What's one thing that will always bring a smile to someone's face? Flowers.
There are plenty of blooms at Tuesday Twilights, held each Tuesday evening during September and October at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and CultureMap and Frost Bank supplemented the natural beauty with a hefty dose of happiness.
We popped up to surprise and delight more than 150 unsuspecting guests while they grooved to live music, sipped cocktails from Tito's vodka, and chowed down on delicious food truck fare.
While enjoying the warm weather, the relaxed crowd filled out the Call Me Optimistic chalkboards and picked up a few inspiring pins that urged "positivity" and "determination." One proud grandmother picked out a few rocket-shaped pins, saying she couldn't wait to give them to her grandson and his coworkers — who all work at NASA.
Poet Scott James typed out personalized haikus on the spot for delighted guests, who could take the tiny poems with them as reminders to be cheerful.
One new mother explained how her entire outlook had shifted since giving birth, and how vital it was to maintain a positive outlook for both herself and her new family. Another new mother who had had trouble conceiving was thankful for the birth of her new baby girl, and said remaining positive and optimistic throughout her journey was as important as looking forward to watching her grow.
Another mother used her son's name in her poem, giving her a gentle reminder to smile every day. A librarian gave thanks for book lovers, while a couple about to head to Europe beamed with excitement at their travel-themed poems.
CultureMap and Frost Bank will be hosting more of these pop-up events throughout the year, surprising and delighting folks all over Texas. Want to know where we might show up next? Sign up for our emails and follow along on Facebook and Instagram for hints about our next stop.