An Annual Tradition With Benefits
The Apple Blossom Cotillion, presented by Springfield Hospital, is a community tradition, a rite of passage for high school seniors, and the area’s largest single event.Taking place every May in the Riverside Gym, the Apple Blossom Cotillion may signal spring, but preparations are underway as early as January for the weekend's performances.
For years, people have arrived as soon as the doors open to get their favorite seats to watch the young women compete for the title of Apple Blossom Queen. Maybe it’s the elementary school children dressed in tuxedoes and fancy dresses, perhaps for the first time that draws the fans. All proceeds from the Cotillion are used for the Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award and to support the services of the hospital.
High school senior girls in the communities served by Springfield Hospital and the Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) network of ten community health centers are eligible to participate. Included are high schools of Springfield, Bellows Falls, Green Mountain, Black River, Fall Mountain, Stevens, Windsor, Compass School, Vermont Academy, and Woodstock, as well as home school. Elementary school children in grades Kindergarten – 4th are invited to participate in the Apple Blossom Cotillion as well.
The Directors of the 2019 Cotillion are Pam Shaughnessy and Carrie Jewell.
Applications for the 2019 event are available now and will be due back into the Development Office by December 10, 2018. Applicants who submit a completed application by the due date will participate unless the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the production. In that case, a random drawing will be held on December 13 to determine the participants.