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April 5, 2013

Chandor Gardens hosting annual Spring Fling

By BRIAN SMITH

Mother Nature couldn’t have timed recent rains any better.

The moisture will have nothing but a positive effect on this weekend’s Spring Fling at Chandor Gardens in the eyes of Gardens Manager Karen Nantz.

“Our azaleas were just getting ready to pop, so this rain will really make them fabulous,” Nantz said. “The Gardens were really in full bloom, so this rain couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and again noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Nantz said the event has been going on for about six years now. Spring Fling features more than just the gardens in full splendor, however.

Nantz said this is the third year of having arts vendors at the event.

“We have our Autumn Art Walk and people were commenting on how much fun it would be to have them back in the spring, so that’s what we decided to do,” Nantz said.

A number of arts vendors will have their wares out for display throughout the area on what is forecast to be a gorgeous weekend weather-wise. Demonstrations by painters, jewelry makers, wind chimes makers and leather work will make for a fun weekend.

A number of entertainment groups, including local favorite Kevin Townsend, will also be performing.

A food vendor will be selling food for those needing to satisfy cravings, but Nantz also encourages people to bring a picnic lunch and their cameras during the event. Admission is just $1 per person in honor of one of namesakes of the facility.

“After Douglas Chandor passed on, his wife Ina kept the gardens opened and charged $1 for those who wished to come in,” Nantz said. “In memory of her, we’re going to roll back prices for this weekend.”

For more information, call the gardens at 817-613-1700.

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