March 29, 2018

3 Cities, a Fairy Tale and a Flower Show

By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine

After the four severe winter storms that occurred in March, I’m sure the northeast and the rest of the country is ready for Spring. I know, I am. How about you?
I just discovered there is an annual free Macy’s Flower Show in three different cities. This year is the 45th year of Macy’s Flower Show which occurs in 3 cities at the same time, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. The theme of this year’s show is “Once Upon A Springtime.” For all writers who enjoy a good fairy tale, it’s the perfect theme of the Flower Show. They even created a book telling about the new fairy tale, which can be seen at this link.
Entering Macy's Queen Snow's Magical Snow Globe, tells the tale of winter reigning supreme all year. Yikes! Queen Snow has carved out an icy enclave like no other. High above her Kingdom, enter a larger than life snow globe and have your royal portrait taken within her frigid throne. Yes, there are photo ops at the Flower Show. The Macy’s Flower Show is free and available from Sunday, March 25th through Sunday, April 8th, 2018.
Macy’s amazing Entertainment Department also puts on the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade and advise, They’ve created our own “Once Upon a Springtime” story with original characters and bring them to life amid vibrant blooms and whimsical sculptures. Throughout the course of the Flower Show, there will be several in-store events celebrating the bloom of the season. Enter a land of make believe, a magical world of beauty and wonder unfolding in a completely original take on classic fairytale themes. The show offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to enjoy hundreds of thousands of live flowers, plants, and trees from around the world.”

Let’s face it we likely all started out reading fairy tales. As a reminder in case you’ve forgotten, there are certain components found in a fairy tale. What are they? At they list these things as components of a fairy tale.

“1. A fairy tale begins with "Once upon a time...
2. Fairy tales happen in the long ago.
3. Fairy Tales have fantasy and make believe in them.
4. Fairy Tales have clearly defined Good characters vs. Evil characters.
5. Royalty is usually present in a fairy tale, a beautiful princess/handsome prince.
6. There may be magic with giants, elves, talking animals, witches or fairies.
7. Fairy tales have a problem that needs to be solved.
8. It often takes three tries to solve the problem.
9. Fairy tales have happy endings and they all lived happily ever after.
10. Fairy tales usually teach a lesson or have a theme.”

It appears the Macy’s brand has written a new fairy tale that will be remembered by all who read the story as they view the gorgeous “Once Upon a Springtime” Flower Show.

Have you ever considered writing a fairy tale? It would be a great writing exercise and something fun to post on your writer’s blog and website.

I hope everyone is inspired, and if you’re in New York, Chicago or San Francisco, enjoy the Flower Show and be inspired. If you have written a fairy tale, send a link in the blog comments so we can all read your work. Southern Writers Magazine’s blog is all about helping authors and sharing information to help everyone become better writers.

As Macy’s “Princess Spring” said, “I did not do it all by myself, everyone helped in whatever way they could, it was teamwork that saved the day.”

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