photos courtesy of www.daffodilfestival.com
Spring is just around the corner and guests are starting to book their visit to celebrate the annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival.
Started by the Chamber of Commerce in 1970, the Nantucket Daffodil Festival celebrates an awakening of the season, accompanied by an array of antique cars and a parade of locals and visitors donned head to foot in daffodils. Forty-six years later, the Nantucket Daffodil Festival includes tours, parades, lectures, art exhibits, exhibitions, contests and all thing daffodil. Reservations for accommodations, ferries and restaurants should be booked in advance.
The 2016 Nantucket Daffodil Festival will be held April 29th through May 1st. For additional information, visit www.daffodilfestival.com.
One of our favorite poems related to daffodils is by William Wordsworth; we hope that you will enjoy the poem as well.
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
by William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills.
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils.
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way.
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay.
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee.
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company.
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood.
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude.
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.