Fifth Annual Daffodillion a Blooming Success: Spring Fling a Sellout

“So when you see clouds upon the hill, there soon will be crowds of Daffodils.”—sung by Al Jolson in Bombo, 1921


Nikki Goley & Ken Henriques selling raffle tickets


Arilyn Mitchell played heavenly harp


Mary Hirschboeck, Kiki McMahan, President of Newport in Bloom,and Nancy McAuliffe,  head of the RI Ballet Theatre, signing Daffodillers in

The "Spring Fling" of Daffodillion Days was held in a colossal rain storm at the Chanler, but it dampened neither spirits, costumes, or chapeaux.  Though clouds and rain were abundant, high spirits (and daffodils) were blooming and MORE abundant, as  John Hirschboeck, Director of the Festival,  wore flowers in his crown, and Miss Rhode Island and Miss Rhode Island Outstanding Teen beamed and charmed guests, many adorned with daffodils and the pin that admitted them to the week’s events.

Teddy King of The Chanler serves John Hirschboeck

With a cry of “900,000 and on our way to a Dillion” (think: Million), the party simply kicked off nearly a week of activities with heavenly harp music by Arilyn Mitchell, as guests admired each others’ creations.  Hat of
 the Evening was undoubtedly that of designer Mikki Micarelli, whose bonnet boasted 58 of the sunny blooms.


Caroline Hollingsworth, Miss Rhode Island Outstanding Teen, with John Hirschboeck

State Representative Lauren Carson spoke of the nobility of the effort to make Newport the Daffodil capital of the country, and Tree Warden Scott Wheeler thanked Mr. Hirschboeck and the financial support of Ronald Lee Fleming, making the events (which grow) every year for the past 20 years. He also applauded Mr. Hirschboek’s energy and "wackiness."

The "Playbill" for Daffy Days Events

There was a toast to the effort, and a raffle for three budding arrangements  before the evening wound down.

Seen in flowery mode and garb were  Bekki Schenker, Donna and Don McHenry, Guy Cummings, Jamie Bova of the Newport City Council, Trudy Coxe and Cynthia O'Malley of  The Preservation Society, Lynn Ceglie, Kiki McMahon, Muriel Boyd, Brian Cunha, Heather deLeone, and Liz Drayton.

                                                                       --   L.P.

Federico Santi & John Gatcher


Muriel Boyd & Tony Capati


Mikki Micarelli, Mr. Hirschboeck & Geraldine Berger



Robert McAlpine,  Pat Helgesen & Steve Brindlak



Guy Cummings, Lauren Carson & Jamie Bova, of the Newport City Council


Friend & Lynn Ceglie


Donna & Don McHenry with Liz Drayton



Ms. Hollingsworth and Nicolette Peloquin, Miss Rhode Island



Mr. Hirschboeck announcing the schedule of events



Trudy Coxe & Cynthia O'Malley



State Representative Lauren Carson congratulates the




Linda & John Hagerman


Lynn Ceglie speaks on the Daffodil Initiative



Scott Wheeler with Mr. Hirschboeck


The two Miss Rhode Island queens endorse the Daffofillion Festival


Heather Deleone & Bekki Shenker



Daffodil King William Rose and Queen, Caitlin Quintas


The Daffy Days Car Parade



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