• In the garden and in the Square...

    The One World Flower Fest unites residents, businesses, and organizations in Utica's Oneida Square — both at the event and during its creation.  The Festival fosters appreciation for all the neighborhood has to offer, strengthens ties between community members, and beautifies Oneida Square.

    Festival goals:

    • Transform the Square, making it a beautiful physical environment and lively social space 
    • Encourage people to linger in the Square
    • Bring patrons to local businesses
    • Let there be music, dance, and art—everywhere!
    • Invite all generations to the Square
    • Whet an appetite for permanent art
    • Inspire neighborhood pride
    • Give everyone something to take home
    • Have fun and create a 'buzz'
    • Build momentum for doing it again next year!
  • Look what we created together! Thank you!


    Rosario Bellasai, Cathe Bullwinkle, Joe Caruso, Jerry DiSchiavo,Emily Leo, Lynne Mishalanie, Steve Nyland, Darby O'Brien, Diane Schoemaker, Phil Szeliga, Emilie Raymond, J. Caroline Williams, and Gina Murtagh, Event Chair.



    Steve Nyland, Globe Guardian, Organizer, Restorer; Timothy Rand, Kathy Donovan, Patrick Vedder, Heidi Von Bergen, Joanie Gorton, Terri Harrison, Chris Harrison, Jenna North, Robert Cimbalo, Rainer Maria Wehner, Midtown Utica Community Center, Underground Café, Ann Marie Kovalsky, Deda Purdy, Cathy Marsh, Laicee Rose Campbell, Richelle Maki, Tony Thompson, Dawn H. Farrar, Heather Joy Bagnall, Shelley Graham Turner and anonymous others, please let us know who you are.



    Midtown Utica Community Center; Proctor HS Best Buddies, United Cerebral Palsy; Underground Café; Individual Artists: Robert Cimbalo, Robert Heins, Cathy Hodde Marsh, Rebecca MacDonald, Jon Petro, Takashi Soga, Tony Thompson, Rainer Maria Wehner; Organizers, Linda Cox and Gina Murtagh with technical assistance from
    Rainer Maria Wehner.


    Celeste Friend


    Joanie Gorton, Vicki Zacek


    Sharon Heyboer, Greyson Ross, William Rankin, Bridget Finley and MWPAI Pratt sophomores, and the 250 volunteers from the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees for cleaning up the festival route from Hobart to Hopper St. on Great American Clean-UP Day, April 21, 2016.



    to Linda Cox, Portfolio2Design for poster and card design, Jocelyn Ireland for website management, Michelle Truett for publicity and good advice, John Aiken owner, JCA Construction for invaluable assistance, and Jan Burke for organizing a selection of vendors with two weeks notice! Many thanks to all the businesses, organizations, artists, officials, and anonymous volunteers that have supported the OWFF 2016.



    Oneida Square Project at Cornerstone Church, Great American
    Clean-Up, Utica Public Library, Thea Bowman House, Utica City School District, City of Utica, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, Oneida County Health Department, NY State Health Department, Utica Zoo, Utica Bike Rescue, Art & Vine, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Tramontane Café, R2G Utica Downtown District, Eat Smart New York (ESNY), Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority, Pratt at MWPAI, Utica Monday Nite, and Paula Horrigan and her R2G Cornell Capstone students for building a foundation for the One World Flower Fest in 2015. THANK YOU



    Oneida Square Neighbor Spotlight

    Meet Bob Donnelly, owner of Body Alive Gym. Bob was born and raised in Utica and, at age 18, the young bodybuilder left for “Muscle Beach,” Venice, California and to Gold's Gym, where the Greats like Arnold and Ferrigno trained. He accomplished his dream, racking up bodybuilding titles, starting a family and, along the way, building a clothing business (“Body Alive”) of sportswear designed for bodybuilders. Twenty-five years later, Bob moved back home with his young family and established Body Alive Gym in Oneida Square, in the spirit of the original Gold's. Here he shares his passion and knowledge with others desiring self-improvement, weight-loss, and even those aspiring to become, like Bob, a champion.  
     (Pic: Bob Donnelly, center, with some of his morning crew. Photo and article by Joseph P. Caruso)

    Jerry Dischiavo, owner of Vintage Furnishings

    Meet Jerry Dischiavo - One World Flower Fest committee member, and owner of Vintage Furnishings, (337 Genesee Street). The store, "a finely curated antique and furniture store" since 1981, is a trip through at least a century of Americana, while specializing in 1940s mahogany bedroom and dining room sets.
    Jerry is an Oneida Square business person, squared (OSqB2) because his store opens on both Genesee Street and Park Avenue. He is a veritable fountain of history about Utica. (Photo & article by Joseph P. Caruso)
  • 2016 Sponsors

    Human Electronics, Inc.
    Art & Vine
    Arlott Office Products
    Big Blue North Recording Studio
    Body Alive Fitness Center
    Casa Imports
    Darman's Manufacturing
    Genesee Paint & Glass, Co., Inc.
    Inertia Therapy
    Metal Logix
    Palermo Pizzeria
    Puff N'Stuff
    Ship Rite
    Swifty's Restaurant & Pub
    Vintage Furnishings
    Richard and Betty Kistner
    Anthony and Patricia Ann Perretta
    Catherine and Robert Bullwinkle
    Corner Barber Shop
    Joseph P. Caruso
    Golden Artist Colors Inc.
    Hummer's Office Plus
    JAY K Lumber
    Portfolio2 Design
    Reynold's Hardware
    Saranac Brewery

  • Information and schedule of activities from One World Flower Fest 2016

    All day -

    • FREE activities for the whole family with over 15 locations in the Oneida Square arts and business district!
    • Listen to music and dance in the street! 25+ live Buskers and bands -- best experienced while walking from one site to the next!
    • Vibrant Art and flowers to feed the imagination and highlight Utica's unique diversity and talent!
    • Delicious food, beverages and barbeque from restaurants in and near the square.
    • Visit the soilSHOP and have your soil tested for lead and pH, stay for a gardening demonstration, or admire the community gardens.

     FLOWERS EVERYWHERE! in planters, adorning the monument, handcrafted at the information table near the monument, or make your own! Buy a bouquet from Brother Samuel on the south side of the Dunkin' Donuts lot.


    Art Everywhere! Flower Globes, Banners, Window Displays ...
    Vendors & Demonstrations - Hands-On Craft Activities!

    • Arts and Crafts Vendors and Demonstrations on Plant Street: Jan Burke, Michele Izzo, Susan Macrina, Rebecca Nix, Ginny Clapp, Courtney Benson, and the Oneida Square Project
    • Display of Vibrant Banners on lamp posts in the square, painted by Utica's talented artists
    • LIVE MURAL PAINTING with artists Tony Thompson, David Mentus, Steve Nyland, Christine Heller and Tino Lopez. 
    • Window installation at Vintage Furnishings on Genesee by Marc-Anthony Polizzi
    • Pop-up gallery in Cornerstone Activity Room
    • Hands-on art activities in front of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.
    • Learn the antique art of letterpress printing with Rick Rogers and take home samples at D & O Print Solutions.

    Music! Dance!
    Performance venues

    Utica Public Library (front lawn) – 2:00 pm - Monk Rowe, jazz & rock'n roll


    Utica Dance -324 Genesee Street – 12 - 3pm - Open House. Rehearsals for Spring Concert


    Gazebo @ Park & Elm

    11:30 -Taryn Jessen & Colin Jewett

    12:30 - Arethusa

    1:30 - Chris United Cooley Dancers


    Vintage Furnishings @ Genesee Street

    11:00 - Chap-O’s

    12:00 – John Keller

    1:00 – Al Sherline & Jeremy Ukana

    2:00 – Ophelia’s Looking Glass


    Monument @ Oneida Square

    11:00 – Julia Heller

    12:00 – Matt Oshel

    1:00 – Kyle & David Ossant


    Park Street @ Oneida Square

    11:30 – Adam Harch

    12:30 – Monk Rowe & students

    1:30 – Nook & Crannie


    Cornerstone Studio, 500 Plant Street

    12:00 – Alex Diskin

    1:00 – Josiah Stevens & Tara Avella

    2:00 – Anthony and the Mountain


    Plant Street

    12:30 –Utica Tango Society

    1:00 – Toxik –Karen Hip Hop CEO –Somali Bantu

    2:00- Ritmo Caribeno Dancers


    Thanks to the Tramontane Café for many of our Buskers!

    Walking tours

    JANE JACOBS' NEIGHBORHOOD WALKS – interested in history, urban planning and architecture? Meet at the Monument in Oneida Square.

    Each walk lasts about one hour with time for questions and comments. Wear comfortable shoes and watch your step on Utica sidewalks!

    12:00 – West Utica Arts District with Joseph P. Caruso

    1:00 – Oneida Square and Eastside of Genesee with Mike Lehman, AiA

    2:00 – West Utica Arts District with Robert Sullivan

    What's up for kids?

    • ZOO MOBILE 1-3pm Kopernik Park
    • UTICA BIKE RESCUE – BIKE RODEO! DeSales Center Parking Lot, 1-3pm

    An obstacle course where kids can test their bike riding skills and get tips from our volunteer team. Kids learn bike handling skills, the rules of the road, how to ride a bike safely and a little bit of bike repair too! For any kid who can pedal a bike (balance bikes and training wheels are okay – helmets required). We have bikes and helmets to borrow but if you bring your own you won’t have to wait. www.UticaBikeRescue.org | 315.525.9554 | info@uticabikerescue.org


    •  Make a clay flower with Scott Foley in Kopernik Park (ages 5 – 12)
    • HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW (Utica Public Library, Downstairs Activity Room, 2:00 pm) - For ages 3 – 6, stories, songs, finger plays, and a surprise to grow in your own garden!
    •  GARDEN CRAFT (Utica Public Library, Downstairs Activity Room, 3:00 pm) - Create a garden picture using cupcake liners and paint, for ages 5 -13.
    • UPD Reads Storytime (Utica Public Library, Downstairs Activity Room, 10:30am) - Meet officers from the Utica City Police Department as they read to kids, ages 3 – 7.

    Health & Garden

    Location: Unity Gardens South Gazebo @ Park Ave. & Elm St.
    • soilSHOP have your soil tested for lead and pH
    • Compost demonstration and sale of equipment by Oneida County Solid Waste
    • Master Gardner demo  UPL
    3 Presentations:
    Lorraine Dehler: Benefits of Companion Planting @ noon
    Xenia Lynn Teresa Williams: The Buckwheat 'Grain to Bread' Project @ 1pm
    Hillary Joy Pitoniak: Fermentation @ 11am-2pm
    Location: Kopernik Park
    • Childhood Lead Poisoning Primary Prevention Program-CCE
    • Oneida County Health Department Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
    • CCE Smoothie Bike and ESNY food demonstration
    Location: Monument @ Oneida Square
    • Chair Zumba with Inertia Therapy

    Enjoy the delicious food around Oneida Square!

    Look for food specials at all the restaurants in the square: Palermo's Pizzeria, Guess House of Wings, Mi Casa, and Joel's Spanish Food. Take a walk to Swifty's, Tiny's, or the Tramontane Cafe, three of our sponsors; quench your thirst at Kara's Lemonade stand @ the Oneida Square Monument, try a baked good from Cornerstone Church, and Bicycle Smoothies by Eat Smart NY in Kopernik Park.
  • Festival Map

    Below is a map of festival event locations for 2016. Everything is in walking distance. There is plenty of street parking and a parking lot behind the public library on Park Avenue. Check the Activities section above for what will be happening where.

    Locations on the map
    1. Monument @ Oneida Square

    2. Plant Street (first block closed)

    3. Palermo's park (mural painting, etc.)

    4. Vintage Furnishings

    5. Kopernik Park

    6. Eagle St. N / S (block closed)

    7. DeSales Center lot / sidewalk

    8. Utica Public Library front / back

    9. Unity Garden South and Gazebo

    10. D&O Print Solutions, 287 Genesee Street

    11. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Fountain Elms

    12. Utica Dance

  • soilSHOP

    Get your soil tested for lead and pH levels at the One World Flower Fest soilShop in the Unity South Community Garden on Park Street across from the Utica Public Library. Instructions and forms here.

  • Have an idea? Want to get involved? Let us know!

    We are always looking for interested artists, local organizations, and community members to join in creating of the festival.

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  • Resources

    We've found inspiration in these documents, pictures, and videos—we hope you will, too!

  • Here's a look at last year's One World Flower Fest from prep to finish.