Five adults and two children sit, in a garden, at tables covered in art supplies and flower pots while a woman stands in the background painting a flower pot.

The Warehouse co-founder Cheyanne Cushing leads a “Paint a Pot” lesson during the company’s inaugural event at “Meg’s Secret Garden” in Farmington on Thursday, May 6. Kay Neufeld/Livermore Falls Advertiser

FARMINGTON — The Warehouse, an events company run by sisters Cheyanne Cushing and Jerrica Richards, hosted its first event ahead of their summer concert series at Meg Brown’s Secret Garden in Farmington on Thursday, May 6. The Warehouse hosted a “Paint a Pot” art class where attendees had the chance to decorate flower pots under Cushing’s instruction.

Cushing, 27, and Richards, 32, are sisters who grew up in Livermore Falls and still reside in Franklin County. They decided to start The Warehouse because “gathering and parties and celebrations is a big part of our upbringing,” Cushing said.

Richards feels an events company is especially needed at this time when “we’ve all been locked up.”

“Being able to get outside and start to incorporate social gatherings again is really going to be good for us and the community,” Richards said.

Alongside events like art classes and cornhole tournaments, The Warehouse is collaborating with Brown, owner of Meg’s Sweets, to bring back the backyard band series that Brown first hosted in her backyard last fall. The backyard band series will open at the beginning of June with a lineup that includes folk, “energetic rock,” and “acoustic sad pop.” UMF alumni Lauren Crosby and Lindsay Mower will be among other performers.

Richards and Cushing hope to begin partnering with other businesses in Farmington in addition to Meg’s Sweets and eventually open a “permanent space in Downtown Farmington” where they can offer different kinds of events and host private parties.

Cushing acknowledged that starting The Warehouse “right now, in the pandemic, is really hard” and as a result they are “easing into it with ticketed events.”

“It’s a tough climate to jump into,” she said.

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