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
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 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
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.
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:
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.
Kids learning and having fun.
Certified instructor, Tom Schluep
Communication skills last a lifetime.