SPRINGTIME IN PARIS PREVIEW PARTY with Concierge: Hosted by Where Magazine, The Shops at Liberty Place and PHS; ++ Details U Need to Know

Celebrity Sipping: Rasheed Wallace enjoying a drink in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton Friday night. Unlike Russell Simmons the week before, he wasn’t making out with his girlfriend.

Bunking at the Ritz-Carlton ahead of his concert at the Academy Music was Little Pink Houses John Mellencamp. No word on whether his new squeeze Meg Ryan was with him, but I did hear no press was allowed to shoot his concert.

Congrats: To Miss Philadelphia Andrea Helfrich for landing a job at Fox 29 as a producer. Perfect for her as she is as sweet as can be.

Also super news: Phillies pitcher Kyle Kenderick and wife Survivor Stephenie are expecting their first child in September.

Where Magazine, The Shops at Liberty Place and The Pennsylvania Horticultural co-host kick-off party for SPRINGTIME IN PARIS
The 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show will transport visitors to the City of Light with this year’s theme: “Springtime in Paris” from March 6-13. (The City and many of it’s cultural events have been inspired by the upcoming Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts which kicks off April 8th. The Kimmel Center is the epicenter of events as well as another EIFFEL TOWER which will put on a LIGHT SHOW. Twice nightly spectacle with 6,000 light bulbs brings the 81 foot Eiffel Tower and Plaza to life in a dazzling light and sound show. Kimmel Center Plaza April 8 – May 1, 7 PM and 10 PM)
Last night Laura Burkhardt, Publisher Where Magazine, and Drew Becher, President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society greet their guests and concierge to their preview party at the Shops of Liberty Place. The concierge represent many of the hotels in Philadelphia. They are the front line to the visitors who come to our City, many who during the first week in March will be attending the Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Therese Farrow and Leslie Adam both of Swarovski crystal at The Shops of Liberty Place. I was just at the Walnut Street Theater Monday night, and it was pointed out to me that the scounces in the theater are Swarovski crystal beads. They are really beautiful.
Britt Hansen, Joelle Gordon, Jenna Coleman, Janice Waitkus from Lagos. This year Steven Lagos has created a one-of-a-kind pendant for the Phila Flower Show.
Tanya Teece and Carol Tamburino stop by on their way to dinner.

Janet Lynn, Nick Pytel and Lisa Willis are from the PHS and looking forward to a very busy week. On Friday they literally pack up their offices and move to the convention center for the next two week to be on site for all things flower show.

During the Flower Show there will be special themed nights:
VIP and Special Events at the Show Preview Dinner Cocktails – Black Tie Gala, March 5
Monday Night OUT – LGBT night, March 7th
Young Professionals Night – networking, cocktails and Flower Show ticket, March 8
Happy Hour & Restaraunt Discount Night – March 9
Girls Night Out – goodie bag, food, drink and free samples, March 10
QVC at the Flower Show – March 10th
Family Nights – March 11th and 12th
Girl Scouts Day – March 13th
Daniel Minnucci, Bryan Hoffman, Jill Scarlett, Marketing Director at Cushman & Wakefield and Patrick Neiland. The guys are all from Hoffman Designs.
Anna Schneider and Caitlin Challender from 1682 restaurant in the Palomar Hotel
The economic impact of the Philadelphia International Flower Show extends much longer than the eight-day event and far beyond the walls of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year, a new study conducted by the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP found that the Flower Show provides an economic benefit to the Greater Philadelphia region of more than $61 million.
The ladies of Style of Men Left to Right: Frannie Giordano, Alaina Riccardi, Therese Farrow and Leslie Adam, the later two both of Swarovski Crystals at The Shops of Liberty Place
Bruno Pouget and Noble American Cookery at 2025 Sansom served up a delicious spread
Which Matthew Connelly gave it a thumbs up. With him is Mr Philadelphia, Al Lee from the Visitor Center on the left.Molly Doran and Maria Hatzivaslis. QVC will be doing a live broadcast from the Flower Show this year. Did you know that QVC was the third highest plant seller after Home Depot and Loews? (hmm that could have been a good contest trivia question.)
Daniel Minnucci, GPTMC’s Jim Werner, Mike Sheridan and Lisa Willis, PHS Marketing
Glen Pappa’s Teresita Lutiz, Club Quarters, Scott Persuhn, Linda
Bruce Shannon, FMP Media and Michelle Shannon, Michelle Shannon, Vice President of Marketing and Communications of the Center City District, which celebrates it’s 20th year this year. Don’t they do a fantastic job?
Speaking of which my bud Greta Greenberger, Tour Director of City Hall. I think I mentioned to you that I would be giving tours at lunch time beginning in March. I will tell you whether the magic day is Tuesday or Wednesday and right Kristin Jenkins, Editor of Where Magazine.
Rick Mollineaux, DM Where Magazine, with the Palomar’s Nick Gregory and Sean Flannigan. I just saw the trailer for Limitless while watching the 11 O’Clock news on NBC10 (of course). A couple scenes were filmed at the Palomar. I chatted about it once on The Scene, it was a pillow fight. Can’t wait to see it. Comes out March 18. Thanks to Fathom, Chik-Fil-A, Rick’s Steaks, Brown Betty for the snacks too.
Kelly Waters, Carlene Pochette, and Jenna Coleman;
Flower Show Preview Party
Saturday, March 5, 2011
6:00 pm
Advance registration required ■ Open to the public and members

Pennsylvania Convention Center | 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA Click here to purchase tickets! Michelle Waters, Director of corporate travel for the Sofitel Hotel and Vincent Vienne, Manager, Sofitel Philadelphia. It was back on 11/22/10 that the PHS announced the theme of the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show ”Springtime in Paris” at the Sofitel Hotel. (Another Contest: Send your name to buzz at with the name of Drew Becher’s last boss and the state in which she was born in (Psst which is the theme for next year’s flower show, don’t tell anyone.) From all the correct answers I will draw a name on Monday. You have to be able to pick up the gift bag at my location across from the Art Museum. The gift bag includes discounts to some of the Shops at Liberty Place, a couple of interesting things, as well a PAIR OF TICKETS to the Flower Show to be used any day. If this is too hard, and I don’t receive any responses, I will give a hint tomorrow.)
(This post is sponsored by Where Magazine, The Shops of Liberty Place, Phila Flower Show and PIFA; please support them as they support us.)