Rochester is known for many things and one definite is the lilacs. The other is appreciation for the arts. The two combined make for a wonderful display of natural and handcrafted works of beauty…
Meaning one thing- you are talking about the Lilac Festival in Rochester. The festival runs May 14-23 while lilacs are in full bloom at Highland Park. There’s more than 500 varieties to get an inspired craft project in motion.
Some types of artwork that will be blooming as well: Photography, ceramics/pottery, painting, mixed media, glass, jewelry, fiber, sculpture, woodworking, etc. This is a juried event so you will be experiencing some of the finest works of art from area talent and afar.
This time of year has been known to be a fickle one with rain then sun but mostly rain. Don’t let the precipitation hinder you-the artisans prepare often up to a year in advance to make this a special event for Rochesterians and welcomed visitors. More information on the Lilac Festival events, bloom times, directions and parking can be found at: www.lilacfestival.com
In lieu of such a special event in both our community and in nature, why not create a unique gift for that someone special for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9th. Too early for inspiration and want to wait for the actual festival? No worries, craft one of these ideas after you’ve gone and seen what all the fuss was about.
Gift ideas with lilacs:
- Using glass paint/enamels on an antique or new tea cup, paint or stencil some lilac blossoms or an entire cone of flowers. Insert a lilac scented votive candle for a special touch.
- Stencil or hand paint some lilacs onto a worn platter and use for decoration.
- Decoupage a clear votive candle holder with a mosaic of tissue paper scraps to resemble the flower.
- If you are handy with a copier and a laminator, draw a lilac design on a piece of paper cut to table mat size, color, copy and laminate (will dress up any table).
- Fabric paint, puffy or non and demonstrate your skill onto some linen napkins, canvas tote (carefully following the paint instructions for use).
- Invest in a stencil or stamper and make some stationery or bookmarks.
- For the sweeter side, bake some cupcakes and adorn them with lilac shaped fondant flowers.
- Create individual squares of mini-art for those mini easels they sell in craft stores.
- You don’t have to be artistically inclined to draw a lilac blossom, they are really simple: they consist of four oblong petals, that when put together by overlapping create that cone-shaped cluster we are accustomed to seeing. Choosing your favorite color is the difficult choice: white, purple, pink, and the color lilac.