Tag Archives: Spark Events

Spark’s “Pat” of Very Pink Flamingos

Each year since our inception Spark has had a creative entry in the annual Greene Countrie Towne Festival parade. The first was a Do Da entry composed of all kinds of characters created by young children. Last year was a large Chinese dragon winding its way through the crowd and this year, a pat of ten over the top pink flamingos. The costumes were mostly the creation of Stacy Downey with assistance from Elaine Williams and others.

Spark’s Flamingo Pat on Parade

Spark’s Flamingo Pat

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Spark’s Memorial Day Parade Ride

spark paradeMemorial 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.

Roots in the Field #3 was GREAT!

Spark’s third iteration of Roots in the Field Music Fest is in the books and it was better than ever. The weather was near perfect with afternoon temps in the upper 70s and an almost cloud free blue sky.

Roots 2016 (10)
Italian sausage by Three Spoons Diner.

The crowd was a nice size and we drew music lovers from at least as far away as Columbus. Doug Gall of Three Spoons Diner served up some great food including prime rib sandwiches, mild Italian sausages, baked potato salad, and macaroni salad. The crew from Sawyer Man’s Fans was on hand again to run the beverage venue and while a goodly amount of brewed beverages were sold there was not the trace of any bad behavior. A well-behaved bunch of music lovers enjoying the weather, the vibes, and their friends.

For the first time we expanded the music lineup to five bands and all from this area. Opening the event was Cactus followed by Morgan, Hadden & Moon. The from Chillicothe Johnny the Fox Band took the stage for some great guitar work. Next to last was a wonderful set by Jay and Angie Wile, otherwise known as The Two Damns. And the headliner of the day was a bunch of musicians who’ve been playing together for years but recently changed their name from Rockin’ Country to  Taking Back Summer.

The music lineup was made possible by a group of generous sponsors including Visitors Bureau of Highland County, Merchants National Bank, Greenfield Products, Edgewood Manor, Buck’s Tire Service, U-Haul of Greenfield, and Sitterles Insurance Agency.  We’d like to also thank WVNU, the Times Gazette, and Highland County Press for all the media coverage they provided Spark.

We want to thank everyone who showed up and helped make this event possible and in doing so showed their appreciation for all Spark is doing in the community.

We’ve already began talking about next year and how Roots #4 can be made even better and we’re open for any suggestions.

PICTURE GALLERY

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Spark’s April 2nd Open Studio & Children’s Workshop

GreenBird_BirdhouseBack 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 Bird in 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

St. Paddy’s Day with Spark & Three Spoons Diner

Like last year Spark is teaming up with Three Spoons Diner for a Saint Patrick’s Day fundraiser dinner. Three Spoons will offer their entire regular menu but also a special menu of Irish favorites.

  • Where: Three Spoons Diner
  • When: Thursday, March 17th, 4-8 pm
  • Why: Because it will taste good and be fun

This will be a bring your own bottle (BYOB) event but you’ll have to also bring along whatever you require to enjoy your beverage.

Spark host will be present to welcome and seat you, everyone will receive a St. Paddy’s Day gift, and the opportunity to participate in a 50/50 drawing..

THE SPECIAL ST. PADDY’S DAY MENU WILL INCLUDE:

  • CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE –
  • IRISH LAMB STEW –
  • SHEPHERD’S PIE –
  • BANGERS & COLCANNON –
  • GUINNESS FISH & CHIPS –
  • CREAM of POTATO SOUP –
  • GUINNESS STOUT BREAD –
  • IRISH GREEN VELVET LAYER CAKE –

The special menu will be served from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Spark Boosted the Boosters!

The March 6th Coffee & Canvas fundraiser for the MHS Band Boosters was a rousing success. Greenfield art teacher and Spark member Cathy Rivas led a full house in the acrylic and canvas painting of a field of wildflowers. The Booster’s proceeds will be used to help pay for the MHS Band’s annual trip to New York City.

Here a gallery of event photos to share:

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NINE HAPPY KIDS INTRODUCED TO ASL

On February 20th, 2016 Spark’s Tom Schluep and Molly Jordan held their first American Sign Language class for children. Language plays a major part of a child developing their communication skills and exposure to any language is invaluable.

The kids who attended this class quickly became engrossed in the learning of a new language. They left Spark with armed with something they hadn’t arrived with and most clamored for more.

We’re sure Tom and Molly will be fertilizing the seeds they planted today so stay tuned for news of another such class.