Carry those themes all the way down Bull Street, down Elmwood and Assembly. Use the waterfront; what a great plus it is!Take a field trip to Bethesda, Maryland and visit Bethesda Row; it is bustling. Visit Greenville. What makes them so great?We can do it, but we need not be afraid of change. And people who can afford it need to invest in making Columbia a better town.Diana RubingerColumbiaGreat article (Cover story, “What Columbia Needs, Vol. 3,” Dec. 23)! I really enjoyed reading the wish lists for Columbia.However, when reading through the list from last year that wasn’t fulfilled (Cover sidebar, “Things We Still Need”), I noticed that one point was “more busking.” We certainly haven’t attained Asheville status in this area, but I personally have noticed an increase in busking. Pretty much every time I go to the Vista, I see buskers.Also, recently I teamed up with Trustus Theatre to have our students busking by the front door before each performance of their Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. I believe that it could and should be much more than it is now, but I wanted to at least share my perspective.Happy New Year!Don RussoFreeway MusicColumbia
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We don’t make money unless the trucks are moving,” Callahan said, chipping away at the frozen wall surrounding the delivery van parked next to Bethesda Florist.
A Valentine’s Day banner flapped in the wind on the store’s awning. “Send Your Love,” it said.
Callahan shoveled. “Normally, on [February] 13th, there’d be 15 vehicles lined up out here,” he said. “It’d be mayhem on the street. But look at it.”
Nobody was there. Nobody was moving. The great Cupid crisis of 2014 was underway.
“Not ideal,” Callahan said.
His family’s shop and florists across the snowed-in Washington region were facing the cut-flower equivalent of the perfect storm: major snowfall the day before Valentine’s Day.
Americans are expected to spend nearly $2 billion saying it with flowers during the holiday this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey. It’s one of the industry’s three biggest sales periods, along with Mother’s Day and the December holidays, according to the Society of American Florists in Alexandria.
Flower shops are always humming around Valentine’s Day — except when they aren’t: On Thursday, two-thirds of Bethesda Florist’s employees were at home. The delivery fleet was grounded. The phones were ringing only sporadically.
“The snow is probably gonna lop off about 15 percent o... http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/perfect-storm-for-florists-valentines-day-amid-big-snowfall-lead-to-bouquet-bust/2014/02/13/ac70a220-94f1-11e3-83b9-1f024193bb84_story.html
Hard to be the Bard” from the show's score.
For more information visit Sonnetslam.com. The Bandshell is located mid-park south of Bethesda Terrace between 66th and 72nd Streets, New York.