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May 6, 1992
The weather forecast is somewhat unsettling for the annual Flower Mart, the Baltimore tradition scheduled for today at Mount Vernon Place (rain date is tomorrow). But regardless of weather, this is a great day to celebrate spring around that elegant square experiencing a renaissance of late.At the Walters Art Gallery, spring is gloriously reflected in the colors of 87 masterworks of American impressionism. Interesting exhibits are also on view at the nearby Maryland Historical Society.The Flower Mart has been part of Baltimore's springtime for more than 75 years.
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Lifelong Baltimore resident Richard Greene has been coming to FlowerMart for nearly 50 years. The 63-year-old retired state employee, who now lives in Tuscany-Canterbury, is one of approximately 40,000 people expected to attend the two-day festival, a Baltimore institution that runs through Saturday in Mount Vernon. "I just like the color of it," said Greene as he eyed the scene. "There's interesting people, crazy getups. It's probably the most quintessentially Baltimore festival.
April 30, 1991
Just a reminder: The annual Flower Mart will be held at the base of Washington Monument tomorrow. Which is as good an excuse as one can think of to take a stroll through Mount Vernon Place, get some lunch, buy flowers and just enjoy crowds of smiling people having a good time.Each year since 1911 -- with a few interruptions for wars and other calamities -- the Women's Civic League has welcomed the spring with this festive Flower Mart, which by now is one of the oldest surviving civic traditions in Baltimore City.
April 25, 2014
Sunday, April 27 Veterans event VFW Post 160 in Glen Burnie will host a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with music by Jerry and the Heartaches. Monday, April 28 Photo club The Digital Photography Club of Annapolis meets at 7 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Wayne Bierbaum will make a presentation on "Bird Photography. " Information: 410-267-0461 or Wednesday, April 30 Flower mart The Four Rivers Garden Club will hold its annual Flower Mart from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Market House in downtown Annapolis.
May 16, 2001
The Baltimore Department of Public Works is advising motorists that several downtown streets will be closed today for the city's annual Flower Mart in the Mount Vernon neighborhood. Detours around the festival and parking restrictions in the area will be in effect through 11 p.m. Street closings, also in effect through 11 p.m., will include Charles Street from Centre to Read streets, and Monument and Madison streets from St. Paul to Cathedral streets. Traffic officers will direct motorists to alternate routes.
By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | May 17, 2000
Baltimore's beloved Flower Mart ushers in a new era today as it opens under new management around Mount Vernon Place. Formerly a production of the Women's Civic League, the city's annual rite of spring is now under the auspices of Flower Mart at Mount Vernon Ltd. The civic league relinquished control of the event it had staged since 1911 because it no longer had enough members to put on the ambitious flower show. Another organization, the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association, agreed to take the helm.
By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2003
The Flower Mart - since 1911, the quintessential Baltimore spring street fair known for its colorful hats and peppermint "lemon sticks" - is scheduled tomorrow around the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. Frederick Bierer, president of Flower Mart@Mount Vernon Ltd., a nonprofit group that stages the all-day affair, said yesterday the music and atmosphere is free, while food, arts and crafts and flowers are for sale. Pageantry is also an inescapable part of Flower Mart. Mayor Martin O'Malley and his wife, Baltimore District Judge Catherine O'Malley, are scheduled to participate in the opening ceremonies in a horse-drawn carriage, starting just before noon, his spokesman said.
By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Sun Staff Writer | July 19, 1994
The pursuit of money has trampled tradition in a decision to move Baltimore's annual Flower Mart out of Mount Vernon to War Memorial Plaza next year, according to the Women's Civic League, organizers of the cherished city custom.Known for geraniums, crab cakes and lemons garnished with peppermint sticks, the spring fund-raiser has not been making enough revenue in recent years, according to the Women's Civic League president. Last year, said Carolyn Simmons, the mart lost $1,000 in a rainout.
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1999
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 sponsor, the Women's Civic League.But league leaders announced yesterday that the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association has agreed to sponsor 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.
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 12, 1999
Some streets in the Mount Vernon area will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for the annual May Flower Mart, city officials said.Charles Street will be closed between Centre and Madison streets.Monument Street will be closed between Calvert and Cathedral streets.From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., parking restrictions will be in effect in the area, with cars towed on sections of Centre, Charles, Monument, Madison, Calvert and Biddle streets, Park Avenue and Mount Vernon Place.A suggested alternate northbound route from downtown is Calvert Street, according to the Department of Public Works.
By Larry Perl, | June 28, 2013
The Village Flower Mart went out of business Saturday afternoon, after 45 years at 3601 Chestnut Ave., just off The Avenue in Hampden. “It's time,” said owner Cheryl Zetlmeisl,cq 64, of Parkton, who retired and has sold the building. She would not identify the buyer and said she did not know what the 2,200-square-foot space would be used for. “Forty five years on the same corner - you don't see that much anymore,” said her son, Paul Zetlmeisl, who used to be a “flower jumper” in his youth, jumping out of the store van to deliver flowers.
Jacques Kelly | May 3, 2013
As many times as it rolls around, I never outgrow the FlowerMart, which opened Friday and runs through Saturday. It's held in May and timed to take advantage of the best part of Maryland's spring. Any event that draws so many families, especially babies in strollers, mothers and grandmothers, to a hallowed Baltimore neighborhood gets my vote, even if, truth be told, I am not much of crab cake fancier. Mount Vernon has long fascinated me. I was not long free of those baby carriages when I was taken along Charles Street and spied an exotic retail mix of first-floor and basement-level shops selling old maps, rare clocks, books, antiques or other items not found at Woolworth's.
By Richard Gorelick,
The Baltimore Sun
| May 3, 2013
Consider the lemon stick, a rite of spring in Baltimore. The signature item of the annual FlowerMart, the lemon stick is a Baltimore thing in the way that Edgar Allan Poe is a Baltimore thing - because we want it to be, and because we say so. "It's part of our pride of place," said folklorist Elaine Eff. "We own it. " The lemon stick is a peppermint candy stick jammed into the flesh of a lemon. There are traditional aspects of the lemon stick rite - buying it, having it and eating it. You suck on the stick, and, by and by, as the stick dissolves, you start to get the taste of stick and lemon, sweet and sour mixed together.
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Roads at Mount Vernon Place in and around this weekend's FlowerMart event will be closed from Thursday at 3 p.m. to Saturday at 11 p.m., FlowerMart officials said on their website. The event is held at Mount Vernon Place, at the Washington Monument, and at the four adjoining blocks in each direction. Traffic will be closed on all four sides of the Washington Monument. Madison Street and Monument Street (both westbound) will be closed where they intersect St. Paul Street and Cathedral Street (both southbound)
By Pat Moran, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
When I was a little girl, I read from an early age. I come from a family of big newspaper readers, and one of the first (and favorite) things I remember reading was the Brown section in the Sunday Sun , so-called because it was sepia in tone. Other kids may have pulled out the comics, but I pulled out the Brown section. It was full of wonderful photographs. I didn't know whether the photographer was a man or a woman when I was that young, but his name was prominently displayed: A. Aubrey Bodine.
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
The big hats, the beautiful flowers, the maypole, the lemon peppermint sticks — those are the hallmarks of Baltimore's Flowermart, an oasis of old-fashioned gentility that its organizers promise will stay that way. Which is why it's a little disturbing when its president starts talking about computers and relevancy and modernization. "We're moving into another generation," said Carol Karcher Purcell, president of Flower Mart at Mount Vernon Ltd., which has been running the century-old Baltimore street festival since 2000.
By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1995
Their gamble paid off.When the Women's Civic League members voted last year to move the annual Flower Mart to War Memorial Plaza from its original site in Mount Vernon, traditionalists were furious. The annual spring festival had endured around the base of the Washington Monument just about every year since 1911, for heaven's sake.But yesterday, as hundreds of workers poured out of downtown buildings to stroll through the mart and get lunch, even the strongest opponents of the move were conceding that the day was a success.
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.
Alan Dessoff | November 30, 2011
If restored 19th-century mansions appeal to you, you'd enjoy working at Agora, where 408 employees occupy nine such beauties in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon district. But architectural aesthetics alone don't explain the appeal of Agora, a holding company for publishers of consumer newsletters and special-interest books established in 1979. Employees also appreciate the benefits of a workplace with a casual atmosphere, "where self-directed individuals focus on the things they actually enjoy doing," CEO Myles Norin said.
By Beverly Quinones | May 24, 2011
One of the great pleasures of a Baltimore spring is the annual Flowermart, held every year in the shadow of the Washington Monument and surrounded by the parks and mansions of Mount Vernon Place. The name is a bit different (it used to be two words, Flower Mart), but many of the longtime traditions, like gaily decorated booths, ladies sporting flower bedecked hats (ala the royal wedding), foods, crafts, lemon sticks and, most importantly, the location, have been retained as part of the celebration.
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