🍎Apple Blossom Time, with a Wreath💚 and a Snack🌸

It’s time for the “Bloom” as the people in Winchester say!! Every year since 1924, Winchester, Virginia has a whole two weeks dedicated to apple blossoms. I did a post about the Apple Blossom Parade, but this time I am doing this post on how people get ready for the festivities!!

They always choose Grand Marshals and Queens for the Grand Parade!!

In the past they have had famous celebrities like Lucille Ball as Grand Marshal and Luci Baines Johnson as Queen…

and Bob Hope as Grand Marshal in 1975!!

However, as time goes on and celebrities charge lots of money for their appearances, the famous people in the parades are less well known!! This year the celebrities are:

Queen Shenandoah XCVI
Isabella “Bella” Louise Astin (daughter of Sean Astin and granddaughter of John Astin and Patty Duke)

Festival Co-Grand MarshalsKate Flannery, Actor, Singer, and Writer
Brian Sullivan, CNBC’s “Last Call” Anchor

Festival Honorary Grand Marshals
Kathy & Nick Nerangis

Firefighters’ Marshal
Kenny Wallace, Retired NASCAR Driver

Festival Co-Sports Marshals
Eric Dickerson, Hall of Fame Running Back

​Nazeeh Johnson, Super Bowl LVII Champion

Festival Special Guests
​Gary Clark, Two-Time Super Bowl Champion and Washington Redskins Wide Receiver

Noah Thompson, 2022 American Idol Winner

Hunter Girl, 2022 American Idol Runner-up

Victoria Chuah, Miss Virginia

Amanda Short, Miss Apple Blossom 2023

Gracie Clarke, Miss Apple Blossom Oustanding Teen 2023

Natalie Woodward, Miss Virginia Association of Fairs 2023

Phil Glaize, Court Ambassador

The businesses in the city go all out with pink and green decorations, which are the colors promoted since the Festival has began.

More stores and businesses decked out for the big parade, when crowds of people will convene upon this city!!

Scout groups, churches and home owners sell seats in front of their houses, to watch the parade!

Pink and green buntings, flags, wreaths and even hanging jewels from trees adorn homes…everyone has some form of pink and green in front of their houses!!


So, I had to join in the pink and green…

Wanting to design my own wreath, I bought the grapevine wreath and silk flowers and greens at Joann’s!!

And this is the finished product!!

I planted pink flowers in the potted greens and Gina gave me the beautiful Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Flag, ready for sightseers to enjoy!!


What would an Apple Blossom blog post be without an apple recipe?? Here is a simple and tasty one…

Three ingredients for Cinnamon Apple Chips with a mandoline slicer!!

Cinnamon Apple Chips


  • 2 Golden Delicious apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C).
  • Arrange apple slices in a single layer on a parchment paper covered metal baking sheet.
  • Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle over apple slices.

Bake in the preheated oven until apples are dried and edges curl, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Use a metal spatula to transfer chips to a wire rack until cool and crispy. 

If desired, you can flip the apple slices halfway through baking and sprinkle them with more cinnamon sugar.

These photos show…Slicing the apples on the mandoline, PLEASE BE CAREFUL!! I cut my thumb doing it, because, as you can see, I didn’t use the finger guard!! Put the sliced apples on parchment paper, covered cookie sheet. Then bake until browned.

The cinnamon apple chips are crispy, sweet and so good for you…even better for you, leave out the sugar and they will still be sweet and yummy!! A great snack to take on a car ride, picnic or Apple Blossom Parade!!


Some fun apple quotes!!

“The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.” Arthur Miller

“When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie.” Vera Nazarian

“When I was in the hospital they gave me apple juice every morning, even after I told them I didn’t like it. I had to get even. One morning, I poured the apple juice into the specimen tube. The nurse held it up and said, ‘It’s a little cloudy.’ I took the tube from her and said, ‘Let me run it through again,’ and drank it. The nurse fainted.” Alan King


8 thoughts on “🍎Apple Blossom Time, with a Wreath💚 and a Snack🌸

  1. How exciting is this? Don’t you love small towns and how the people all pull together to celebrate certain events? Our little town is known for its 4th of July Festival, and we get as many as 40,000 tourists. (Needless to say, we don’t really go out because it’s so crowded. )
    Anyway, I hope you take lots of pictures and have a great time. I LOVE your wreath, and your apple chips sound yummy. Thanks much for sharing. Hugs to you and Victor!!! ❤️


    1. Thank you, Nancy!! Love small town celebrations…remember Norwood’s 4th of July parades and fireworks? We’re not around for them anymore, we’re either at the Cape or VA. I’ll have to ask around to see if they still have them. Sounds like you have a charming small town, I’ve seen pics you post and it looks lovely!! Enjoy Spring in the south, we went to DC this week and everything was lush and green!! Thank you for reading my blog and staying in touch🙏🏽💗🌷


  2. Hi Carol,

    Pink and Green, what a wonderful way o welcome Springtime in Virginia.The wreath on the train house is so pretty and perfect. An
    added plus is being close to DC and being able to see the cherry blossoms. The apple crips look so yummy, I might even try them, Ha,Ha. As always, the quotes are so appropriate for your blog.
    You and Victor enjoy Springtime in Virginia with your family.🦋🙂
    ♥️♥️ Lucille

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    1. Hi Lucille, Yes, every Spring in our little city, it’s pink and green everywhere, love it🌷
      I never know how a wreath will turn out until it’s all put together and I was very pleasantly surprised by this one, glad you like it too!!
      The weather has been crazy this spring, the cherry blossom were very early because of it being warm early!! The past week it has been unseasonably chilly and very rainy! Crazy!
      If you try the apple chips, please be careful cutting them, that’s truly the hardest part, I’m so afraid of the mandoline now!!
      I’m glad you like my quotes, I enjoy researching them!! I can’t believe all the quotes they have about apples!!
      I hope you are doing well and that you’re enjoying your Spring, thank you for checking in on my blog, I so love keeping in touch with you💗


    1. Yes, the apple chips are so sweet and crispy!! I so want to make more, but I’m a little frightened of the mandoline!! I will be brave and do it the right way😂 Thank you for checking in to my blog!! Happy spring to you as well🌷

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