Featured Auction Item of the Week: Cornhole Boards

In the weeks to come, we’ll be featuring an in-depth look at some Silent Auction items that will be available during the Spread the Joy Luncheon on Wednesday, October 18.

Cornhole Boards, Hand made and Hand painted in the USA

This week’s featured auction item is a set of 2 Cornhole Boards with 2 sets of beanbags. Cornhole, also known as dummy boards, bean bag toss, doghouse, and Baggo, is a lawn game for 2 to 4 players. The players take turns throwing bean bags (originally bags of corn) at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. A player who gets the bag in the hole scores 3 points; a bag on the platform scores 1 point. Play continues until a team or player scores 21 points (or more). Go to https://www.playcornhole.org/ for the American Cornhole Assoiation (ACA) for official rules.

These cornhole boards are hand painted with various local icons that spell “Boston”
B-Bruins, Boston’s Hockey Team
O-Celtics, Boston’s Basketball Team logo with Shamrock
S-Red Sox, Boston’s Baseball Team
T-MBTA logo for Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Boston’s bus and subway train transportation system.
O-Logo of the Citco Oil Company that has been a part of the Boston skyline since 1965. Located in Kenmore Square, the Citgo sign became a landmark because it is visible during Red Sox Games at Fenway Park.
N-New England Patriots, football team (Go Pats!)

The wood for the cornhole boards was donated by a POF volunteer. The volunteer’s daughter, who is a high school computer teacher, had the wood shop teacher at her school make the boards, and then she hand-painted them.

Click to see the growing list of the items that will be available at the auction.

See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!

If you still don’t have your tickets for the event, get them now, before they sell out.

Come Join Us at a Farmers’ Market

Betty T. and Janet D. Power of Flowers Booth at the Tewksbury Farmers’ Market

The times they are a changin’… Can you feel it? There’s a slight nip in the air, a crispness that wasn’t there a few weeks ago. Fall is here.

With fall comes the delightful tradition of Farmers’ Markets. Where local farmers and backyard growers bring their bounty to share with the community. Power of Flowers is proud to set up a booth at some local Farmers’ Markets, where you and your whole family can come to meet a smiling POF Volunteer in person, take some literature, admire some sample POF signature bouquets and even take one home for a donation.

Here’s a list of four local Farmers’ Markets where Power of Flowers will be in the next few weeks:

CHELMSFORD, MA on Thursday, September 7, from 2:00pm – 6:30pm
On the Common, 7 Academy Street, Chelmsford
Since 2009, the Chelmsford Farmers’ Market has been bringing fresh produce and prepared foods to the community. It was voted 13th in the Nation as Best Farmers’ Market in 2010. The Chelmsford Farmers’ Market will continue on Thursdays ‘ til September 28.
Visit Chelmsford Farmers’ Market on Facebook for a list of vendors and contact information.

WILMINGTON, MA on Sunday, September 17, from 10.00am – 1:00pmPhoto by Rosemary B. Intingaro
Swain Green across from the Town Common at 140 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington
Now in their 6th year, Wilmington Farmers’ Market Association is a group of volunteers dedicated to bringing a farmers’ market to the community every summer.
The Wilmington Farmers’ Market will continue on Sundays until October 29.
Visit the Wilmington Farmers’ Market website at www.wilmingtonfarmersmarket.com for more information, a list of vendors, and an entertainment schedule.

Photo by Rosemary B. Intingaro

ANDOVER, MA on Saturday, September 30, from 10.00am – 2:00pm
South Lawn of the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street, Andover
In addition to providing the community with freshly grown local produce and baked and prepared foods, the Andover Farmers’ Market offers educational programming and promotes healthy eating, local economies, sustainability, and community spirit.
Can’t make it on September 30, the Andover Farmers’ Market continues on Saturdays until October 21. Get more information about the Andover Farmers’ Market on the Historical Society Website www.andoverhistorical.org or visit them on Facebook.

Photo by Rosemary B. Intingaro

TEWKSBURY, MA on Tuesday, October 3, from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Tewksbury Town Common at 1009 Main Street in Tewksbury
Now in their 5th year, the Tewksbury Farmers’ Market has provided fresh fruits, veggies, meats, flowers, organic Items, handmade arts and crafts, and children’s activities. They continue Tuesdays until October 31. For more information, visit them on Facebook.

Fresh fruit, local vegetables, prepared foods, baked goods, arts and crafts, honey, music, children’s activities, flowers: come join the fun of a farmers’ market in your community

Featured Auction Item of the Week: New York City Package

In the weeks to come, we’ll be featuring an in-depth look at some Silent Auction items that will be available during the Spread the Joy Luncheon on Wednesday, October 18.

By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Take a Bite Outta New York

Here is a chance for you to slip away to New York City for a couple of days. This wonderful package includes:

    • A Broadway.com voucher for $300, which can be redeemed for tickets to any Broadway or Off-Broadway show currently playing in New York City. Check out the website www.Broadway.com for more information and to see a list of shows
    • A gift certificate for $550 you can put toward your hotel and food and restaurants

Although you can use these gift certificates at any time, picture yourself tasting the Big Apple in springtime. Plan your trip to coincide with some fun activities going on in the New Year; for example:

Picture by Rosemary B. IntingaroMacy’s Flower Show in the March/April timeframe, usually lasts 2 weeks and features floral creations throughout the store with live music, kids’ activities, and flower-centric seminars. See www.macys.com for details.

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival held on Easter (April 1, 2018) starts around 10 AM to 4 PM. In a tradition dating back to the 1870s, participants put on their festive finery and march north on Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to 57th Street. The St. Patrick’s Cathedral area is the best place to watch. Photo by Rosemary B. Intingaro

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit 2018 Spring Show held on Memorial Day Weekend May 26, 27, 28 and June 2 and 3. The venue on University Place starts at East 13th Street and continues south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street. This bi-annual event attracts artists and crafts artisans from around the world. See their website www.wsoae.org for details

The New York Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest of any city in the US. See their website for admission, hours, and directions www.nybg.org.

Whenever you plan to take advantage of your auction winnings, there’s plenty to do in NYC.

The gift certificates were donated by a generous, long-time POF volunteer, who suggests using C and J Bus Lines, a luxury bus that goes directly from Tewksbury to Times Square non-stop in 4 hours. Check out their website for rates and schedules at www.ridecj.com/locations/tewksbury-ma/

Click to see the growing list of the items that will be available at the auction.

Start Spreadin’ the News! See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!

If you still don’t have your tickets for the event, get them now, before they sell out.

Featured Auction Item of the Week: Forest Path Lace Stole

In the weeks to come, we’ll be featuring an in-depth look at some Silent Auction items that will be available during the Spread the Joy Luncheon on Wednesday, October 18.

This week’s item is a stunning, elegant stole hand-knit from green bamboo fiber in the Forest Path Lace pattern.

Hand Knit Forest Path Lace Stole – Pale Green Bamboo Fiber

With a finished size of approximately 33″ x 64″ it is a perfect trans-seasonal garment.

The luxurious bamboo fiber in pale moss-green (or sage) gives a lovely drape and sheen. The stole is hand-washable and requires no special blocking – just lay it flat to dry.

The Forest Path Stole pattern, designed by Faina Letoutchaia, combines knit entrelac techniques with variations on lace stitch patterns. Each of the three lace patterns – fern, birch leaves, and lily of the valley – were inspired by a springtime walk in the forest.

This gorgeous garment was knit and donated to the Silent Auction by a POF volunteer. A veteran knitter (learning to knit while a Girl Scout), she has donated her wonderful handiwork to the last two auctions: A Begonia Swirl Shawl with beads (2016) and an Icarus Shawl also with beads (2015).

With its intricate design and delicate color, this piece is not accurately presented by our pictures — they don’t do it justice. Stop by the Silent Auction tables to see this lovely stole up close and personal.

Click to see the growing list of the items that will be available at the auction.

See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!

If you still don’t have your tickets for the event, get them now, before they sell out.

Featured Silent Auction Item of the Week

Each week this blog will feature an in-depth look at some Silent Auction items that will be available during the Spread the Joy Luncheon on Wednesday, October 18, at the Tewksbury Country Club.

First Up is a beautiful, original Tree of Life painting on authentic, hand-made Sandallia papyrus from Aswan, Egypt.

Original Painting of The Tree of Life on Authentic Papyrus

The 11″ x 14″ glass-framed painting depicts several colorful birds in various shades of blue, red, and gold on green branches of the tree. Authentic papyrus is opaque, thus this piece is framed on both sides in glass.

Papyrus is a material similar to thick paper that was used in ancient Egypt as a writing surface. It is made from the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus, which is a member of the sedge family that grows wild in the marshes of the Nile Delta

This stunning piece was purchased by a POF volunteer in Egypt and brought back for the Silent Auction. It has to be seen in person to truly appreciate its beauty, so be sure to check it out at the Luncheon.

Click to see the growing list of the items that will be available at the auction.

See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!

If you still don’t have your tickets for the event, get them now, before they sell out.

August 21 is National Senior Citizen’s Day

President Ronald Regan Outside Oval Office in 1983In 1988, then President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day… a day created to honor, support, and celebrate the wisdom and achievements of the seniors in our community.

We here at Power of Flowers believe that every day is Senior Citizens Day. A large majority of the recipients of our bouquets are senior citizens in nursing homes, retirement communities, health care communities, veterans homes, hospice centers, Meals on Wheels programs, senior centers… anywhere there are seniors in the Greater Merrimack Valley, most likely POF has made stops to deliver joy in the form of fresh flowers.
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AND the Winner Is….. (Drumroll)

On a glorious day in June, The Second Annual Power of Flowers Volunteer Appreciation Brunch was held at the beautiful Tewksbury Country Club. The happy sounds of happy volunteers and staff enjoying their meals and each others’ company resounded from the rough-hewn rafters of the room. Suddenly, a hush fell over the crowd. Joyce B. introduced Kali W… it was time to announce the Winner of the Coveted 3rd Pink Apron Award.

To a huge round of applause, Liz J. was announced as the winner. Liz is the Executive Assistant of the Power of Flowers Project and a part-time volunteer herself. The personalized pink apron is presented to the person who demonstrates outstanding dedication, generosity, and efforts in carrying out the mission of the POF project. Selected by volunteers via secret ballot, Liz emerged victorious in what was a tight race.

Some of the comments voters gave in support of Liz as their choice were:
• Her can-do attitude is contagious.
• Her energy levels are outstanding.
• She’s one of my favorite Energizer Bunnies!
• Always helpful and willing and patient and happy, despite crazy hectic days!!
• Hands down all around get done girl.
• She goes “above & beyond” being a great volunteer.

Liz, Congratulations on your well-deserved award! You are terrific! We all thank you for all you do… We’d be lost without you.

Read more about the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch in the Blog Post, “Our Volunteers… Have the Heart”

Our Volunteers… “Have the Heart”

Elizabeth Andrew, Team Leader for Habitat for Humanity, said “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

We totally agree. So on June 14, we celebrated the kind hearts of the Power of Flower Volunteers at our Second Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch held at the Tewksbury Country Club.

Over 65 volunteers attended the festive event.

After a lovely meal, Joyce B. gave a short presentation of how far POF has come from its humble beginnings in her basement in Dunstable with just a handful of volunteers to its current location at the Tewksbury Hospital Campus with over 150 volunteers.

Joyce recognized several of the volunteers who logged more than 400 hours during the year:

    Barb B.
    Rita B.
    Maria F.
    Barbara M.
    Cindy V.

…and several volunteers who have logged more than 500 hours:

    Lois A.
    Joyce B.
    Linda C.
    Jane R.
    Kali W.

Liz J., this year’s recipient of the coveted Pink Apron Award was announced. Pink is one of the POF logo colors and the apron is awarded twice a year to someone who demonstrates outstanding dedication, generosity, and effort in carrying out the mission of the POF project. You can read more about Liz and The Pink Apron Award in the blog post “ And the Winner Is… (Drumroll).

Joyce introduced Leslie K. our new Executive Director. Although her official start date wasn’t until June 19, Leslie was on hand to meet the volunteers and join in the camaraderie and fun. Read more about Leslie in an upcoming blog post.

Before all attendees packed up their prizes and headed home, a collection of useful items was presented to a “safe house” shelter for battered women and their children. Many of the women arrive at the house with little but the clothes on their backs and are in need of essentials… soap, shampoo, toiletries, clothing, etc. When POF heard of the urgent need, they rallied and contributed many of the items requested. Representatives of the safe house were very grateful and overwhelmed at the outpouring of support POF had for their residents.

With sincere are heartfelt thanks to our Volunteers for all that you do and for having so much heart.

Nonprofit Organization Awareness

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network declared June 5 as Nonprofit Awareness Day. Although that date has passed, we wanted to share some information you may not know about the many ways the Power of Flowers Project impacts local communities.

You probably know that our organization, comprised almost entirely of volunteers, works to make a difference in the community one flower at a time. On the Home page of our website, you will see a Bouquet Counter that is updated daily with the number of bouquets we have delivered to those in need since we began in 2009. Currently that number stands at over 66,000 bouquets.

We have delivered over 66,000 bouquets to those in need.

To illustrate the magnitude of that number, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA holds 66,829 seats during football games. Picture each fan in a seat holding a Power of Flowers signature bouquet, and that’s how many smiles we’ve generated with our bouquets.

In addition to spreading the joy by delivering bouquets, we regularly hold Flower Therapy Workshops in a variety of locations. We bring all the necessary supplies and teach people how to create their own bouquet. For example, a few weeks ago, we held a Flower Therapy Workshop at The Oblate Residence in Tewksbury. Everyone had a great time… the gentlemen and the POF volunteers.

We’re not ones to rest on our laurel leaves either. We’re instituting a Kindness Connections program which will allow local businesses to join in on the fun helping the community. Similar to Flower Therapy Workshops, a Kindness Connection event is held at a local company and POF volunteers show company employees how to make bouquets, which are then distributed into the community. Stay tuned for more information on this worthwhile new offering.

Along with regularly scheduled deliveries and workshops, POF reaches out to the community when tragedies occur. Recently after a fire at Courville at Nashua, residents had to be relocated to Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Greenbrier also in Nashua. In an effort to lift sagging spirits, POF quickly sent over 160 bouquets to the permanent and the relocated residents and staff of the facility.

In May we sent a few Mother’s Day bouquets to a battered women’s “safe house.” We received a lovely note from a woman who provides support for this and other causes in the area. We were so very pleased to hear that this small gesture was so well received by the residents and summoned some much needed smiles.

In order to continue to do this work, the Power of Flowers Project relies on donations, grant money and proceeds from fundraisers, such as the recent Victorian Tea, the Annual Plant Sale held at the Tewksbury Senior Center, and the Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon coming on October 18, 2017.

AND from viewers like you. Please consider helping the Power of Flowers Project so that we can spread the joy even farther! There are several ways you can do this… Here’s How.