Decorating tips, prizes offered by Kelly's Flower Shoppe
SUMMERSIDE — What has become one of the largest and most popular fundraising events in aid of the Friends of Eptek is returning this fall.
© Nancy MacPhee/Journal Pioneer
Rosemary Cantin (left), and Estelle Dalton (right), with the Friends of Eptek, along with designer Elise Arsenault and Cindy Robichaud, owner of Kelly’s Flower Shoppe, show off one of decorating trends for this holiday season — a rustic wreath using burlap.
On Nov. 14 and 15, the Friends will present An Evening of Christmas Floral Décor, featuring designers and tips from Kelly’s Flower Shoppe.
Cindy Robichaud, who took over the city flower shop in May, jumped at the chance to be part of the annual fundraiser, adding that, being a community-minded business, giving back to organizations like the Friends of Eptek is important.
Robichaud, along with in-house designer Elise Arsenault, will offer a wide-range of holiday inexpensive and eye-catching decorating tips.
“We’re all about giving back to the community,” she said. “We are trying to bring it back to where it all started. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly (who started the shop) were bare bones and grassroots and that’s where we want to be, affordable to everybody.”
Estelle Dalton and Rosemary Cantin, both with the Friends, said they are thrilled to have Robichaud and Kelly’s Flower Shoppe come on board for the event.
“Kelly’s is a long-standing name for Summerside. The Friends of Eptek is a long-standing name for Summerside,” said Cantin. “It’s a chance to mesh together and focus on community.”
Dalton said the event continues to be popular, selling out each year.
“It is the time of the year, Christmas, and everybody is anxious to start decorating. It gets people in the spirit,” added Dalton. “I find it is a great night out for the ladies and men. We certainly don’t segregate the men from coming.”
About 125 tickets are sold for each night. Organizers encourage those interested to purchase their tickets early as the event often sells out.
Robichaud and Arsenault said the trend this holiday season tends to be more rustic pieces, with burlap a popular item for decorating and using in crafts.
Robichaud was keeping tight-lipped about just what would be on display at the event, but guaranteed that those in attendance would leave with lots of great tips.
“They get to see some beautiful things and be around flowers,” said Dalton. “Just the scent of the room when you walk in there, after they have started to bring in their flowers, it is amazing.”
The event starts at 7 p.m. at Eptek Centre. There will be door prizes and auction items provided by Kelly’s Flower Shoppe, and 50-50 tickets sold with proceeds to the Lights for Life campaign. Tickets are available at Kelly’s Flower Shoppe or at Eptek Centre, and can be reserved by calling 888-8373.