Baltimore finds sponsor to continue Flower Mart

Mount Vernon association will take over operation from Women's Civic League

August 13, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

The city Flower Mart blooms again.

Baltimore's city tradition stemming to 1911 that includes flowers, crab cakes, lemon sticks and Dixieland music appeared to be ending with the century because of the dwindling and aging of its sponsors, the Women's Civic League.

But league leaders announced yesterday that the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association has agreed to continue the one-day May event next year.

"The Flower Mart continues," Liz Godwin of the league announced at the weekly news conference held by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

Schmoke, who will step down as mayor after 12 years in December, was equally happy.

In May, the mayor promised to find another group to take over the event before he departed.

Yesterday, he called it one of Baltimore's "best traditions."

"A lot of people were worried over the Flower Mart, and that we may have seen our last," Schmoke said.

New leaders said they hope to expand the event, which will be held May 17 next year with a rain date of May 18.

The association is negotiating with the Eubie Blake Society about adding a concert to the festivities.

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