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Event Recap: Blooms for Boerne (no, it wasn't just about flowers!)

Event Recap: Blooms for Boerne (no, it wasn't just about flowers!)

This past Thursday we held a super fun event called Blooms for Boerne at Maker’s Place.  It was an evening full of wine, live music, pottery painting, and of course a floral arranging workshop where we made gorgeous bouquets to take home with us once all the fun was over.  But the evening turned out to be way more than just that so I thought I'd tell you all about it!

How it came to be…

The whole thing came about when Michele, of Alice’s Table San Antonio, suggested we work together to host a floral arranging workshop in Boerne.  If you’re not familiar with Alice’s Table, this is a business that was created by Alice Rossiter Lewis who had a vision to “empower women to create community”, “bring women together to learn new skills and live a social and creative lifestyle” and “be the bright spot in the modern busy woman’s life” (source).  Woman-owned at both the national and local level and designed with a mission to provide a creative and social outlet for busy women just like me?  I was IN.  And Alice's Table was on Shark Tank; how cool is that?

How it became a community-focused event…

In going over the details, Michele mentioned that we could choose a local charity to donate a portion of ticket sales to if that was something I was interested in…well, YES, of course I was interested!  So, the Boerne Community Coalition was chosen as beneficiary for the event due to the never-ending work they do to feed and tutor at-risk children in our community, provide youth camps at spring and summer break, make much-needed repairs at homes and neighborhoods throughout Boerne, and aid families who’ve been hit by disaster, lost jobs, etc.   It was at that point that it became clear that this needed to be a community-focused event through and through.  We wanted to bring in as many local businesses as we possibly could and we really wanted to find a host who was located right in the heart of this amazing town of ours, on Main Street.

 Pop up community dinners hosted by the Boerne Community Coalition ( Image Source )

Pop up community dinners hosted by the Boerne Community Coalition (Image Source)

Who was involved…

Maker’s Place seemed to be an ideal fit for our event, given that Alicia’s entire business revolves around getting crafty and creative…I asked her ONCE and there was no hesitation.  She said, “Yes, let’s do it!”  and as soon as I mentioned that the event would also serve as a small fundraiser for the Boerne Community Coalition, she said, “Oh, I love that!” and we were well on our way.  If you’re not familiar with Maker’s Place, Alicia, and her commitment to doing good for charities in our community, you can read about all of that here.

 Alicia Mendez, Owner, Maker's Place ( Image Source )

Alicia Mendez, Owner, Maker's Place (Image Source)

So we had a workshop, a beneficiary, and a location…now we needed wine!  In sticking with the idea of "local first", we knew we needed Sister Creek wine, but not just the wine…we needed Sister Creek!  We wanted the ticket-holders to be able to see a face of the winery, to be able to ask questions, to be invited first-hand for a tour, to see just how wonderful these folks really are!  So, we asked and of course, they said yes, and Amy and her amazing wine were added to our list of hosts for the evening.  Have I mentioned in this post yet just how much I love this town and the people in it?  Well, I do.

 sister creek winery at blooms for boerne

Next, was the music.  But why use a playlist on an iPod when you can support local LIVE music instead?  I’d seen Bliss, The Boerne Singing Sisters playing all around town (at the Dienger Trading Co., The Victorian Rose, Electric Coffee, The Dodging Duck…these sweet girls are everywhere!) and from the first conversation, they were in.  And can I share a bit of a story here?  When Karyna and Sophyah arrived to perform for us, there were tears in their eyes.  Their mother informed me that THAT day, before the event, they had their amp stolen out of the back of their car in San Antonio.  Somehow they managed to show up with another one, but then that one stopped working in their second song!  We didn’t notice at all because they did such a great job without it, but at the end of their performance they apologized and were on the verge of tears once again.  These girls are such a fantastic addition to our little community and bring so much joy to all of us who are lucky enough to hear their music around town.  If you’d like to help them get back to doing what they love, you can do that by donating towards their new amp here.

 bliss the boerne singing sisters

Finally, we had a generous donation of artwork by Mark Holly, photographer at Gallery 195 of Boerne, which we gladly accepted and chose to give away to one of the attendees at the event.  This was so much fun and very much appreciated!

 The artwork donated by Mark Holly Photography of Gallery 195 of Boerne, Courtesy Photo

The artwork donated by Mark Holly Photography of Gallery 195 of Boerne, Courtesy Photo

How it all went down…

We spent the first hour of our evening sipping that wonderful Sister Creek wine, listening to Karyna and Sophyah’s beautiful tunes, and painting pottery.  About halfway through we held the giveaway and then we got started on the floral arranging workshop part of our evening.

When we left, everyone took their bouquets and a little goodie bag home with them.  It was all so much fun and so great to be able to chat with folks and get to know them a little bit.  Connections were being made and it was awesome.  Through no intentional effort whatsoever, we ended up with a room full of small business owners, teachers, and moms...all who each contribute to our wonderful community in their own way and who were all there sharing their stories and supporting each other.  It was amazing!

 blooms for boerne alice's table maker's place boerne

I really hope that if you missed this one, you’ll be able to join us for our next event.  It is my vision for Sowing Seeds to be so much more than just a blog; I see it as a community.  I hope that we can routinely come together to socialize, fellowship, network, and support great causes in Boerne…and I really hope that you will join us in building this thing together!  See you soon!

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