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Posted: 05/21/14



FLOWERS FOR ALL

Above, Stacey Crosby from Sterling Heights does flowers for weddings, parties and special events. She also specializes in custom décor. Crosby was one of 26 vendors featured during the first-annual Flower Day and Sidewalk Sales on May 17, where a Farmer's Market and outdoor sales took place in downtown Romeo. At left, Friends of the Romeo District Library members volunteer their time to sell books and donate the proceeds to support the library's budget needs during the Flower Day and Sidewalk Sales. From left Marcie Cornett, Ann Kresse, Donna Folland and Jean Viviano, president of the non-profit group. Below, Sarah Kryscynski's Pressed In Time Décor displays some examples of her flower pressing skills. She transforms wedding bouquets and priceless memories into timeless keepsakes. The event gave local shoppers a chance to purchase flowers and other wares without making the drive to Detroit for the Eastern Market's Flower Day.

(Observer photos by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield)

Flowers and fun for
everyone at Flower Day

by CATHERINE ULRICH BRAKEFIELD
Observer Special Writer
      The sights and scents of spring were popping out up and down Main Street during the first annual Flower Day and Sidewalk Sales last Saturday.
       White domed tents and tables of 26 vendors gracefully spotted the green grass and sidewalks of Romeo. The temperatures were chilly, but the smiles of vendors and shoppers were warm.
       The Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce and Romeo Downtown Development Authority (DDA) combined efforts to make this day a success, and their efforts seemed to pay off.
       "This will be a yearly event," said DDA Executive Director Judy Sproat. "We hope to make it be bigger and better every time as we improve on the event."
       Romeo High School's Students Enriching Romeo through Volunteer Experience (SERVE) team was there to lend a hand for everything from unloading boxes to serving coffee and snacks.
       "We all worked together," said Farmer Market Coordinator Lauren Russell. "Everyone is really pushing for this event to work."
       One of the delights of Flower Day was meeting local Romeo artists and craftsmen and getting to know artists from other cities. From handcrafted jewelry to flower arranging, stained glass to face painting, there was plenty to see, learn and purchase.
       The Friends of Romeo District Library offered welcoming smiles while selling a wide assortment of used books. These efforts enable the library to go beyond its limited budget and purchase special needs and supplies.
       The downhome flavor of country music artist Austin Scott wafted through the air alongside the reds and blues of geraniums and mums. Scott will be playing this Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at Starkweather Arts Center.
       Catherine Lynn Richardson-Bristol of White Lotus Yoga provided goods like oils as a way to ensure healthy living. For more information see www.whitelotusyoga.net.
       Chamber member Deb Sisco featured her stained glass artistry during the Flower Day and Sidewalk Sales. Her shop is located in Frontier Town located at 67310 Van Dyke.
       Sarah Kryscynski's Pressed In Time Decor was featured in the Farmer's Market. Kryscynski is a stay-at-home mom and works out of her house to craft items like wedding bouquets into timeless keepsakes.
       "I was always pressing flowers when I was a little girl," said Kryscynski. "People would say, `Why don't you do this as a business?'"
       Romeo's Flower Day splashed the sights and scents of spring throughout the corridors of the village and encouraged participation from outlying communities to visit this unique town.
       "It is so nice to be in Romeo between the city and the country," said Russell.
       One such person was Stacey Crosby from Sterling Heights. She learned about Romeo's Flower Day on Facebook and promoted her business of flowers for weddings, parties and special events.
       Non-profit organizations were on hand for the day as well. Samaritan House volunteer Mary Ebert explained to attendees that they could submit recipes to the Samaritan House's Joyful Heart Cook Book soon released celebrating 20 years of community involvement. See www.samaritanhousemichigan.org for more information.
       Dave Pyrce enjoyed the day behind his busy cash register at Starkweather Arts Center, a non-profit center. Pyrce, president of the Starkweather Society, explained that Helen Starkweather was an art teacher for Romeo schools and upon her death, donated the building.
       Lori Powers introduced her unique face painting. She will offer face painting classes this summer and ceramic sculpturing in the Starkweather carriage house from June to August.
       Inside the Starkweather carriage house, located behind the gallery at 219 N. Main Street, there was standing room only for local artist, Autumn Marbel. See www.starkweatherarts.com for details about her and other artists.
      


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