3/30/05 - TESSA ROSE FERRER
, granddaughter of Rosemary Clooney
, named Queen of the 78th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
...Tessa Rose Ferrer Arrives for Festival Reign
...Tessa Rose Ferrer's New York University drama professor told her she would fail if she missed the last few days of her acting classes.
had made up her
was going to accept an invitation to reign over the 78th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
teacher relented and allowed Tessa
to pass her
class and come to Winchester and serve as Queen Shenandoah LXXVIII. (Her official Coronation will take place on Friday.)
"It was really, really tough to get out of my acting studio," she
said on Wednesday at the Merrimans Lane home where she
will reside during the festival.Tessa
, a 19-year-old freshman studying acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
, arrived in Winchester on Wednesday afternoon, smiling and looking forward to what will come.
"I'm open to all that's going to happen this weekend," she
said."Rain or shine." Tessa is the daughter of singer/actress Debby Boone and Episcopal minister Gabrielle Ferrer.
Both of her
grandfathers, pop singer Pat Boone and the late Academy Award-winning actor Jose Ferrer, attended Apple
Blossom Festivals as special guests in 1999 and 1979, respectively.
Two of Ferrer's aunts have served as festival queens: Laury Boone in 1977 and Maria Ferrer Murdock in 1979.This year, Maria will crown Ferrer
during the Coronation ceremony at Handley High School
For a woman with such strong family ties to the festival, Tessa
knew little about the event before agreeing to accept her
"I didn't even know until six months ago, when I started finding out about this," she
said."Then I started to realize that this is a town that's filled with so much history.This is a festival with so much weaved through it." Tessa
aunts told her
that the festival was an experience they couldn't explain until she
had gone through it.Maria Murdock gave her
only a little preview.
kind of wanted it to be a surprise," Tessa
kept saying if I didn't go, I would be missing something very big."
After accepting the invitation to be queen, Tessa
had an image of how she
white dress to look for the Coronation.She
never quite found what she
was looking for, but settled on one after conferring with her
Two days ago, she
found a better match to what she
envisioned at a New York thrift store, Angel Thrift.
"It was the closest to what I wanted," she
said of the dress she
will wear to the ceremony. Tessa
, who comes from a long line of successful performers, said she
wants to pursue work in theater, but feels little pressure.
"There's something that I get out of theater that I want to have a strong ground in before I do anything else," she
seems ready for the next three event-filled days: "I've looked over most of [the schedule].
...Tessa Rose Ferrer, 19, is the daughter of actress/singer Debby Boone and Episcopal minister Gabrielle Ferrer. Her grandfathers, Pat Boone and Jose Ferrer, have been guests at the festival.
...Tessa Rose Ferrer
, 19, is bringing her
family's history with the festival full circle.She will be the third festival queen from her family, and both of her grandfathers have been guests at the festival, said Kay Bollinger, chairman of the Celebrities Committee.Tessa is the daughter of actress/singer Debby Boone and Episcopal minister Gabrielle Ferrer, and the granddaughter of maternal grandparents Pat and Shirley Boone and paternal grandparents Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer.
Jose Ferrer and Pat Boone attended the festival in 1979 and 1999, respectively.
Two of Tessa's aunts have served as festival queens: Maria Ferrer in 1979 and Laury Boone in 1977, according to festival officials.Both aunts are proud that another family member gets to take part in the festival, said Tessa, a student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
The honor is exciting because being queen enables her
to be a part of something ingrained in a community, she
said, adding that the event is drenched in history.Tessa
, 5 feet, 8 inches tall with blond hair, said her
excitement about the festival has been distracting her
from school work, and noted that she
occasionally sets aside a paper to study her
wardrobe to decide which items to bring to Winchester.
hasn't selected a Coronation dress yet.Tessa
has a couple of dresses in sight, but is still looking for her
So far, the best advice Maria Ferrer , who plans to accompany her
to the festival , has offered for clothing choices is comfortable shoes, Tessa
Tessa's chance to reign in front of thousands should come naturally because of her
showbusiness lineage.It doesn't hurt that she's
studying acting in college, too.
Right now, she
is absorbing all she
can, but can't predict what an acting future might hold.She
described it as a roll of the dice.
Some of Tessa's cousins are also in show business , including actors George Clooney and Miguel Ferrer.
Of course, music is also a large of part of Tessa's life, she
mother, Debby Boone, has just completed a new album, after putting her
career on hold to raise Tessa
three siblings, Jordan, 24, Gabrielle, 21, and Dustin, 21.
"I absolutely love to sing.Music is a big part of my life," she
said she'll often sing some of her
grandmother Rosemary Clooney's songs to herself and her
grandfather Pat Boone's remake of Little Richard's "Tutti-Frutti" makes her
No announcement has been made about who will crown Tessa
, Bollinger said.