Embrace the season with Festival of Spring

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Celebrate the arrival of springtime with the Paine Art Center and Gardens during Festival of Spring. The festival is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19.

Festival of Spring raises funds to support the ongoing care of the historic property and gardens at 1410 Algoma Blvd. The free festival features more than 100 vendors of original art, fine crafts, plants and garden supplies, as well as the Spring Plant Sale.

Located at the corner of Algoma Boulevard and Congress Avenue, the Spring Plant Sale is well-known for having the widest selection of perennials in the Fox Valley. It features thousands of “tried-and-true” plants and new varieties. The plant sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paine Members are admitted at 8 a.m. and receive a 10 percent discount on plant purchases.

The Paine’s staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and assist with making selections for a successful garden. Wagons and carts are suggested for transporting plants, while convenient holding and pickup areas make it easy for visitors to drive up and load their purchases.

Besides the plant sale, find the perfect addition to a garden or home by shopping more than 100 booths of garden suppliers, jewelry-makers, ethnic imports and decorative items, potters, painters and much more. Booths open at 8 a.m.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to create a sun catcher to take home. Craft activities are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the entrance to the plant sale. The festival also features food and live entertainment throughout the day.

The Paine mansion and gardens are open for free during the festival, courtesy of Sadoff Iron and Metal. Inside, the Paine features the exhibition Masterpieces of the Valley, and outdoors, the gardens showcase 15,000 blooming tulips and spring flowers.

Festival of Spring is sponsored by Horicon Bank, with entertainment sponsored by McClone and media sponsorship provided by Cumulus Broadcasting.

Visit www.thepaine.org for more information and to make plans to attend the festival.

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Noell Dickmann Paine Art Center and Gardens Civic Contributor

The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a historic estate in Oshkosh that serves as a multi-faceted museum for learning and inspiration. Visit www.thepaine.org for more information about exhibitions, events and activities offered throughout the year.

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