FLOWERMART IS UPON US!!!
Mount Vernon Place will be blossoming once again when FlowerMart returns to fill the parks with merriment, food and lovely gifts and flowers. The festival, held on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, from 11AM - 8PM both days is family-friendly and admission is free.
Entertainment: An array of
performers will entertain on two stages all day, each day. Some
of these entertainers are returning favorites, such as the Egan School
of Irish Dance and The Objections on Saturday. On Friday, enjoy
Reggie Love and Friends and the Zeta Dancers (formerly the Waxter
Center Hi-Steppers) . FlowerMart's Entertainment Chairman, Gene
Vincentt (of Gene Vincentt and the Cadillac Cruisers), will perform on
Saturday afternoon on the William Donald Schaefer stage. New
entertainment this year includes Maria Rose and Danny Elswick and Nyame
Nti Cultural Healing Arts Therapy. On Saturday, visit the
Children's Camp from 12 to 5 for a variety of children's activities.
Contests: FlowerMart's visitors
and vendors may enter any of four contests. All the fun contests
feature lovely award ribbons and prizes donated by local
businesses. On Friday, the traditional Grand Hat Contest welcomes
homemade, clever hats from adults and children in seven categories with
two grand prizes. Steve Fertig will emcee.
On Saturday, dogs and maybe other animals will
enter the Pet Parade and Contest, emceed by its chairman, Philip
Baty. Later a NEW contest will have its inaugural competition at
FlowerMart. It's called the Show Off Your Best Preakness® Hat
Contest and hopes to see women (and men if they so choose) parade
across the stage in big, beautiful hats. Catherine Pugh emcees
The last contest is the Dance Contest emceed by Gigi Barnett. Adults and children are invited to show off their dance moves in different dance styles. After the prizes are awarded, John Dawson of StudioDNA will conduct a dance lesson for the audience.
Vendors: What a great array of vendors will show off their wares or explain their services at FlowerMart this year! First are the Specialty Garden vendors. These include eMerge Inc. Greenhouse, who will bring the new supertunia honey petunias, beautiful thunbergia (Black-eyed Susan vine) hanging baskets and several varieties of coleus. If you're looking for an unusual plant, Locust Point Greenhouse will have chenille hanging baskets for sale as well as Bleeding Hearts hanging baskets plus fuchsia and caladium bedding plants.Sittin' Easy, Inc., a new vendor, will bring Appalachian white oak porch and garden furniture. D. Landreth Seeds is renamed Melera's Seeds and Roots and will have, in addition to seeds and roots, hanging baskets. Flower pouches will hang from the Jones Family Farm truck, a new vendor. If you want metal art for your garden, yet another new vendor, Jack Rak's Metal Art will have delightful items on display. Shelly's Blossoms will return with her usual fantastic array of cut flowers and hanging baskets along with, no doubt, an outstanding decorating arrangement. The two Archdiocese schools participating, Seton Keough and St. Elizabeth, will each bring perennial and annual plants. Alliance will have indoor plants for sale and will feature advice from an on-site horticulturist! Hanging chairs, bird feeders, a unique tower of plants and other garden products will also be available.
Several non-profits will set up at FlowerMart. Purses for PLASE will sell its selection of used purses to help the less fortunate. House of Ruth, Ten Thousand Villages and Lyric Opera Baltimore, selling its very cute opera-singing bears, will also be there. Drop by the Washington Monument, maintained by Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, and view their displays or climb to the top.
Mother's Day is May 8 and wouldn't she like a unique gift from you? Our vendors have those in spades. Jewelry is always popular and several vendors will sell their unique take on this product: Glam Jewelry selling sports-themed jewelry, AMR Jewelry Boutique creating personalized bracelets on the spot and Linda Wilson and Beth Payne featuring wearable art jewelry made of upcycled materials and semi-precious stones are but a sample of the variety available at FlowerMart.
Popular vendor Amazing Dresses returns and new vendor A Little Loopy Accessories will carry belts and headbands. Crushable Raffia Hats and Magic Bubble Shirts could complete Mom's ensemble.
If artistic gifts are desired, perhaps a mosaic from Oooh La La Tile Mosaics would please or a piece of hand-painted pottery from Demca Demonstration. Martha Dougherty paints lovely watercolor prints and Jlc Exposures sells color-enhanced photographs.
Many other types of products will be available at FlowerMart, including dog collars, fairy terrariums, books, cosmetics, candles, antiques, garden aprons and flags and many other gifts.
Food: And don't forget to stop by both the Food Court in front of the William Donald Schaefer stage for delectables such as brick-oven pizza, crab cakes and soup, pit beef, kosher hot dogs, Linganore Winecellars, mojitos and smoothies and more. The East Park will be selling additional delicious treats, such as homemade bonbons, kettle popcorn, strudel, coffee, pastries and soft ice cream. Enjoy our famous lemon peppermint sticks at the corner of the Peabody Institute.
Next year: The dates for FlowerMart 2017 are May 5 and 6. We hope to see you then for more pleasures and treasures.
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