Springtime is cherry blossom time in Howard County. And Blossoms of Hope’s Cherrybration Days bring seasonal activities for people of every age, every budget and almost every interest that honor the beauty of the trees and help raise cancer awareness.
With more than 1,500 pink Kwanzan cherry trees blossoming in parks, along roadways and at attractions countywide, spring in Howard County awakens the human spirit, filling it with hope, happiness and health.
New this year is the Columbia Association Art Center Galleries’ Blossoms for Claudia, a juried theme art exhibition that will run from April 14 to May 1. The exhibition honors and celebrates the courageous journey of those coping with cancer and features more than 50 artists. In addition, a reception and awards ceremony will be held Friday, April 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the center.
The exhibition, which showcases the talents of the local visual arts community, includes paintings, collages, ceramics, photographs, fiber works, jewelry, mixed media, sculptures, glass and more.
A New Partnership
A new gourmet “cupcakery” will be opening in Elkridge this spring. Kupcakes & Co. is owned by local business entrepreneur Michelle Kupiec who has been selling her cupcakes wholesale for a number of years to a well-known Washington D.C. cupcake company.
Kupiec has created five distinct cupcakes that will be the “official” cupcakes for Blossoms of Hope — Cherrybration, Blossoms of Hope, Claudia’s Pink Velvet, Think Pink and Pink Joy. They will be available at various Cherrybration Events and on the Pink Plate Specials menu of some participating restaurants. A portion of in-store sales of the cupcakes will be donated to the organization.
The annual event beautifies Howard County as a destination, promotes wellness, creates tourism opportunities for family togetherness and improves the lives of those in the community coping with cancer.
Blossoms of Hope is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization coordinated through the Howard County Tourism & Promotion in partnership with Howard County government and Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. To learn more, visit www.blossomsofhope.com.