Macon churches celebrate flower festival

pramati@macon.comJanuary 22, 2013 

  • IF YOU GO

    The 2nd Annual Old City Flower Festival will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Friday at Christ Episcopal Church, 582 Walnut St. The event is free.
    Participating churches are: Vineville United Methodist, St. Francis Episcopal, St. Peter Claver Catholic, First Baptist, Washington Avenue Presbyterian, Vineville United Methodist, Martha Bowman United Methodist, Vineville Baptist, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox, First Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, St. Joseph Catholic, Holy Spirit Catholic, Sacred Heart Catholic (Warner Robins), First Presbyterian and Mulberry Street Methodist.

Diane Roberson and Diane Pisani usually spend their lunch hour walking around downtown Macon to get their exercise.

On Tuesday, they decided to stop and smell the roses. And carnations. And several other plants and flowers on display as part of the second annual Old City Flower Festival.

The two friends said they enjoyed last year’s festival at St. Joseph Catholic Church, so they were eager to see what was offered at this year’s event, which runs through Friday at Christ Episcopal Church, 582 Walnut St.

“It’s almost like Macon’s Tournament of Roses,” Roberson said. “You see what people can do with flowers and reflect upon God’s beauty in the world.”

The event was created last year to allow Macon’s oldest churches to come together to celebrate the worldwide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Each church put together flower arrangements for the event.

This year, the event is being held at Christ Episcopal Church, the city’s first congregation, which was established in 1825. It’s sanctuary was built in 1834.

“We’re all about historic places,” Pisani said. “The arrangements are just beautiful, awe-inspiring.”

Ginny Rozier, co-chairwoman of the event, said there are 15 displays this year, up from 13 last year. Organizers are expecting more than 900 people to visit the church during the weeklong event that began last Friday.

“Each church met earlier to decide what they wanted to do,” she said. “The only thing we require is for (the flowers and plants) to be natural. It’s amazing to see how they all blend, with no instructions from us.”

Jane Brook, who also attended last year’s event, said her favorite display is one from St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, which includes a broad range of flowers and plants, and also has a working fountain.

“I’ve found (the event) to be absolutely beautiful and uplifting for this time of year, when most of us can use something beautiful,” she said. “I wanted to come again and be inspired again.”

Rozier said last year’s event had out-of-state visitors, and she’s hopeful the flower festival can be an annual event that draws people to Macon.

“It won’t be the Cherry Blossom Festival, but it’s something that’s certainly appropriate to Macon,” she said.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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