Members of the Placerville Shakespeare Club probably think it’s about time that Sharon McDavid of Placerville accepted their nomination for El Dorado Rose. They’ve wanted to sponsor her candidacy for years, but other priorities intervened.
“They’d been asking me for years to run for Rose. I’m in good health still and I think the Rose program is wonderful for our county,” said McDavid, 73, who is a life member and past president of the Placerville Shakespeare Club. She has been at the helm of many committees and fundraisers.
“We all get along,” McDavid said of the Shakespeare Club.
McDavid seems to be the quintessential Rose.
Her résumé radiates with volunteer service, educational talents and accomplishments. But for now, a résumé is beside the point, for McDavid is basically her own walking résumé.
She shines with good will and love for her family and her community. McDavid’s family includes her husband Dr. Herb Blossom, four children and three grandchildren, all who seem to have graduated from high school within days of each other. That didn’t bother McDavid, for she likes to cook and entertain.
McDavid’s two daughters and two sons launched McDavid’s involvement with sports and other children-centered volunteer projects, even while working full-time helping to put her first husband through medical school.
“It’s important to get involved with sports with your children,” McDavid said, “As well as 4-H, scouting and all those things that enrich their lives.”
A badminton champion herself and avid skier, McDavid was thrilled when her petite, dainty daughter won the Kiwanis Wheelbarrow Race several years ago
“It just goes to show that if you’re determined, you can do a lot,” smiled McDavid. Three of her children are college graduates, and one daughter is following her passion in Wisconsin, where she is a pastry chef.
El Dorado Roses also tend to be motherly and full of love, attributes that only enhance their accomplishments and their ability to be community leaders.
To imagine what McDavid is like, one may envision the beauty of a stained glass window.
Within that window, there can be several colors and there can be multiple shapes and sizes, yet they integrate into a spectacular whole. And when the sun glints off the stained glass, there are reflections of beautiful colors in prism-like perspective.
At the same time, the stained glass — which takes incredible skill and knowledge to craft — needs to be supported and fitted perfectly within the metal frames.
With a little imagination, one might sense the essence of McDavid’s versatile résumé and life by meditating on stained glass. But add another dimension to that vision — McDavid actually makes her own stained glass.
“I really like stained glass,” said McDavid said delightfully, “and when I designed this house, I designed it with stained glass windows in mind.”
The home that McDavid designed (her second original creation) is nestled perfectly in its hillside setting, impressive, unique and graceful. Its distinct architecture, with clean lines and exquisite symmetry is enhanced by countless stained glass windows.
“I knew I couldn’t afford to buy all this stained glass, so I took a class and learned to make it myself,” McDavid said without pretension. “In fact, I made all the stained glass you see here.”
Besides being a teacher, a nurse, a wife, mother and grandmother, McDavid has a multi-faceted personality and a variety of interests, including extensive travel and impressive club and volunteer activities.
While in Virginia where her husband attended medical school, McDavid became a member of a group of doctor’s wives, where she learned a lot and supported charitable causes.
Back in California, one of McDavid’s fondest accomplishments was to establish a docent program at the Railroad Museum in Sacramento, an experience that aided her in starting docent programs in El Dorado County.
Well-read, educated and vibrant, McDavid was born in a modest part of Sacramento. Her father worked for the railroad and their existence was not always easy.
“No, it wasn’t one of those tree-lined streets,” said McDavid without rancor. “And back then, there was no air conditioning, so we sweltered in the summer.”
But in the winter, the linoleum floor was freezing.
It wasn’t that long ago that McDavid traveled back down to that very same house every day to care for her aging, ailing mother.
“And yes, I do appreciate what I have now … I just love beauty and am surrounded by it,” she asserted.
This Rose candidate who looks sophisticated and appears distinguished and insulated from life’s dramas has suffered like anyone else, and has made the best of it.
She and her husband Herb actually met at a singles party. Although her husband is older they click together, and both have education, adventure and travel in common.
“Besides,” quipped McDavid, “He’ll never have to go to a nursing home. I will take care of him no matter what. And anyway, I keep him young.”
Prism of creativity
Not only has McDavid sewed all her clothing for the Rose Pageant and activities, she designs and makes her own hats. One exquisite ensemble was made from drapery material. McDavid’s creativity and knowledge seem to be boundless, but they are blessings she shares with others.
“We all get along,” McDavid said of the Shakespeare Club. “It’s not a clique, and we work toward culture and the common good.”
A Shield volunteer and an El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce ambassador among other activities help McDavid give back to her community.
“I really like people and history,” McDavid said, knowing that such attributes become a Rose candidate whose accomplishments and achievements can only be reflected upon briefly.
Which, of course, brings back the metaphor of McDavid’s skill with stained glass. In her dining room, which boasts an understated all white with some silvery etched stained glass on the window, there is a beautiful chandelier.
The crystals and design creates prisms and reflections of light. McDavid designed and made it herself.
As Rose or a Lady of the Court, McDavid will reflect the beauty and responsibility the accolade suggests. But it will be her own unique and creative rose colors that sparkle in the prism of El Dorado County’s Rose garden.
The pageant takes place on Thursday, June 14 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
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