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Floral Design FUNdraising Night!Tuesday, June 05, 2018
All materials included to create one floral arrangement. Refreshments also included.Please sign up in advance as space is limited by call or text to Kat at 508-725-2657MANY THANKS to Donna Sprague and Denise Boyle from Lily-Belles Florist in Buzzards Bay for the in-kind support!... https://sippican.villagesoup.com/p/1752795
Florist – “What I Wanted To Hold” - StereogumTuesday, January 16, 2018
What I Wanted To Hold,” the first single from Florist’s sophomore album, picks up. It’s minimal and modest, simple strumming and ornamental decoration held together by Emily Sprague’s purring vocals. Sprague’s writing has a painterly quality to it — Florist’s new album, If Blue Could Be Happiness, takes a particular interest in colors: the way they reflect moods, evoke memories, represent experiences. Her new songs sound like what you see when you close your eyes real tight, and on this one she’s remembering home and trying to hold on to whatever she can. “I can close my eyes and return to the home I remember in a blur of sights and smells and sounds of old,” she sings. “But it’s not what I wanted to hold.”“‘What I Wanted To Hold’ was the first song that I wrote with the color motif for the new record, and really set the whole thing in motion. It’s a contemplative journey mostly about impermanence and how important it is to recognize that as the dominant theme of life,” Sprague explained to The Fader. “It also deals with the melancholy of remembering and the little associations (colors) that we make to people and places so to hold on to these things that are either already gone, nearing an end, or just beginning.”Listen below. [embedded content]Tracklist:01 “Blue Mountain Road”02 “What I Wanted To Hold”03 “The Fear Of Losing This”04 “Understanding Light”05 “Eyes In The Sun”06 “Glowing Brightly”07 “Thank You Light”08 “If Blue Could Be Happiness”09 “Instrumental 3?10 “Red Bird”Tour Dates:09/20 Burlington,...
Poised, Florist reflects on grief with loving hope - Highlander NewspaperTuesday, October 24, 2017
Emily Sprague is no stranger to pain. In early 2014, the singer-songwriter behind Florist — a “friendship project” composed of Sprague, Rick Spataro and Jonnie Baker — broke her neck and suffered arm damage in a hit-and-run accident. On their debut studio album two years later, “The Birds Outside Sang,” Florist is candid about this pain, but not without sentiments of hope and adoration for the little things in life that help get us by. The pain that shades their sophomore album, “If Blue Could Be Happiness,” is the death of Sprague’s mother in March of this year, a loss which she mourns in the form of a remarkable collection of songs quiet in sound but deafening in their beauty.An unwavering honesty paints the album, allowing Sprague to express her fears and longings. Life’s fragility is nothing new or surprising, but death is life’s greatest teacher of our transience. On “The Fear of Losing This,” she sings gently, “I never asked/ to be here at all/ so why do I have to face the fear of losin...
Feeling, Florist, and Finding Space to Be Quiet - Noisey - NoiseyTuesday, August 29, 2017
Enter: Florist's The Birds Outside Sang, which came out last January. Emily Sprague—the songwriter behind the "friendship project" birthed in New York's Catskill Mountains—wrote it while recovering from a cycling accident that left her with a broken arm and a neck brace. Most of the songs are built around minimal guitars, synth lines, and soft, layered vocals that bristle with fragility whether or not you take into account the fact that it was written in a period of physical restriction. To call it skeletal or sparse is wrong, though; the space created is intentional and there's a lot happening in it. Full of references to color and light, "tall trees, cold lakes, quiet dreams," Florist's music is intrinsically tied to nature, the body, and the relationship between the two. In a track that's straight up called "Thank You", Sprague delivers a monologue in a voice that croaks like an old branch under the weight of itself: "This beautiful thing happens every day it's called the sun, it's called my blood, and it's the only thing making us want to be alive / I'm really grateful for the people I've met but that won't make me die any less / A mound of dust that light somehow seeps through and creates you / Thank you." Nature appears in a very emotional way, helping to articulate the details of a time that Sprague identifies as "full of confusion, physical emotional pain, loneliness and hope." Incidentally, the artwork resembles Ness' bedroom in EarthBound, which is probably one of the most visually lush and emotionally-driven RPGs ever developed. The Birds Outside Sang often views big feelings through a kaleidoscope, picking up all their intricacies: love is splintered into memories and gratitude, death becomes more about impermanence in general, sadness manifests itself in sensory detail ("Please come quick, I've stuck my head in the banister again / But I just wanted to know what it would feel like / With one part of my body alive"). The best way I can describe it is the way your skin starts to prickle after you've been lying in the sun for too long, or walking into a warm room after you just plunged your hands into a bucket of ice. It is vague and precise, big and small, at once; feeling the room to grow or fade in real time rather than trying to pin it or own it in any way.There are plenty of reasons to like Florist aside from the ones I've just mentioned, not least because they make good-ass songs, plain and simple. This album resonates with me as the sort of person who absorbs micro-detail before anything else; if we are best friends I may not remember your date of birth but I will know exactly which quotes you will pull out of a viral video to WhatsApp me in all caps. If we made out I will struggle to remember exactly what your face looks like but I will take the brand of gum you chew to my grave. Most of all, though, everything about it—the precision, the patience, the fact that it just feels slow in the way that vast landscapes and daytime naps and floating on your back in a large body of water do—feels like a gift from a future where VR is used as a form of therapy. It's like my San Junipero.I revisited The Birds Outside Sang after Florist recently announced their next album If Blue Could Be Happiness, which comes out at the end of September. Recorded in a schoolhouse near where Emily Sprague spent her childhood, If Blue Could Be Happiness remembers her mother who died unexpectedly earlier this year and is described as "both a goodbye to a past life and a declaration of great love to a new on...
Florist Debuts “What I Wanted To Hold,” Their New Album's Tear-Jerking First Single - The FADERTuesday, August 01, 2017
MENT And what a gorgeous preview it is, thanks to a bevy of atmosphere-building quirks and some heartbreakingly visceral poetry. I honestly almost shed a tear the first time I heard Emily Sprague sing "when the summer goes long and the water stays warm/ I remember the faces of everyone I’ve loved." It's a killer line, devastating in its directness. "It's a contemplative journey, mostly about impermanence and how important it is to recognize that as the dominant theme of life," Sprague said of "What I Wanted to Hold" over email. "It also deals with the melancholy of remembering and the little associations (colors) that we make to people and places, to hold on to these things that are either already gone, nearing an end, or just beginning." Listen below, and check out Florist's upcoming tour dates with Pinegrove and Lomelda. Tour dates: 9/20 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot * 9/21 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB * 9/22 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground * 9/24 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop *9/26 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck *9/27 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street (OKC) * 9/28 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown *9/29 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda *9/30 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada * 10/2 – El Paso, TX @ The Perch at Tricky Falls * 10/3 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress * 10/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex * 10/6 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic * 10/7 – Santa Ana... http://www.thefader.com/2017/07/19/florist-what-i-wanted-to-hold-premiere
The inspiring story of the woman who made the flowers for Alabama's most talked-about wedding - AL.comTuesday, March 05, 2019
I passed out and woke up with no hands and legs,” she says.Diagnosed with sepsis, she was in a coma for two weeks, given a 15 percent chance to live. Her parents came from Oklahoma, thinking they might be saying goodbye to her. But, after six months in the hospital and with the help of Dr. Darren Mason, she survived. His decision to amputate her limbs saved her life, she says. To this day, whenever she sees him, she cries tears of joy in appreciation for him. The doctor told her she was lucky to have sought medical attention when she did.Following her stay in the hospital and rehabilitation, she ended up moving to Norfolk, Va., to live with her sister, then to Oklahoma City, where her parents live, for two years. While she was there, she helped take care of her now-9-year-old nephew, her brother’s son, who has cerebral palsy. After meeting Michael, a photographer, online, she eventually moved to California to be with him. When they decided to get married, he really wanted a traditional wedding, but Jackie is too practical to spend too much money on things like flowers.While she was stressing out, she happened to see an episode of “Shark Tank” featuring a product called Eco Flower – sustainable, recyclable floral arrangements made of wood and other materials. “How cool is that?” she thought. She ordered a bouquet from the company and held it when she walked down the aisle in Berkeley, Calif., on June 25, 2017.She also catered her own wedding and made all the decorations herself.Living in California was expensive, though, so after their wedding Jackie suggested they move to Mobile. “I had a really big support system” during her ordeal, she says. “That’s why I love Mobile so much and why I’m back.”They bought a cute fixer-upper cottage and transformed one of the bedrooms into her neatly organized craft room. Prosthetic hands never worked for her, she says, so she uses a battery strap around her wrist to hold an array of tools such as paint brushes to dye and paint her balsa wood flowers, making them look as real as possible. Then, with the help of a wooden chopstick, she arranges them in tiny terra-cotta pots and dainty tea cups. “I’m addicted to miniature things,” she says.Last March, she decided to start selling some of her creations at the monthly ArtWalk event in downtown Mobile. “It was scary as all get-out,” she says. “But I’m one of those people who always jump off the ledge.”Big dayShe took another risk in September, when she splurged on a booth at the Daphne Jubilee Festival. But it was there that she met Tracy Roberts and her daughter, Mary Bourne, who was planning a wedding to James Butts on Dec. 29, 2018.“Wh... https://www.al.com/life/2019/02/the-inspiring-story-of-the-woman-who-made-the-flowers-for-alabamas-most-talked-about-wedding.html
Bettye Myers, retired professor and dedicated community member, dies at 92 - Denton Record ChronicleTuesday, March 05, 2019
Watts said. “Her dedication and her heart were infectious. She could motivate people and bring out the best in people, and was such a powerful force in our community.”Born in Heavener, Oklahoma, Myers attended TWU when it was known as the Texas State College for Women, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1946 and her master’s the following year, both degrees in health, physical education and recreation. In 1960, she earned a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Michigan. In 1961, she rejoined TWU as a faculty member.After so many years at the institution, Myers was a guiding light in helping Feyten understand TWU — and for laughs, regularly using a collection of one-liners and phrases like “It’s great to be me!”“She, to me, really symbolized the saying ‘TWU is a campus with a heart,’” Feyten said. “To me, she epitomizes that. She’s a caring face to the campus, the students, the staff and faculty. That’s who she was, and she wanted to make sure I knew that about TWU. She made that very real.”It wound up being Feyten who encouraged Myers to retire in 2015, asking that she dedicate her time to helping lead the community in other ways.“I think everyone was worried about how it would go,” Feyten said. “And she said, ‘You know what, honey bunny, that’s a fabulous idea.’” Bettye Myers, secretary for the United Way of Denton County board of directors, poses with the nonprofit agency's CEO, Gary Henderson, in its renovated building on Teasley Lane on Nov. 14. Jeff Woo/DRC file photo At the time of her death, Myers was still active in her community engagement. She was vice chairwoman of the MHMR board, on the Serve Denton board and still serving as a lifetime member of the United Way of Denton County board. United Way gives an ... https://www.dentonrc.com/news/denton/bettye-myers-retired-professor-and-dedicated-community-member-dies-at/article_4336216f-e6c9-531e-a0bc-fc0e4dc817e8.html
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man seen burglarizing florist shop with toddler - TriStateHomepage.comTuesday, February 05, 2019
A man can be seen on surveillance video burglarizing an Oklahoma florist with a toddler in tow.Tulsa Police officers are still stunned whenever they watch the surveillance video.You can see the child in a pink coat.Police are unsure if the little girl is the suspect’s child.The man eventually found a way into the shop and stole a toolbox.The florist wasn’t even upset about the tools, just for the safety of the girl.“As a father, seeing how he treated a child that he would even bring along with him during this incident. It just broke my heart seeing how many times that girl reached up to her daddy, I'm assuming. It was really troubling.”The man finally acknowledges the little girl, picking her up and carrying her away.Police are hopeful the quality of the video leads to the man’s arrest.For the latest breaking news and stories from across the Tri-State, follow Eyewitness News on Facebook and Twitter. (This story was originally published on January 18, 2019)... https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/national-news/caught-on-camera-man-seen-burglarizing-florist-shop-with-toddler/1710617570
Spa City flower shop plays big role in Belmont Stakes - WNYTTuesday, January 22, 2019
Belmont Stakes so what could be better," said Susan Garrett of Dehn's Flowers. The Belmont is the run for the white carnations.Meantime, at the Oklahoma Track at Saratoga Race Course, one of the owners of a horse that had a chance for the Triple Crown, Funny Cide in 2003, made a stop before heading down for the Belmont. Fifteen years ago, Jack Knowlton and his "Sackatoga Stables" were the talk of the racing world until a sloppy track gave Empire Maker the title. "Every year that you've got a horse coming into Belmont with a chance to win the Triple Crown, that's a big deal," said Knowlton.Also at the Oklahoma track was Eric Guillot, a trainer who has been texting "Justify's" trainer, Bob Baffert. Baffert won the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015. Guillot says Belmont with its sandy surface can be a taxing race -- a mile and a half."It's whether or not the sixth race in four months gets to him late on Big Sandy. That's going to be the trial and error for [Saturday]," said Eric Guillot."Justify" will be in the National Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs someday. But, will he go in as a Triple Crown win... https://wnyt.com/news/belmont-stakes-saratoga-flower-shop-blankets-dehns-flowers/4942269/