‘Downton Abbey’-inspired program a success


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants – comprised of Garden Club of St. Augustine members Cathy Snyder and Marilyn Smith – returned to the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library on Nov. 19 for their first in-person show since February 2020 to an enthusiastic crowd.

It was two-and-a-half years since the library last hosted this popular program, but that didn’t impact the enthusiasm of the new and longtime fans of the Sisterhood. More than 60 attendees came to the library to enjoy and learn about flower arranging inspired by the hit television show “Downton Abbey,” which debuted a second movie this year.

During the two-hour presentation, sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, patrons enjoyed light refreshments, opportunities to purchase raffle tickets to win one or more of the 20 flower arrangements created by the Sisterhood, laughter and learning, and an afternoon of fun with friends and fellow flower and/or “Downton Abbey” enthusiasts.

The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library’s raffle ticket sales at each Sisterhood show go toward sponsoring current and future library programming. Thanks to volunteer Marianne Stein, ticket sales hit an all-time high: the show’s flowers and containers for 20 arrangements cost $400, and the raffle tickets to win the flower arrangements raised $580.

Volunteers Jan Crewson and Alice Wilson provided lemonade, tea and a variety of cookies.

The library will host additional “Downton Abbey” events in the near future. Both require RSVPs. Those needing assistance may stop by the adult reference desk or call 904-827-6950. For further information, go to sjcpls.org.

  • “A Date with Downton” – 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9. (Rescheduled from September due to Hurricane Ian). RSVP at sjcpls.org/events/in-person-a-date-with-downton-rescheduled-from-sept-2022.
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants presents “Flavor and Flair: Incorporating Edibles into Regional Arrangements” – noon Jan. 21. (This event celebrates the 2023 St. Johns Reads selection, “Buttermilk Graffiti” by Edward Lee.) RSVP at sjcpls.org/events/st-johns-reads-sisterhood-of-the-traveling-plants-presents-flavor-and-flair-incorporating-edibles-into-regional-arrangements-in-person-event.