Next week the women of the Holtville Woman’s Club will have their annual flower show, and plant and bake sale, on April 4. Visitors are invited to come early. The program starts at noon, with tea served at 1 pm. This is another opportunity for folks from around the county to visit Holtville and enjoy the club’s yearly flower display, and it is all free.
This year’s theme is “Scents and Sense from Grandma’s Kitchen.” Many may recall happy times in the kitchens of mothers and grandmothers. In addition to beautiful flowers gathered by the club members, there will be a varied collection of aprons displayed, some old and some new. Women attending the flower show are asked to wear their favorite apron, and bring a friend. Numerous vintage kitchen items of bygone years will be shown. There may even be an apron parade.
Jo Ann Weissman, of Imperial, will share a collection of vintage aprons from Sue Heagy, of Montana. There is a slim chance Heagy will be at the show. Most of her aprons were collected at antique shops and yard sales.
Numerous books about aprons will be available for browsing at the show.
“The Apron Book,” by Elly Anne Giesel, states in chapter 1 that “aprons were front and center for all the high drama and hard work it took to invent this country. Homesteading alongside the men, women tucked their dresses into apron waistbands to clear and plow the fields, then unfurled the aprons to carry grain to the chickens, gather eggs, and harvest vegetables from the garden … it shooed flies from the table, and waved from the porch to signal that dinner was ready.
“On a single day an apron might wipe a child’s tears, the sweat off a brow, and flour from the hands, plus ward off a chill and hide a rifle. Now that’s multitasking!”
The tea committee for this occasion includes Madeline Muller, Janet Muller, Lois Walters, Myrl Chambers and Jeannette Monroy.
A couple of days before the flower show women from the club will be visiting gardens throughout Holtville on the lookout for blooms. Rhonda Claybrook King, a native of Holtville, now residing in Chula Vista, will bring her showy clivia, a native of subtropical South Africa. Clivia, also known as winter lily, flowers in winter and early spring. The clivia was named in honor of Lady Charlotte Florentina Clive, duchess of Northumberland.
Many of us recall proverbs, various words of wisdom and horse sense from parents and grandparents. Some didn’t make much sense at the time. As we matured we learned to appreciate the soundness of these sayings.
My mother-in-law, the late Mary DePaoli, had her favorite saying tacked to her bulletin board: “An ounce of keep your mouth shut beats a ton of explanation!”
In a tiny book titled, “Apronisms,” by Ellyn Anne Geisel, she states: ”When company’s on the doorstep, it’s amazing how much dusting an apron can accomplish in a matter of seconds.”
“Let the first thing you say brighten someone else’s day.”
“When the telephone rings, it’s against the law not to answer it.” (Ring Lardner)
“Smile when you answer the phone. Your listener can hear a smile a thousand miles away.”
And, these oldies: “Fear not letting go the apron strings,” and, “It’s a piece of cake,” meaning something that’s easy and pleasurable to do.
“In a world of aprons, there’s no such thing as too much rickrack.”