Arts in the Park markersThis past weekend, the annual Arts in the Park was another great success, and we tried to do our part to make the day special. It was a sunny day in historic Rees Park when arts patrons gathered to browse the many stalls set up throughout.

Anne Thomas, event coordinator, reserved the southeast corner of Rees Park for Perry Wellness Center. This was a perfect location, as it was only yards away from the entrance to our market. Atop a display of long leaf pine straw, a selection of plants, hanging baskets, and other market products was laid out for optimal browsing. Adjacent to the booth, a table was filled with our ever-popular painted flowerpots, designed and painted by peers, along with other gift selections.

Visitors were also invited to step across the street and visit the market, where over 5,000 plants were for sale in our five greenhouses and arbors.

“We thank Anne [Thomas] for allowing us to display on this corner,” Stuart Perry enthused. “Many guests stepped across the street and were amazed at the large variety of plants and baskets we now offer. It was a good day for our market!”

To make the market even more welcoming, peer and budding artist Javin Baker brightened the driveway with chalk directional arrows and a welcome sign graphic.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our display at the art show or stopped by the Rudy’s Happy Patch Market on their way home. And special thanks to all the peers who were so welcoming to visitors, whether with smiles of greeting or unique artwork!

In the photo, from left, Kaylon, Camry, Brad, Jinny, and Davis provide encouragement to Javin as he works on his welcoming pavement art for Arts in the Park visitors.

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