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Highlights on The Secret Language of Flowers!

The Friends of Harmony Hall welcomed interior designer Linda Karen on Saturday, February 10, as she delivered a fascinating presentation about the prevalent language of flowers during Victorian times. The interactive experience of making a tussie-mussie allowed guests to explore the historical significance of numerous types of flowers while gaining insight into their specific symbolism. A perfect pre-spring celebration just in time for Valentine's Day!

The beauty of the Harmony Hall 1848 double parlor added to Victorian history, and the start of recent window restoration work inspired a spirited conversation regarding the benefit of historic preservation in our historic corridor. Many first-time guests to Harmony Hall were enthusiastic about the house and have offered to spearhead the production of creative new events! Stay tuned…

Event participants' comments were uniformly positive, including Maria Fiat, who described the event as a “Really nice and beautiful presentation.” Deb Manfredonio described The Language of Flowers as: “An enchanting afternoon!” Karen Galeazzi of Park Ridge, NJ, said, “I had a great time learning about the secret meaning of flowers, and Harmony Hall is the perfect setting to make my beautiful tussie-mussie.”

Following Linda’s captivating presentation, guests enjoyed a toast of sparkling cider and sweet treats in the dining room, which were donated by the Harmony Hall board and members.

Artfully spring-inspired cookies courtesy of The Village Blend, Sloatsburg, added a bright touch to the table. Harmony Hall is grateful for and would like to recognize donations from Tuxedo Wine & Spirits, Tuxedo Park; Powerhouse Gym-Monroe, Harriman; Pine Knoll Florist, and Petal & Stems Florist, Suffern; for showpiece bouquets. These generous donations helped make this a successful event. Thank you, Linda, for a beautiful and well-received presentation!

Photos: Geoff Welch, Peter Bush, and other friends of the Friends.

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