Satsuma Blossom Festival

May 1, 2014



Maypole Dance - Satsuma Blossom Festival, Fairhope AL

I cannot begin to tell you how long I’ve waited to see a real, honest-to- goodness, in-person, May pole dance. Just my entire life.

When I was a little girl, I had a book about a giraffe that went to school, and it turns out he was good for nothing, except that they realized his neck was perfect for a May pole. Since then, I’ve wanted to experience the joy and charm of  the real deal   . . . and then, this past Saturday, there they were. Perfectly performing their dance for the Satsuma Blossom Festival (sans giraffe).  I can check “May Pole”   off the bucket list and die happy now.

Aren’t the girls from Creative Dance Outlet precious? They really did a fine job at the Satsuma Blossom Festival, held at the Fairhope Museum of History.



IMG_8619Satsuma blossoms are indeed worth celebrating. This time of year, the blossoms cover the entire Gulf Coast with their heavy, ultra-sweet fragrance. The actual fruit doesn’t mature until around Thanksgiving, but when the blossoms cover the trees, we are reminded of what goodness lies ahead in the fall.


Satsuma blossomsSatsumas are the best of the citrus family. Not too small, not too large, easy to peel, and tasty-sweet.


IMG_8620Well, no. Now that I think of it, I haven’t hugged the blossoms. I need to get busy!
IMG_8600What kind of festival do you think it would be without a bicycle decorating contest? (A lame one).



decorated bicycle fairhope al

The, “Bookin’ Beer Bike” wasn’t chosen by judge, Mrs. Alabama to be the winner,  but the theme was extremely creative and made by one of our local city librarians.



He even created a place to carry his “six pack” of books. Better luck next year.


Dogwood Trail Maids - Eastern Shore AlabamaThe crowd loved the dancers and Dogwood Trail Maids. Indoor displays of fruit and blossoms kept the museum staff busy all day with both local and out of town visitors.



maypole dance - fairhope alAnd of course, the May pole dance was a huge hit. Beautiful, sweet and fresh – just like a Satsuma Blossom.


Another very fine day to be in Fairhope, Alabama.



Click here to read my previous post about decorating with Satsuma Blossoms.

Click here to read all about Satsumas and their beautiful, fragrant blossoms.



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