Flower Mart alive, lemon sticks and all

In brief

February 28, 1997

The City Life Museums may be in trouble, the last batch of Natty Boh to be brewed here is history, but at least one bit of Baltimoriana lamented in these pages recently is not gone at all, just (oops!) forgotten.

The annual Flower Mart put on by the Women's Civic League will return in full bloom this May to its traditional setting beneath the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place.

Last spring, after decades of selling flowers, crab cakes and "lemon sticks" -- a half-lemon with a peppermint stick stuck in the middle as a straw -- the annual spring festival was not held. That decision came a year after it was moved, to great upset, to War Memorial Plaza.

But late last year, after "a tremendous outpouring of public sentiment and support for its continuation," the League decided to resume the Flower Mart, which raises money for historic preservation, scholarships and Clean City Awards. This year's date is Wednesday, May 14. Events and attractions are planned, including participation in the city's bicentennial celebration.

Far be it from us to declare any bit of living history in this city done before its time. See you under the monument in May.

Pub Date: 2/28/97

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