Festival of Spring
May 17, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Festival of Spring is a free outdoor event featuring the Paine’s annual Spring Plant Sale and more than 150 vendors of original art, fine crafts, plants and garden supplies. As a great source for a wide selection of perennials, the Paine’s Spring Plant Sale offers thousands of “tried-and-true” plants as well as new and hard-to-find varieties. The festival also includes an art activity for kids, fair food, and live entertainment. Festival of Spring is sponsored by Rhyme.
The Paine mansion and gardens are open for free during the festival, courtesy of McClone. Inside, the Paine features the exhibition Ruth Grotenrath and Schomer Lichtner: A Vibrant Life in Love and Art, and outdoors, the gardens feature more than 10,000 blooming tulips and spring flowers.
Paine members receive early admittance to the Spring Plant Sale at 8 am.
Parking is available along the nearby streets. Limited parking is also available in the Paine's lot on Elmwood Avenue. Martin Luther Church, just north of the Paine, offers ample parking with a requested donation. Handicap accessible parking is available along the east side of Algoma Boulevard, just north of New York Avenue. We encourage you to obey all city parking signs on surrounding streets.
EXPRESS PICK-UP AREA
To make your shopping experience as easy as possible, the event features an Express Pick-up Area. Once you are finished shopping at the Festival, simply place your purchases in a nearby holding area along Algoma Boulevard, and then drive right up to the spot and load your vehicle.
Paine Members are admitted an hour early to the Plant Sale, at 8:00 am, to receive the first selection, and Members receive a 10% discount on plant purchases from the Paine's Plant Sale throughout the day. Memberships are available for purchase at the gate for immediate early entrance and discounts. To become a Member now, simply go to Join the Paine.
The Paine's Plant Sale is at the corner of Algoma and Congress and features thousands of "tried-and-true" plants as well as new varieties. The Paine's Plant Sale is well-known as having the widest selection of perennials in the Fox Valley. The Plant Sale is open to the public from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and proceeds support the Paine's gardens.
BRING YOUR WAGON
We suggest that you bring your own wagon or cart to easily transport your purchases around the festival grounds. Some wagons are available.
As you shop, eat and enjoy the entertainment just leave your purchases in one of the convenient holding areas until you're ready to load up your car.
LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS
The Paine's friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand in the plant sale area to answer your questions and to assist you with making the perfect new selections for your own successful garden.
FAMILY CRAFT ACTIVITY
The Paine will offer a free and fun craft project from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, geared for children ages 5-12. The activity area will be located near the entrance to the plant sale.
ART AND GARDEN FAIR
In addition to the Paine's plant sale, the Festival of Spring features more than 150 booths of garden suppliers, landscapers, jewelry-makers, potters, candle-makers, painters, woodcrafters and much, much more. Booths are open beginning at 8:00 am.
The Corner Market at the intersection of Elmwood and Congress Avenues offers even more vendors of a wide variety of items, including booths selling home decorating items, ethnic imports, garden items and gourmet foods. Booths are open beginning at 8:00 am.
It wouldn't be a festival without live entertainment throughout the day. Enjoy the sounds of 50% Folk during the morning, Druid's Table over lunchtime, and Shady Grove in the afternoon.
The festival also features a great variety of food options, including popcorn, hotdogs, burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, egg rolls, smoothies, ice cream, coffee, espresso, ... and more! Bring your appetites and enjoy your food in a seating area in front of the entertainment.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Festival of Spring raises funds to support the ongoing care of the historic Paine property and beautiful gardens.