In Service of the  ROSE

Rose Service Guild installs new officers, begins prep for Mountain Makins Preview Night

New officers of the Rose Service Guild were installed in May for the 2019-20 event season at Rose Center in Morristown. The season runs September through May of each year, with several events also scheduled through summer months.

Guild members host and participate in a number of support activities for the Rose, while providing a social network for women of all ages throughout the community.

“Through its programs and your hard work, we make life a little more beautiful, a little more cultural and a little more meaningful for all Lakeway Area residents, whether they know it or not.” Rose Center Office Manager Candy Durman said.

The Guild typically holds an open house in August; the gathering was organized as a way to provide information about the Guild and encourage those interested in participation to meet with members.

Chartered in 1979, the Rose Service Guild is a non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to take on projects which will promote the growth and of development Rose Center Council for the Arts. Rose Center is a hub for community cultural activities housed in Morristown’s first co-educational public school, built in 1892.

The No. 1 priority of the Rose Service Guild is having fun and fostering a love for the Rose. The fundamentals of Guild service include participating in at least two activities at the Rose during the year, with all Guild members assisting with the Mountain Makins Festival, the largest fundraiser for the Rose.

“As a newcomer to the area, I was looking for a way to not only meet new people, but also a way to give back to this beautiful area,” incoming Guild President Marcelle Martin said. “The Service Guild has done just that. I have met and made great friends. I have enjoyed so many activities that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. It’s by far the best organization and a great bunch of folks.”

Options for Guild participation include assisting with monthly art receptions for exhibits in the Edith Davis Gallery and Jean Keener Community Room; decorating the Rose for the holidays, hosting the annual Holiday Open House and assisting with the Kelley Marie Chic Boutique Spring and Fall Benefit Fashion Shows (the fall edition will be held Aug. 29 at Prater Hall).

Guild members also serve on committees; serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Rose and encourage community participation and membership in Rose Center Council for the Arts.

Art shows at the Rose consist of monthly rotating exhibits in the art gallery or community room, annual middle and high school art competitions and artist workshops for the public.

The Mountain Makins’ Festival is held the fourth weekend in October and is the county’s largest two-day event.

The Rose and its outdoor areas are filled with crafters, artists, exhibits, storytelling, the Country Store, live entertainment and more.

The Rose Service Guild hosts the Preview Night activities that include perusing the decorations throughout the Rose; the Showcase of Artists during which awards of merit are presented; early-bird shopping at vendor booths for ticket holders, live musical entertainment and an extensive buffet of delectables presented in Prater Hall.

The first committee meeting for the 2019 Preview was held in May. Preview Committee Chairman is Megan Wheeler and she said the menu for this year has been simplified to benefit both volunteers and those enjoying the sweet and savory buffet.

It will include, but not be limited to, items like shrimp cocktail, tangy meatballs, crab salad and cucumber bites, Black-Eyed Pea Hummus, Cream Cheese with Jezebel Sauce and assorted desserts.

Those who would like to volunteer to help with the Preview reception are not required to be Guild members.

Guild dues are $15 per year and payable each September. General meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, September-May, in the Jean Keener Community Room at the Rose. Meetings begin at 11:45 a.m. and generally last about 90 minutes.

A light buffet is provided or members may “brown bag” lunch.

Rose Center Council for the Arts is located at 442 W. 2nd North St. For more information about the Guild, visit or call 423-581-4330.