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Hanging baskets make their reappearance on First Street

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A little sunshine and a little rain will help these flower baskets thrive along 1st Street. Herald photo

On Sunday, members of the Uptown Business & Revitalization Association (UBRA) and a couple of other volunteers set about hanging flower baskets along a stretch of First Street in the Uptown District.

The hanging of the flower baskets is becoming a Spring tradition. Several years ago, UBRA members voted to create and hang flower baskets as a beautification project along First Street. There was a sizable initial expense in purchasing the metal baskets, complete with hooks and chains for hanging. The fibrous baskets also came at a price, as did the flowers and fertilizer.

Just hanging around. L-R; Lynda Kamerrer, Kevin Gobelman, Austin Smith, and Mick Garvin. Gary Carl drove the truck and provided the ladders. The crew spent their Sunday beautifying the Uptown District with a little color. Herald photo

The entire cost was borne by UBRA

Then comes the labor. The materials must come together at a location suitable for making a dirty mess. Volunteers then assemble the baskets and fill them with soil and amenities. Next, they carefully plant the young flowers so that they will have the best chance of surviving.

When a distillery is more than a place to make whiskey

Deep Woods Distillery’s side yard has been the workplace for many projects; the basket making event being one of them. Dee Sidwell, local artist and professional gardener, provided the initial education and supervision for the first basket project. She continues to make herself available for advice as needed. At the end of the season, the baskets are taken down and stored for the next year.

Big man Kevin Gobelman could almost hang this basket from the ground. He’s helping Austin Smith who’s on the ladder guiding things into place. Herald photo


Consider joining or volunteering for a worthwhile organization

The Uptown Business & Revitalization Association is a local nonprofit organization with the mission to build a strong and vibrant business community for travelers and locals alike.

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