Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Southern Belle

Well, this past weekend I got to be a true southern belle! Our town hosts the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival.  Each year around 125 young ladies (called the "Azalea Belles") are selected to dress in antebellum gowns and sit in the gardens in the Garden Tour and appear at other venues that are part of the festival.  So here are a few of my favorite photos from the various events. :)
Here I am enjoying the shade of my parasol in one the gardens.

This was taken at the Belle Tea held at a house right on the waterway. This event was before the actual festival and was primarily for Belles and their proud mamas!

The Garden Tour officially opened here at a ribbon cutting ceremony on the lawn of this lovely southern mansion. The belles were placed along the front alongside cadets from the Citadel.  Quite a sight.
I had some visitors too. :)