Click here to check out our wonderful Official 2012 Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival Sponsors!

Click here for a printable PDF schedule of the events which occurred during the 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival

Dred Scott was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in Jefferson City at the State Capitol.
Click to see pictures from that day!

Be sure to click on anything that is BLUE and underlined - it is a link to more information!!!
(must have Adobe pdf reader to access most of the extra information, you can download it here - Adobe PDF )
Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Photo:Wm Russell
Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce volunteers were recognized during the Cherry Blossom Festival for all their hard work.  Pictured above are some of the volunteers.  

Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteers:
Bill Walker, Becky Ramsey, Shirley Peters, Jo Walker, Lois Farnsworth, Mike Ahrens, Sharon Van Matre, Karen Case, Chris Kilpatrick, Norma Robertson, Larry Boone & June Boone
2012 Presidential Family Forum Panelists
photo: Emily Griffeth
Presidential Famiily Forum
Clifton Daniel (Truman), Marie Clinton Bruno (Clinton), Donald Nixon (Nixon), George Cleveland (Cleveland), Bertram Hayes-Davis (Jefferson Davis), Jennifer Sayles Harville (Coolidge), Dr. Richard Harding (Harding), & Jill Campbell (Polk)
First Place Blue Ribbon Pie was made by Desiree Young!
cherry pie winners

Olivia de Havilland
The incomparable Olivia de Havilland
in her 2012 Hubble Medal of Initiative

Ms. Olivia de Havilland, from her home in France, sends her thanks to Marshfield & the Cherry Blossom Festival Committee for her 2012 Hubble Medal of Initiative
2012 Hubble Medal

Alicia Rhett
Played India Wilkes in Gone With the Wind
Ms. Rhett was awarded her 2012 Hubble Medal of Initiative in South Carolina where she resides.
She was thrilled with her medal and said that she would wear it that day to lunch and dinner.

Alicia Rhett painting
Alicia Rhett is also a gifted painter
She painted this beautiful picture of her mother
Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival is in the news!
click on links to see more...


Springfield News-Leader

Jill Phillips
Photo credit: Jill Phillips - His Fingerprint Photography

Jill Phillips
Jill Phillips - His Fingerprint Photography took some
beautiful pictures of the Cherry Blossom trees this year.  

The spring turned so warm that the trees blossomed
really early this year.

Missouri Walk of Fame 2012
Nicholas Inman pictured with the 2012 Missouri Walk of Fame recipients
2012 Missouri Walk of Fame
Jean McFaddin - "America's Parade Lady"
Dawn Wells - Actress
The Presleys
- Entertainers
Rhonda Vincent - Musician
Amelia Earhart - Aviator (represented by her niece Amy Morrissey Kleppner)
Sound FX
Sound FX from Strafford High School provided high quality
entertainment at The Crossing
2012 Cherry Blossom Medal award winner
Dorothy Goza

Dorothy Goza
photo credit: Wm Russell
The official start of the 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival this year was the planting of a Cherry Tree in honor of  Charlie Moody, former Hubble Elementary Principal.  The picture to the left shows Charlie Moody with the current and former members of the school faculty/personnel that attended the tree planting. Hubble tree planting
Brett Dudenhoeffer
Bluegrass musician Brett Dudenhoeffer surrounded by several new fans!
Christina Haag, Bernadette Clark, Joyce Blaine, & George Cleveland
Cherry Blossom Festival is mentioned in the Smithsonian Magazine!!!!  Here is a short excerpt from the article "When the Country's Founding Father is Your Founding Father"

Richard Emory Gatchell, Jr.
Baltimore, Maryland

For five of the last seven years, Richard Emory Gatchell, Jr. has attended the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival in the tiny town of Marshfield, Missouri. The event, inspired by a year that its organizer Nicholas Inman spent in Washington, D.C. for an internship, draws presidential descendants from upwards of 20 administrations.

“It is the most bizarre and enriching weekend,” says Gatchell. “There are two halves of the room. There is the group that lives in anonymity and the other that wears it on their sleeve.” Gatchell is of the latter set. Although his name doesn’t overtly show it, he is a fifth-great grandson of James Monroe.

Read more: Link to Smithsonian article
Potters Wheel
Potters Wheel
Kicking off the Cherry Blossom Festival
on the night of
Wednesday, April 25 at 7 PM
Elkland Independent Methodist Church
hosted a FREE
concert in the park
at Hidden Waters Park
featuring Potters Wheel
performing on the porch of the
historic Callaway Cabin
Webster Walkers Historical Walk

Webster County Health Unit
hosted a historical walk during the Cherry Blossom Festival

WCHU Webster Walkers

WCHU Facebook page

Walk organized by the Webster County Historical Society

Marshfield Area
Chamber of Commerce

had an Open House with refreshments
on Friday, April 27 from 10 AM - 4 PM

Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce
facebook link

Art Around the Square
Art Around the Square

Last Saturdays, 4 - 8 PM
April 28 - May 26 - June 30 - July 28 - August 25
Applications available at the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Webster County Museum
Webster County Historical Museuam
Open Friday & Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM
Missouri Walk of Fame is on the sidewalk in front of the museum

Dawn Wells (Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island)
2012 Missouri Walk of Fame recipient

Dawn Wells
This was Dawn's first visit to Marshfield.  
We hope there are many more in the years to come!

Maggie Peterson Mancuso
One of our regular yearly guests is the beautiful Maggie Peterson Mancuso
Maggie is a delightful person who played
Charlene Darling on The Andy Griffith Show
Marshfield loves you Maggie!
Jenna (Bush) Hager
spoke eloquently at the
Robert and Edith Garst History
Carl & Glessie Young Auditorium

on Friday, April 27 at
9 AM

Jenna Bush Hager
Jenna Bush Hager & Dawn Wells
Jenna Hager pictured with Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island
Kami Cotler
Kami Cotler
was the speaker at the 2nd Annual
Presidential Prayer Breakfast at
Whitestone Wedding Chapel

Kami was very passionate about education and her students.  
It was a pleasure to hear from such a gifted educator & speaker!
Kami Cotler biography

Kami Cotler is best known as "Elizabeth Walton", the youngest daughter in the long-running television program "The Waltons". Following her ten years as a child actor, Ms. Cotler graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and pursued a career in education. Her first teaching position was in a small, rural district inVirginia, where she taught in an interdisciplinary, alternative program for at-risk high school students. Returning to Los Angeles in 2001 with her husband and two children, she became involved in the charter school movement as a founding co-director of a K-8 arts-integrated charterMs. Cotler is currently the founding principal of Environmental Charter Middle School, part of a network of free public schools in underserved communities of south Los Angeles that prepares students for 4-year college through unique programs focusing on experiential learning and using the environment as a relevant way to engage students and prepare them to become leaders in their communities.
Kami Cotler
2012 State Dinner was a resounding success!
Kami (seen in this picture) & Callie Cotler pitched right in and were a big help
and said they had a great time at Blackberry Creek Retreat
Presidential Family Forum
Here is a glimpse of most of the special guests to the
2012 Cherry Blossom Festival
2012 State Dinner on
Saturday Evening at
Blackberry Creek Retreat

Special Speaker
Clifton Truman Daniel
spoke of his grandfather and grandmother with love and humor

Clifton Truman Daniel at Blackberry Creek Retreat
George Cleveland, Clifton Truman Daniel, Dixie & Mark Dawson
Clifton Truman Daniel
Clifton Truman Daniel
Grandson of Harry S. Truman
Devon Nixon, Richard & Austin Gatchell & Roye Cole
Devon Nixon, Richard & Austin Gatchell & Roye H. Cole
Ken Hechler & Jesse Johnson
Ken Hechler & Jesse Johnson
Father John Jay Hughes
Father John Jay Hughes

Descendant of one of this country's founding fathers -
John Jay
& author of "No Ordinary Fool: A Testimony to Grace"
Founding Fathers Forum
was held at Marshfield Assembly of God
Saturday, April 28, 10:30 AM

Moderator was Emily Griffeth

Griffeth is the Marshfield Mail & South County Mail Editor & General Manager.  Previous experience includes serving as editor of the Cedar County Republican in Stockton, MO; associate editor of the Bolivar Herald-Free Press; and design editor of the Harrison, AR Daily Times and Newton County Times in Jasper, AR.  She is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the
University of Missouri in Columbia.

Emily Griffeth & Vicki Shalloup
Emily is pictured here with Cherry Blossom Committee Member Vicki Shalloup
Included in the forum were descendants of
 George Washington's brother, Thomas Jefferson,
John Jay, & James Monroe
Some of the special guests during 2012 festival:
Jennifer Harville (Great-granddaughter of Coolidge)
Tom Washington & family (Washington)
Richard Gatchell & family (Monroe)
Marie Clinton Bruno
Bertram Hayes-Davis & family
(Jefferson Davis and Rutherford B. Hayes)
Jenna (Bush) Hager (Pierce and Bush Family)
John Truman (Truman)
Lucian and Chris Truscott
George Cleveland (Grandson of Cleveland)
John, Neita & Jill Campbell
Mary Todd Lincoln family
Lynne Jackson
(Dred & Harriet Scott)
Dr. Richard Harding (Harding)
Dr. Ken Hechler
(aide to F.D. Roosevelt and Truman)
Maggie Peterson Mancuso ("Charlene Darling"/Andy Griffith Show)
Dr. Christopher Sullivan (Gone w/ the Wind collector & 2011 Hubble Honoree)
Lyon Tyler (Grandson of Tyler)
Susan Tyler (Great-Granddaughter of Tyler)
Dr. Richard Harding (Grand-Nephew of Harding)
Devon & Donald Nixon (Nixon & Eisenhower Family)
Clifton Truman Daniel (Truman)

English Tea

was hosted by Holy Trinity Catholic Church

on Thursday, April 26 at 2:30 PM

Speaker: Christina Haag

A few of the special guest authors who were set up at the Tea
Brenda Brinkley & Ursula Gorman

(Authors were also be set up at the Literacy awards)
Greg Giese
2012 Hubble Medal of Initiative Honoree - Surviving cast member of
"Gone With the Wind"
Greg Giese
Click here for an interview on YouTube
with Mr. Giese
Clark Gable & Olivia de Haviland

Cast to portray both newborn babies in Gone With the Wind,
Giese was filmed at just 11 days old.  
He played Melanie's baby son Beau Wilkes and
also Scarlett's baby girl Bonnie Blue Butler.  

Read more about Giese by clicking here...
Mickey Kuhn
click for bio
Mickey Kuhn

2012 Hubble Medal of Initiative Honoree -
Surviving cast member of
"Gone With the Wind"
Dr Sullivan & Mickey Kuhn
photo: Emily Griffeth
Dr. Chris Sullivan & Mickey Kuhn
at the Hubble Award Dinner

2012 Cherry Blossom
Medal Honorees

Morgan Brittany
Joseph Yakovetic
Dorothy Goza

Vendors & Bluegrass Music
were on the
Vendor on the squareBluegrass
Downtown Historic Marshfield Square

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28
Dr. Richard K. Harding
"Medical Care of the Ultimate VIP"
Dr. Richard K. Harding
The Crossing
11:15 AM Friday, April 27

Gerald Blaine
White House Secret Service Agent

Kennedy Detail

Thursday, April 26, 10:30 AM
The Crossing

2012 Cherry Blossom Medal Honoree
Morgan Brittany

Morgan Brittany (photo by Alan Mercer)
Photo by Alan Mercer

Morgan & George & Rhonda
Morgan Brittany with George Cleveland & Rhonda Vincent

Amelia Earhart will be awarded
a star on the Missouri Walk of Fame

Amelia Earhart

Accepting the star will be Amelia Earhart's niece
Amy Morrissey Kleppner
click to read Amy's bio

Read about Amelia Earhart's landing in Springfield, MO
Dred & Harriet Scott Reconciliation Forum
The Courage of Their Convictions
Hosted by the Dred Scott Foundation
Dred & Harriet Scott
was held at The Crossing Friday, April 27 at 2:30 PM

Moderator: Brenda Young
Panel Members included:
Former U.S Marshal the Honorable Robert Moore
Lynne Jackson & Bertram Hayes-Davis
2012 Cherry Blossom Medal
Artist Joseph Yakovetic
2012 Hubble Medal Initiative Recipient
Ann Rutherford
cast member of Gone With the Wind

Joseph Yakovetic & Ann Rutherford
2012 Ella Dickey
Literacy Award Honoree

Maxine Brown
Maxine Brown
Maxine's book is also available for purchase
as an EBook through Google & also on iTunes!
"Looking Back to See"
Maxine's book is in the top 4% of all time best-sellers at
University of Arkansas Press and still selling!

2012 Ella Dickey
Literacy Award Honoree

Jon Provost

Jon Provost & Teddy
The original Timmy from "Lassie"
Jon Provost

2012 Ella Dickey Literacy Award Winner

Gerald Blaine
Gerald Blaine

2012 Ella Dickey Literacy Award Winners

Gerald Blaine
Maxine Brown
Jon Provost
Amanda Smith
Christina Haag
Jim Kuhn

2012 Ella Dickey Literacy Award Winner

Amanda Smith
Amanda Smith

Jean McFaddin
2012 Walk of Fame Honoree

Jean McFaddin
Christina HaagChristina Haag
2012 Ella Dickey Literacy Award Winner

Christina Haag

Writer of Come to the Edge "a book which chronicles her childhood friendship and 5 year romance with John Kennedy, Jr."
Maggie Peterson Mancuso & Christina Haag

Christina spoke at the English Tea hosted by the Catholic Church and did a great job!
Here Christina is shown with Maggie Peterson Mancuso (who played Charlene Darling on The Andy Griffith Show) exploring some of her other artistic talents at Northview
One group of honorees at the Hubble Dinner this year were the founders of "Kids Need To Read"
Denise Gary, Nathan Fillion & PJ Haarsma.  

Nathan was unable to attend the dinner due to scheduling conflicts, but Denise and PJ were at the dinner.
click for bios

Denise GaryNathan FillionPJ Haarsma
Denise Gary, Nathan Fillion & PJ Haarsma
Founders of "Kids Need to Read"
PJ & Denise at the Hubble Awards Dinner
PJ & Denise at the Hubble Awards Dinner

2012 Walk of Fame Honoree
Rhonda Vincent
"Queen of Bluegrass"

Rhonda Vincent
Rhonda & Nicholas
Rhonda & Nicholas singing a duet
2012 Marshfield
Walk of Fame

Jean McFaddin
Amelia Earhart
The Presleys
Dawn Wells
Rhonda Vincent
2012 Brigadier General
Homer Case Medal of Patriotism
Lucian K. Truscott IV

Lucian Truscott
2012 Hubble
Medal of Initiative Honorees

Surviving cast of Gone With the Wind

Kids Need to Read Founders

Kami Cotler

Jenna (Bush) Hager

Bunny Mellon
The Jays Nest
(Marshfield Square)  
hosted a
Free concert
Featuring Keith Steward
and Chaz Knapp

on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 PM

Click here to read a nice Marshfield Mail article
from April 2011 when Jays Nest first opened.
Bluegrass Music was on the
Downtown Historic Marshfield Square
Friday, April 27 from 5 PM - 7 PM
 & Saturday, April 28 from 10 AM - 4 PM

High Hopes Bluegrass
High Hopes Bluegrass

Saturday, April 28
10-11 AM - Brett Dudenhoeffer
11 AM-Noon - Bluegrass Ramblers
1-2 PM - Flat Creek Bluegrass
2-3 PM - High Hopes Bluegrass
3-4 PM - Charles & Jan Lee

Masonic Lodge
Order of the Easter Star
Webster Chapter 439

hosted the
Cherry Blossom Festival Quilt Show
on Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Brett Dudenhoeffer
Brett Dudenhoeffer
Brett Dudenhoeffer
Brett plays at Northview, too!
    650 Loblolly Pine seedlings were given away at the Cherry Blossom Festival Booth on the SW corner of the square on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 AM.
     Loblolly Pine trees are a soft needled pine and grow well in full sun as far north as our region. One can be seen in Rotary Park on McVay Street behind the tennis courts. The Oklahoma City Memorial planted a Loblolly Pine for each person killed in that explosion. One of the fastest growing southern pines, this tree is used as a quick-screen in many landscapes. This North American native has dark green needles and narrow, red-brown, often-paired cones that are three to six inches long. Grows in a wide variety of soils and is drought tolerant. 60'-100' height with 25-35' spread. (Zones 6-9)
 Neva Schroder, Coordinator of Heritage Celebration Trailway,  thanks all the volunteers that helped individually wrap each seedling to help it survive until planting.

 Pat Collins, Terry and Joy Ewers, Chuck and Judy Picard
 along with Bill Schroder helped to make this project possible.
Cindy Garner & Urban Forester with the Department of Conservation,
did an outstanding job of getting us this species of trees for
the Cherry Blossom Festival.

A BIG Thank you to the Official Sponsors of the 2012 Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival.
The following is a list of festival sponsors for 2012...
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David Tunnell for Judge Sheila's Place of Marshfield
The Dickey House Bed and Breakfast  Blackberry Creek Retreat
US Bank Empire Bank
The Marshfield Mail Marta Fraker for Public Administrator
Clark and Shelby Lawson, Lawson Law Office
Crown Floral

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