SYCAMORE – Some dads spent Father’s Day in front of a grill in the backyard.
Others spent it with their families at the monthly market at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, which beefed up its festivities Sunday with grilled brats, complimentary beer and a pet adoption event with TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb.
Seven local artists displayed jewelry, paintings, gourd art, ceramics and other items at the outdoor garden center. Families also stopped to pet and hold the kittens and dogs up for adoption.
The art market is held the third Sunday of every month, and June marked the third month for the Blumen Gardens market. Joel Barczak, who owns Blumen Gardens with his wife, Joan Barczak, collected $2 donations in exchange for grilled brats. The money usually goes to the Sycamore Food Pantry, but Sunday’s donations were directed toward TAILS.
“Living in Sycamore, you get a sense of volunteering and giving back,” he said. “That to me is the essence of Sycamore.”
Gary Gresholdt of DeKalb walked through the market with his son, Mark Gresholdt, and 10-month-old grandson, Oliver Gresholdt, of Aurora. Gary Gresholdt said he and his wife shop at Blumen Gardens frequently and thought the event offered something for everyone.
“We just thought it would be interesting,” he said. “My wife’s a gardener, and we thought the kids would enjoy seeing the pets here.”
Several people stopped by to say hello to the adoptable pets, which included Lucy – a greyhound-mix puppy – and Pistol Peter – a terrier-mix puppy.
Angie Roberts, an adoption counselor for TAILS, said the animal shelter hosts several off-site adoption events in locales such as Rockford, Bloomingdale and Elmhurst.
TAILS has a partnership with a shelter in Oklahoma, which is where most of its puppies come from.
“We don’t receive many puppies from the local community,” she said. “We’ve paired up with a group in Oklahoma ... so we can offer puppies to the community rather than having to go to a pet store.”
Joel Barczak said traffic through the market increases each month. When he visualized the art market, he wanted to do something different than the local farmers market.
“We didn’t want to compete with the farmers market, but wanted to complement it,” he said. “Some of our staff members are artists, and we wanted to give them an outlet to present their art.”
Cara Jovanovich of Sycamore and her children shopped at the market with dad in mind. They picked up horsetail reed for their pond, and were deciding on whether to buy a sycamore tree to plant in their yard. A garden was part of her Mother’s Day gift, so Jovanovich wanted to stick with the theme for Father’s Day.
“We’re trying to create this tradition,” she said.
If you go:
What: Blumen Gardens art market, featuring local artists
Where: Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month