2016 Texas Rose Festival to kick off Thursday

Thousands of roses in 10 different shades of pink will surround those who enter the Rose Garden Center to see 2016 Texas Rose Festival Rose Show from now until Sunday.
 
Pink roses fill large golden frames that hang in the lobby of the center near the entrance to the Texas Rose Museum and honor the festival’s 2016 “Museum of the Majestic” theme.
 
The display is a result of several months of collaboration between florist Barbara Tidwell, of La Tee Da, Rose Show Chairwoman Amy Egaña and Vice President of the Rose Show Brad Curtis.
 
While some may be amazed by the display, it almost didn’t happen.
 
Mrs. Tidwell said she and others at La Tee Da had a sleepless weekend because the 5,000 pink roses they needed to make the Rose Show and other events successful had to be shipped by plane from Ecuador to Miami - all while Hurricane Matthew could have delayed the flowers from being shipped out of the state.
 
Fortunately, the roses were able to make it to the shop on time and are now part of many different elements that are expected to bring the vision organizers had for this year’s festival to life.
 
“It’s a community function. The city is very well known for this festival,” said Curtis, who also is the father of 2016 Texas Rose Festival Queen Mallory Kristine Curtis. “It’s definitely all about promoting the city.”
 
The festival officially kicks off Thursday with  the Texas Rose Festival Ribbon Cutting and Morning Prayer Service at 10 a.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive. 
 
The event is free and marks the opening of the festival, including the Texas Rose Festival Rose Show at the garden, which will be open to the public for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 
 
Additionally, there are free Tyler Municipal Rose Garden Guided Tours set for 1 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday at the garden. Friday's tour will be followed by a free talk by Mark Chamblee, of Chamblee Roses, at 11 a.m. on how to select roses for your garden.  
 
At 1:30 p.m. Friday is a walk and talk in the rose garden on rose varieties, planting, pruning and general rose care. 
 
Other Texas Rose Festival events include:
 
LUNCHEONS
 
The longtime tradition of the annual men's and women's luncheons are set for Friday. 
 
The Men's Luncheon begins at 11:15 a.m. Friday and will feature Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as the guest speaker at the Cascades Country Club, 4511 Briarwood Road.
 
India Hicks, a former Ralph Lauren model, designer and entrepreneur of a lifestyle brand she founded in 2015, will be the guest speaker at the Ladies' Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Green Acres Baptist Church CrossWalk Conference Center, 1607 Troup Highway.
 
Tickets to the luncheon are $50 each. 
 
CORONATION
 
The festival coronation is scheduled for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, at the R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd. on The University of Texas at Tyler campus.
 
Attendees will hear the story behind each costume, watch the crowning of the rose queen, the presentation of the duchess and the introduction of the ladies in waiting and escorts. By the end of the program, the queen and her entire court all will be on stage.
 
Costume designer Winn Morton of San Antonio has been designing the costumes since 1982.
 
PARADE & QUEEN'S TEA
 
Those who prefer the outdoors have the opportunity to see the entire court and more at The Texas Rose Festival Parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, which starts at Front Street and Glenwood Boulevard and ends at the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
 
The Queen's Tea is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. in the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive in Tyler. There, the public can meet the 2016 Texas Rose Festival Queen Mallory Kristine Curtis, Duchess of the Texas Rose Festival Mary-Birdsong Gabriel and the members of the court. All will be in their full coronation costumes.
 
The theme, "Museum of the Majestic" will be showcased with classical decor and works of art from famous artists and famous museums.
 
Raymond Krueger, of Jerry's Flowers, will use thousands of roses to design the courtyard for the event. 
 
Suzanne and William Bradly Curtis, the queen's parents, and the Texas Rose Festival, represented by President Kenneth S. Waits, will host the Queen's Tea in honor of Queen Mallory.
 
For information about the festival, visit the Texas Rose Festival website.
 
THE FULL SCHEDULE INCLUDES
 
Thursday, Oct. 13 
 
10 a.m.
 
83RD TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL RIBBON CUTTING & MORNING PRAYER SERVICE
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission, open to the public 
 
9 a.m.  to 5 p.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL ROSE SHOW
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive 
 
Free admission 
 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
64TH PALETTE OF ROSES ART SHOW
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission 
 
1 p.m.
 
TYLER MUNICIPAL ROSE GARDEN GUIDED TOUR
 
Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission 
 
Friday, Oct. 14 
 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL ROSE SHOW
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive 
 
Free admission 
 
10 a.m.
 
TYLER MUNICIPAL ROSE GARDEN GUIDED TOUR
 
Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive 
 
Free admission 
 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
64TH PALETTE OF ROSES ART SHOW
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission 
 
11 a.m.
 
“HOW TO SELECT THE BEST ROSES FOR YOUR GARDEN”
 
Mark Chamblee of Chamblee Roses will talk about new and interesting varieties that have been introduced recently.
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission 
 
11:15 a.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL MEN’S LUNCHEON
 
The Cascades, 4511 Briarwood Road 
 
Tickets required: $50 and up 
 
11:30 a.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL LADIES’ LUNCHEON
 
Guest Speaker: India Hicks; Celebrated Author, Model and Designer
 
CrossWalk Conference Center, Green Acres Baptist Church 
 
Tickets required: $50 and up 
 
1:30 p.m.
 
“ALL ABOUT ROSES”
 
Walk and talk in the rose garden.
 
Tips on varieties, planting, pruning and general care of roses.
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission 
 
2 p.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL MATINEE CORONATION
 
R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd. 
 
Tickets required: $10 to $30 
 
7 p.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL EVENING CORONATION
 
R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center, 3900 University Blvd.
 
Tickets required: $15 to $65 
 
Saturday, Oct. 15  
 
9 a.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL PRE-PARADE ACTIVITIES
 
Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium
 
9 a.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL PARADE
 
Sponsored by CBS19
 
West from Glenwood Boulevard and Front Street
 
Free 
 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL ROSE SHOW
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission 
 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
64TH PALETTE OF ROSES ART SHOW
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission 
 
9 a.m. to 5p.m.
 
ROSE FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
 
Southside Park/Rose Rudman Trail, 455 Shiloh Rd.
 
Free admission 
 
10 a.m. to 4p.m.
 
“TYLER’S OLD ROSE” Open House
 
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum, 624 N. Broadway Ave.
 
Free admission 
 
1 to 3 p.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL QUEEN’S TEA
 
Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive
 
Free admission 
 
Sunday, Oct. 16  
 
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
ROSE FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR & PLANT SALE
 
Southside Park/Rose Rudman Trail, 455 Shiloh Rd.
 
Free admission 
 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
TEXAS ROSE FESTIVAL ROSE SHOW
 
Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive 
 
Free admission
 

Tyler Morning Telegraph


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