To Market, To Market
For this, we’ll sing in the rain or bask in the sun. It’s all good. Plus, Dover Days are here again, OperaDelaware presents “The Merry Widow,” and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus performs.
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The Wilmington Flower Market is always held on Mother’s Day weekend, and it almost always rains.
Devotees trudge around Rockford Park holding boxes of newly purchased heirloom tomato plants, original art and spicy mustards. Moms thrust strollers through sludge to photograph toddlers in the petting zoo. Teens text near the bandstand, when their favorite bands go on break. Foodies of all ages devour everything from pasta to Hy-Point ice cream.
The Flower Market is a tradition for which Delawareans enthusiastically don rain boots—or sandals, when the clouds break—to buy original art, flowers and other plants, and try the carnival rides.
Since its founding in 1921, this rain or occasionally shine ritual has raised about $5 million to support children’s charities in Delaware.
“Our volunteers have a commitment to making children’s lives better, but people who attend do just as much for charities as the volunteers do,” says general chairperson Karen Laughlin. “That’s what keeps the tradition going.” This year’s market is May 5-7. For more, call 995-5699, or visit wilmingtonflowermarket.org.
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