Learning Lots: Celebrate Local and Franklin Park Rock!

The last couple of days have been educational on many fronts.  First, I finally made it over to Celebrate Local at Easton after receiving an invite for the vendors’ open house they had last night.  The store wasn’t very busy but that was a plus for me because it allowed me to meet both Lynn and Heidi, co-owners of this great store.

Lynn, co-owner

Lynn, co-owner

My guy and I browsed and chatted with both ladies who are thoroughly delightful.   I was amazed at the diversity of Ohio made and grown items that the store offers.  A variety of Ohio wines and Drake Brothers Meadery offerings; salsas, brownies, gluten free foods, teas, honey; handmade cards; a plethora of jewelry~~~gorgeous and unique in and of themselves; T-shirts; Buckeye themed gift items; fine art and so much more. One of my particular favorites were the wine corks and bottle openers made with Ohio maps by Daisy Mae Designs.  These can be customized or you can purchase pre-made items (and I found out today that these were featured on Good Morning America!…definitely will be contacting Kristy Sickles, Daisy’s owner for an interview).  I do plan on doing an interview with Heidi and Lynn soon as I think their store is a much needed and welcome addition to the Easton landscape!

So stay tuned!!!

Today I met with Dee Ashworth, Visitor Experience Coordinator at Franklin Park Conservatory, to discuss some of the final details of the upcoming Falling for Local: An Ohio Artisan Market.  I am very excited about the show, the artisans who will be participating and the amazing venue of Franklin Park.  To add to the excitement, I found out that the conservatory is busily preparing for a new artist’s installation that is absolutely breathtaking.  Dee was nice enough to take me throughout the main building to show me the various places where installations will be placed.  I had goose bumps!!!  I am anxious to see the final product and what a coup for our city as this is only the third location that artist, Bruce Monro (he is British), has placed an installation!

Bruce monro

Bruce monro

As the Conservatory’s website explains:

“Some glow with soft pulses of color. One flashes like a lightning storm. Others simply emanate beautiful, shimmering light. Bruce Munro’s imaginative and innovative light-based works create a captivating evening experience at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

bruce monro 1

Ten installations illuminate the Conservatory’s indoor and outdoor gardens, with others on view in the Cardinal Health Gallery. Bruce Munro has created new pieces inspired by the Conservatory’s spaces and two of his acclaimed works, Water-Towers and Field of Light, are re-created uniquely for the Conservatory. Installations never before seen in the U.S. will also be on view.bruce monro 2

Experience this special engagement at its most magical hour during a nighttime visit on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and select Saturdays, until 11 pm.”

The grand opening is September 25th and last through February 2014 so make sure to get out and see it!!!  And I will be writing more about Dee, the Conservatory and new things on the horizon for our city.

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