What were you doing in 1979? Watching the solar eclipse, disco dancing, or maybe using the first-ever DustBuster? In Montclair, some very special women were meeting for the first time. Their mission: to beautify the natural landscape of the town and celebrate the spirit of their community.
Betty Dallery and Jean Kidd were among the small group of residents with a simple, beautiful idea: plant bulbs in the fall and then, when the bulbs are blooming in the spring, distribute a calendar of special events around town. Donations from the residents would cover the cost of the bulbs and advertising from local businesses would pay for the publication. Now almost forty years later 'May in Montclair' remains a vital volunteer-driven initiative that beautifies the town and showcases the best of what the town has to offer.
Bulbs by the thousands are ordered in September, arrive by November, and Vice Chair Cyndee Rowan (whose children are fifth generation Montclairians) transforms her garage into the tulip/daffodil depot where committee members bag, label, and deliver to eager volunteers planters all over town - in schools, gardening groups, park conservancies, houses of worship, and in the business districts. From Canterbury to Tuers, and Kaveny Field to Edgemont, the town fills the flowerbeds for a spectacular spring display.
MIM Committee Chair Karen Shinevar says there's a way for everyone to participate. For this special 40th year the goal is to plant 40,000 bulbs. "Plant bulbs, make a tulip donation in honor of a loved one, list your May event in the calendar of events, or advertise your local business in the 40th anniversary Calendar of Events book. For the first time, we will offer "40 for 40" - sacks of 40 bulbs will be available for a donation amount of $40. The bulbs will be available for pickup and planting in early November.
Whether you are new to town, love nature, or can remember those beloved women Betty Dallery or Jean Kidd, join your friends and neighbors in this special 40th year to celebrate the spirit and beauty of Montclair. Special offers for advertisers are just a click away. Your support will make it possible for this event to continue for the next forty!