60th Annual Apple Blossom Cotillion Underway in Springfield

Highschool girls sitting on bleachers

2016 Apple Blossom Cotillion contestants at their first rehearsal.

The 60th Apple Blossom Cotillion is more than three months away, but the hard work for its participants began on Sunday, January 3rd, at Riverside Gymnasium in Springfield and will continue every Sunday until the big night on May 7th, 2016.

Twelve high school senior girls, their chosen escorts, and parents were joined by 18 elementary school couples and their parents to learn about this year’s Cotillion and begin rehearsals.

The theme this year is “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and will feature music from the six decades of the Apple Blossom Cotillion. This year’s event will also honor the very first Apple Blossom Queen, Joan Ryan Bishop. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, a documentary film is also being produced to tell the story of this important community tradition.

The high school senior girls who will be competing for the title of Apple Blossom Queen are:

Alexis Bellows escorted by Conor Foulois, Ayres DeLorenzo with Ryan Cooney, Rebekah Ferreira with Elijah Pianka, Rayven Hersey with E.J. Bromley, Elizabeth MacKenzie with Hunter Grace, Samantha Metcalf with Jon Hildreth, Lillianna Moore with Zachary Tubbs, Nicole Murray with Christian Terry, Calista Polidor with Matthew Wright, Arianna Rowe with Mason Olney, Laurana Slobodnjak with Ian Morvan, Adrienne Stevens with Zachary Cooper.

Pam Shaughnessy, Kyla White, and Carrie Jewell are the directors of the Cotillion. They are being assisted by guest choreographers and the children’s coordinators, Tracy Austin and Candace Groner. Larry Kraft will be the event’s master of ceremonies for the 16th consecutive year.

The Apple Blossom Cotillion is a fundraiser for Springfield Hospital. The proceeds from this popular evening of community entertainment provide support for the Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award and the services of the Hospital.

For more information, please contact: Larry Kraft, 885-7644, lkraft@springfieldmed.org