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April 29, 2014
100TH RITTENHOUSE SQUARE FLOWER MARKET FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITIES
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE, PHILADELPHIA— The 100th annual Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities kicks off an exciting Mother’s Day weekend in Rittenhouse Square on Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8 featuring traditional favorites and new additions. Directly proceeding the May 9-11 Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair, a selection of beautiful indoor/outdoor plants, savory herbs, hand-made crafts and collectibles, many suitable for Mother’s Day gifts, will be available for purchase at the Flower Market. The rain or shine Flower Market is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days; and food, including the Market’s signature lemon sticks, and nostalgic home-baked gingerbread people will be available.
This year, the Market welcomes volunteers from Friends in the City, who will be working at the various committee booths as well as guiding visitors to the Flower Market’s 2014 beneficiary organizations: The Attic Youth Center, Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, PathWays PA, and Urban Blazers Foundation as well as other exhibiting youth organizations, that will conduct interactive events for children of all ages. The Market’s live Little Miss Rittenhouse (a/k/a Faith Silveri-Kurtzman) will be available to promote the sale of the Flower Market’s Centennial posters after school both days.
A highlight of the festivities will be a 100th birthday salute featuring cakes baked by the Rittenhouse Hotel and celebrity guests, Miss Philadelphia, Diamond Edmonds (Wednesday); and State Representative Brian Sims (Thursday).
“We are thrilled to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Flower Market as well as the 100th Flower Market, as we missed one year in 1918 due to the flu epidemic,” notes Grace Labouchere, assistant treasurer and longest member of the all-volunteer committee, ”This year’s market should be an exciting mix of old traditions and modern innovations.”
The oldest continuously-held event in Rittenhouse Square, RSFMCC is thrilled to be Celebrating a Century of Helping Philly Love Kids. Last year, the organization distributed over $32,000 to its beneficiaries for their locally-based programs.
2014 major Sponsors include Atria Center City, Beneficial Bank, Coldwell Banker Preferred, Conestoga Bank, Eightegrity, Gorman Investment Group, and the kb Experience. For more information on the Flower Market and a schedule of events, visit www.rittenhousesquareflowermarket.org or email RSFMA@aol.com.