Had enough of the Near Northwest Management District? Well too bad, because the organization is following up their annual Spring Plant Sale with its second annual Easter fun day.
On April 16, the District’s lawn will once again turn into a madhouse — the good kind — for one afternoon, providing a fun environment for all.
The young ones will take part in an Easter Egg hunt and jumping on the moonwalk, while parents (and some children) chow down on crawfish, listen to music blaring across the lawn and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon.
“It’s just a great community event we want people to enjoy,” Near Northwest Management District President Wayne Norden said. “Last year, people just came and hung around the lawn all afternoon watching the activities with their families, so it was a really fun time.”
Readers can enjoy three pounds of crawfish and a drink for $20 for ordering tickets in advance, and then for $7.99/ pound the day of the event.
For those who may not be a crawfish connoisseur or whose taste buds aren’t friendly to the delicacy, there will also be a taco stand available.
“People enjoy bringing their families because they don’t have to cook or mess up their house, and there’s something for everybody,” said Jan Whittington, Administrative Assistant for the NNMD. “You can walk here and walk home—my family did it last year. We enjoyed it, and we want to make it a regular thing on Easter Sunday. It’s a party.”
Plant sale a rousing success
It’s been a busy schedule at the NNMD, as just two weeks ago, the District wrapped up its seventh annual Spring Plant Sale, and Norden said the community came out in force, resulting in the District shattering its previous record for funds raised.
“The whole neighborhood is dressing itself up now because of all the plants they took home. Kids, dogs, parents—it’s just a circus, and it’s fun,” Norden said.
It was not just the sale drawing a crowd either. A lecture and slideshow by Heidi Sheesly, executive director of Treesearch Farms and an area expert on those plants that have become naturalized to the Houston area was set up at 120 seats, but turned into a standing room only venue the day of the event.
“That really helps the sales part of it too, since they know what they want to order as they run through it,” Norden said.
Both also know that the venture would not have had a chance of success without the hundreds of man hours by not only management, but also good Samaritans within the community.
“It’s a great feeling, and we’re extremely proud of it. One person commented to me that they left from another plant sale and came to ours because it didn’t have the type of plants they wanted,” Whittington said. “It’s gotten to have a reputation for highquality plants.”
“What’s fun is that first thing in the morning, you show up to an empty parking lot, and over the course of two and half hours you turn it into a sales floor where all the plants are lined up waiting to be bought—it’s pretty amazing,” Norden added.