Just the mere mention of the word "spring" conjures up the image of gardens with fresh flowers and vegetables basking in the glow of the sunshine.
Organizers of the 21st annual House and Garden Show at the Waverly Community House are playing upon that image this year by inviting Clarks Summit's Be Life Café and Marketplace to cater the event. The restaurant is known for its use of organic ingredients grown locally.
Rebekah Carlyle, who owns Be Life Café and Marketplace, explained why her restaurant and the House and Garden Show go well together.
"The House and Garden Show is a huge market for us; a lot of our neighbors in Clarks Summit might not have had the opportunity to visit Be Life Café and Marketplace and the show coincides with our Earth-oriented style of cooking," she said. "We use a lot of fresh herbs and we are really inspired by flowers with the arrival of spring."
This year's House and Garden Show will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show tickets are $6 at the door.
Susie Sugerman, who coordinated the House and Garden Show luncheon, explained that the show is just one of many signs that spring has arrived in the Abingtons.
"People look forward to this show every year because it is the first taste of spring," she said. "It is exciting to get out after the winter and enjoy a day of shopping and lunch. The House and Garden Show is a great event highlighting spring with all of the blooming of new life after the winter and Be Life was the perfect fit."
This year's menu will include a tarragon basil pesto chicken salad sandwich, Parisian leek onion soup with toasted croutons and melted cheese, a bacon avocado BLT with lemon basil and black pepper mayonnaise and a house quiche with Havarti cheese, spinach and spring onions topped with a tomato salsa.
"We wanted this year's menu to be familiar for people who have come to the show for years but take it up a level by offering fresh herbs and produce," Carlyle said.
For more information on the House and Garden Show, visit www.waverlycomm.org.