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4/17/2013 9:45:00 AM
Manson Apple Blossom Marshall selected
From left, Grand Marshall Nicky Allison, Queen Gladis Castro, Princess Yaneli Perez, and Princess Jessica Jeannine.
From left, Grand Marshall Nicky Allison, Queen Gladis Castro, Princess Yaneli Perez, and Princess Jessica Jeannine.
Submitted by Jama England


Nicky Allison, along with her Husband John, Jennifer age 3, and 1 year old Jeff moved to Manson in the spring of 1974 to begin their lives as orchardists. Nicky brought along her potter's wheel and supplies and while tending to orchard responsibilities, being a full time mom and organizing a co-op preschool, she squeezed in time to convert the old apple shed on their property into a pottery studio. There she taught lessons, created functional items and developed her own glazes. This led to her first involvement with Manson Apple Blossom festival in the form of initiating a craft fair that was originally held in the grade school parking lot. As the valley population grew, a demand for interior design increased.  She opened her first design studio in a room adjacent to the pottery studio and welcomed Jama England as an associate. Both ladies graduated from WSU with BA's in interior design. In the late 70's, Nicky and her husband John with their partner Rod Weagant remodeled the old Chief Theater in downtown Manson into a retail design studio and art gallery. She was one of the founders of the Manson Merchants Association and 35 years later Allisons is still prospering in our "Village by the Bay".
Over the years her life as a community member involved wearing many hats. The family's membership in the Manson United Methodist Community Church offered numerous opportunities: Campfire Girls leader, charter member of the Lake Chelan Valley Habitat for Humanity, Sunday school chairwoman, worship leader, wedding co-coordinator, and most recently "flower lady". Nicky has been a supporter of and promoter for the Lake Chelan Valley for almost 40 years, sharing her talents with the Chamber of Commerce as a board member as well as serving as Vice President. In the past she has been honored by the Methodist Church when the Allison family was selected as "Family of the Year" in the 80's, Kiwanis chose her as "Citizen of the Year" in 1988 and the Lake Chelan Chamber recognized her as "Member of the Year" in 2010.
While operating Allisons, Nicky has been involved with other businesses in the valley. Rather than see a vacant building next door, the Allisons teamed up with the Johnsons to open and run the t-shirt shop Silver Screens for several years in the 80's. Nicky and Mary Signorilli hoped that Chelan was ready for an art gallery in the early 90's and opened Signatures for a short run. Nicky is now involved with her Cutting Garden and has progressed from the Farmers Market to a boutique business growing and arranging flowers with Heidi Griffith. From Easter egg hunts to seed spitting on the 4th of July, pumpkin growing and pumpkin carving at Halloween to the Living Nativity at Christmas time, Nicky has been instrumental in initiating or helping make things happen in our village.
Over the years Nicky has been responsive to the needs of the Apple Blossom festival committee. Allisons has sponsored the student art show for many years (the brain child of Rod Weagant and Phil Thomas). She has decorated the stage for selection night and the pageant, entered the edible apple contest and the parade, enjoyed watching as her daughter Jennifer rode the queens float as a princess in 1988, and once upon a time she chaired the dance committee! She has run (or walked) in the festival run, helped with the chicken noodle dinner, and in recent years Nicky has provided the centerpieces for the dinner. She won the "peoples choice" award at the AB 2012 Community art show. And now is looking forward to the honor of riding in the parade and is delighted to be a part of this amazing tradition along with the royalty!






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