1931: A bevy of princesses serve Alice LaFetra (right), the 1931 Lilac Queen. The tradition of selecting a queen and court began a year earlier. — Courtesy Lombard Historical Society / Handout, Sept. 16, 2014 (via Chicago Tribune)

I grew up in a Chicago suburb known for its lilac festival so I was tickled by the Dark Lilac Lamy Safari offered this spring as part of its limited edition color series. I remember the whole town ends up smelling like lilacs by the end of April which I always liked. Its goofy and quaint and I’m glad to see that they still have the festival and crown a Lilac Queen, even a Little Lilac Queen. Some things never change. The new Dark Lilac Lamy Safari will forever remind me of the Lilac Festival so its release date is perfectly timed.

Frank over at Fontoplumo has generously offered readers of The Well-Appointed Desk the chance to win one limited edition Lamy Dark Lilac Safari fountain pen plus a pack of matching Dark Lilac fountain pen ink. The winner may select nib size (EF, F, M or B).

The Dark Lilac Safari series also includes a rollerball and ballpoint pen. Just so you know.

TO ENTER: Please leave a comment below and tell me what event signals the arrival of Spring for you. Oh, and READ THE FINE PRINT!

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Parcel is shipped directly from Fontoplumo by standard first class post. If insurance or other delivery is request, winner will be required to pay for additional shipping charges. Winner is responsible for any VAT, taxes or import fees. This giveaway is open to all readers.


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265 Comments on Dark Lilac (Lamy) Festival Time

  1. Spring starts for me when I get out on the practice field for my kids’ baseball teams for the first time each year. So, tomorrow, spring finally arrives for me!

  2. I know spring has arrived when I see the thick yellow clouds of pollen in the air.The pollen coats everything, cars and porches turn yellow. When it rains, yellow water pours off my roof. Ah spring, the yellowest season.

  3. The clouds of pollen and the humidity of southern Florida signal the arrival of spring for me. I welcome it somewhat reluctantly. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  4. I LOVE when my lilac bushes finally bloom and the smell wafting into my house. I also love seeing the puddles and having my windows open.

  5. Pretty simple, really… I know spring has sprung when a certain blooming tree makes me repeatedly sneeze, and there’s now some daylight remaining when I get off work.

    That dark lilac Lamy Safari looks luscious.

    I just wanted to add that I’ve become a real fan of your blog, and I ended up ordering a Hobonichi Techo because of your blog post.

  6. For me, Spring arrives with air that holds the softness of silk, while the setting sun throws rose petals into the echoing sky.

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