For Bridget Gillions memories of her first business in Montross, 25 years ago, are bittersweet. The shop, Earlene’s Flowers & Gifts was torn down in 2008.
“I started there and it has a lot of memories,” said Gillions, who now owns Bridget’s Bouquets in Montross.
Gillions plans to help others bring back their own memories by giving people an opportunity to have their photos taken in front of a specially designed set to commemorate the Montross Fall Festival.
The 1974 Washington & Lee graduate said she was excited when publicity chairperson Sarah Davis came up with the idea.
“I was excited. She’s bringing in some new ideas,” Gillions said. “I think over the years I’ve seen 25 festivals and it’s just a good opportunity to pull everyone together.”
People will able to use the scenery to take their own photos, which will be a backdrop of pumpkins, hay and other festive items.
In addition to Gillions’ photo set, several exhibits will be on display at this year’s festival at the Westmoreland County Museum and Visitor’s Center, formally the Wakefield Furniture Building.