For Bridget Gillions memories of her first business in Montross, 25 years ago, are bittersweet. The shop, Earlene’s Flowers & Gifts was torn down in 2008.
“I started there and it has a lot of memories,” said Gillions, who now owns Bridget’s Bouquets in Montross.
Gillions plans to help others bring back their own memories by giving people an opportunity to have their photos taken in front of a specially designed set to commemorate the Montross Fall Festival.
The 1974 Washington & Lee graduate said she was excited when publicity chairperson Sarah Davis came up with the idea.
“I was excited. She’s bringing in some new ideas,” Gillions said. “I think over the years I’ve seen 25 festivals and it’s just a good opportunity to pull everyone together.”
People will able to use the scenery to take their own photos, which will be a backdrop of pumpkins, hay and other festive items.
In addition to Gillions’ photo set, several exhibits will be on display at this year’s festival at the Westmoreland County Museum and Visitor’s Center, formally the Wakefield Furniture Building.
On Oct. 5, George Delano will exhibit his Civil War artifacts. The collection, which contains items Delano has excavated since 1980, has never been exhibited in Montross. Confederate buttons, bullets and other military-themed items from both the Union and Confederate armies will be on display.
Delano will be available to describe the artifacts as well as their historical significance. Children can experience Civil War history and participate in special activities.
Mourning Jewelry and items also will be on display at the county museum compliments of Judie Delano. Worn in memory of a departed loved one, Delano is providing a 30-year jewelry collection, post-mortem pictures and funeral cards acquired from England, Ireland and United States, dating from 1800 to the 1920s.
Visit the official festival website for updates, vendor and contest forms at www.montrossvirginiafestivals.com
Deadline for applications: Little Mister and Miss Fall Festival Pageant Applications are due by Sept. 26; Parade, Art & Craft Fall Show and, vendor and exhibitors Sept. 27 all to Town Hall located at 15869 Kings Highway.
Editor’s note: staff from the Westmoreland County Museum contributed to this report.