The 79th annual Dogwood Festival, sponsored by Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, got off to a sunny start Friday, but the signature blossoms were missing from the springtime event.
Rescheduled a few years ago by festival organizers to a date a week earlier than the traditional Mother's Day weekend, few of the dogwoods were in bloom Friday morning, though that didn't stop attendees from visiting the festival grounds of the historic church.
Tree Warden Ken Placko said this year's cold spring is to blame for the dearth of dogwood blossoms.
"They should be out by now," Placko said Friday, "but they're not and that's because of the cool, wet spring we've had so far. It's really delayed that action on their part."
The festival continues through the weekend and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. Sunday.
Events on Saturday include the Dogwood Dash and Kids Fun Run and a Hawaiian luau-themed "Party on the Green" at night.
Other attractions include arts and crafts vendors, an art show, musical performances, a walking tour and Kate's Corner selling attic treasures.
For details, visit www.greenfieldhillchurch.com.