the landscaping of the Welcome Sign at the entry point of the town, the installation of large flowering planters along the sidewalks of the business district on Talbot Street, the installation of flowering baskets along Honeymoon Bridge leading to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and planting more than 18,000 daffodil bulbs throughout town.

Costs of the projects are paid for by contributions from generous residents and businesses and the labor is provided at no cost by a cadre of volunteers – many of whom have never held a garden trowel or even planted a seed. St. Michaels in Bloom decorates and re-designs its projects four times per year making sure each project ushers in the beauty of the season and is well maintained.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting St. Michaels in Bloom on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.stmichaelsinbloom.org.

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