Royal Rosarian Blessing
The Royal Rosarian Blessing of the Rose Festival was held at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church Sunday afternoon. The event serves as the annual kickoff for the Portland Rose Festival. It was held in Lake Oswego because the selection of the church used for the event is the choice of the Royal Rosarian Prime Minister, who this year is Lake Oswego's Peter Glazer. Glazer and First Lady Cyndie Glazer are surrounded by the 2008 Rose Festival Court at the church.
About 50 Royal Rosarians participated along with a crowd of about 150. In addition to the Royal Rosarian Rose Planting Ceremony and reception, the program also included recognition of Portland Rose Festival Foundation, Royal Rosarians, Portland Rose Society and Blue Back Council of the U.S. Navy League who have died in the past year.