Memorial Day this year is Monday, May 30 and once again Spark will help the kids and adults of the area honor the day with a patriotic display of decorated bicycles, tricycles, skate boards, roller skates, buggy, carriages, strollers, walkers or any other sort of conveyance.
Bring your machines to the 5th Street school colonnades around 9 am Monday morning and Spark will provide you with red, white & blue streamers, balloons, flags and other patriotic bling to spiff up your ride for the parade. Adults are encouraged to help kids get their bikes parade ready.
The parade should begin at approximately 10:00 am and will wind up at the Greenfield Cemetery.
Back before Christmas Spark decided to have an Open Studio every two months and invite the public to observe and maybe take part in some of the artistic interest of our members. We also decided to have an art related activity for children and to try to keep it free.
Our next OS is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 from noon till 3:00 pm. The event is being sponsored by Adena Greenfield Medical Center and the free children’s activity is going to be building biodegradable bird nesting houses provided us by Dave Allen of Green Birdin Cincinnati. After assembly the children will be provided acrylic paints and brushes and given the opportunity to customize their Green Bird house before taking them home to hand on a nearby tree limb.
We’ll probably have a pot of coffee on and something sweet to snack on. We’re going to be limited to thirty-six bird houses so it’s going to be one of those early bird gets the worm thing!
This is the perfect season for this project and if your scout troop is needing to work on a related merit badge feel free to bring them down
Some time ago Spark decided to hold an Open Studio every other month and to try including a free event for children and their parents. In December it was a well attended Christmas decorations workshop and on February 6th it was a workshop, led by Tom Schluep, on making decorative bowls from recycled newspaper and magazine pages. Someone donated a big tub of Beanie Babies so many of the kids took home a bowl of Beanies. The work tables remained active for the entire three hours and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Also present were Spark members Elaine Williams demonstrating her art of jewelry making while Eric Salyers worked on carving a nice walking stick. Our next Open House will be in early April.
We did it again! For the second year we sold every last drop of the four wonderful homemade soups provided us by Doug Gall of Three Spoons Diner.
For over two hours the room was filled with happy people enjoying their handmade stoneware bowls filled with all they desired of German Potato Dumpling, Chili, Corn and Roasted Pepper Chowder, or New England Clam Chowder soups. Three Spoons also provided a couple of large pans of excellent sweet yellow cornbread.
The desserts included homemade chocolate cookies, chocolate covered football sugar cookies, and Texas sheet cake.
This year’s soup bowls came from potter Margaret Gingerich of Nelsonville, OH.
Spark wants to thank Three Spoons Diner for their continued support and all those who attended and showed their support for Spark’s activities.
The annual Greenfield Christmas Parade is on the evening of Saturday, December 5th. To help make the day even more special Spark is hosting another of its Open Studio events and welcoming everyone to drop by and see what our artists are working on and maybe get involved with making some art of your own.
We’re also holding a free Children’s Christmas Craft Workshop in which kids will be instructed on making a variety of holiday decorations to both take home and to help decorate Spark’s Christmas Tree.
Come for a minute or come for the afternoon, we’ll have the coffee pot on and a variety of sweet treats.
On Monday, May 27, 2015 Spark put out the call for bikers, trikers, and strollers of all ages to come decorate their vehicles in red, white and blue and join together riding in the annual Memorial Day Parade. Susan Thompson graciously donated all the materials and twenty young riders heeded the call and helped celebrate the memory of our nation’s veterans.
The 2015 issue of Roots in the Field Music Fest was a huge success and much of that resulting from the mistakes made and lessons learned from our first attempt in 2014.
We began the festivities earlier, tripled the number of bands, two with local connections, received major financial backing from a number of local business and organizations, partnered up with a fellow non-profit, Sawyer Man’s Fans, who handled all the beverage offerings, and brought in Craig and Ian’s Smoke Meats to keep everyone’s bellies happy and hummin’.
Spark did a better job of getting the word out. Relying heavily on the power of social media we had people present from as far away as Circleville, Columbus and Middletown.
Spark thanks all of you who assisted in any manner and even more the several hundred who showed their support by simply taking time from their busy lives to come enjoy what we offered, the art of music in our backyard.
A special recognition must be given to the organizations and businesses who so generously helped cover out entertainment expenses. Thank you so much to:
Greenfield Products, Greenfield Research, Buck’s Tires, Sitterle Insurance, Merchant’s National Bank, Greenfield U-Haul dealership, Edgewood Manor and the Visitor Bureau of Highland County. A special thanks also goes out to the Beatty Farms for use of their hay wagons.
The general public is invited to attend a special gallery showing of selected works by senior art students at McClain High School, Wednesday evening, April 29 from 6-8:00 pm. Works will be on display at Spark’s studio at 251 Jefferson St., in Greenfield.
There will be a $1 per person fee which will be donated back to the art scholarship fund at McClain High School.