We threw ourselves a party: FensFest 2012
by FGS Roving Reporter Bruno Rubio
Ah, Autumn! To John Keats — “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, close bosom-friend of the maturing sun.” To others — football, leaf-peeping, and apple-picking. To the Fenway Garden Society — Fall means FensFest! This year’s edition featured all the essentials so eagerly anticipated by the membership: a BBQ, music, garden awards, the white elephant table, the raffle. Essential, too, the tremendous effort of the many volunteers who helped with the set-up, the cooking, the entertainment, and the record fast clean-up at the end of the fun-filled day. A special thanks to Kristen Mobilia, FGS Senior Vice President of Administration, who supervised the volunteers and played a leading role in organizing the event. Great job everybody!
A dapper Tom Collins flips burgers while other volunteers assemble more goodies and roast corn…
…so that everybody can enjoy.
The Sergio Martínez Collective offers their smooth jazz arrangements; Sergio (on drums) has recorded with singers like Paul Simon and other notable jazz musicians.
This year’s FensFest crowd was exceptionally well-behaved, but just in case, Officer Bernadette (pictured with FGS Board members Mario D’Amato and Kristen Mobilia) put in an appearance.
And the winner is…Eleven gardeners were presented with certificates and fancy gold medals in recognition of their horticultural achievements and special service to FGS. Pictured below are Olga Goldus (feng-shui garden), Rinaldo Marano (flower garden), and Sabrina Shay (reclamation garden). Other awardees were Le He Zhong (vegetable garden), Kevin Cranston and John Ruiz (designer garden), David St. Jean (summer garden), Jung Kim (zen garden), Bonnie Thryselius and Marie Fakuda (beautification of the main entrance flower beds), and Arthur Mattuck (maintenance of the flagpole garden).
FensFest is a time to cut loose and have fun. Even Darth Vader thought it was awesome!