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'Mother's Day' stars share how they celebrated off-screen - Page SixMonday, May 02, 2016
Stevie on BroadwayOnstage last week after “School of Rock: The Musical,” Stevie Nicks sang “Rhiannon” with its band (ages 11 to 13), and said: “Closing my eyes, these amazing kids could’ve been Fleetwood Mac.”Later in an empty dressing room — the stage doorman stayed overtime — with pizza, root beer, autographed vinyl records and jewelry gifts, she told bass player Evie Dolan, 12: “You’re supertalented. Let nothing get in your way — especially boys!”Rhiannon, in the world of Welsh mythology, was a magical figure. Not too far a cry from the accused witches of centuries ago. In Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” revival, Saoirse Ronan plays Abigail Williams, who threw Salem into upheaval accusing neighbors of witchcraft. Making B’way rounds, Stevie, rumored to be a believer in wizardry, said: “You would have turned me in.” Ronan: “Yes, I would’ve.”Please try to pay attentionSipping and supping the same night at Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar playpen: Meg Ryan, Sting and famous fixed face Jocelyn Wildenstein .?.?. Lest you hit downtown Tblisi (in the country of Georgia), which mightn’t pop up in conversation, be aware its main airport road to town, whateverthehell that is, bears the name George W. Bush Street .?.?. Headlines ago, Claus von Bülow, acquitted for zapping his wealthy wife, also kept another lady in his hospitalized comatose wife’s apartment. Andrea Reynolds, his live-in, just passed on.‘Rock’ readyHoorays for “Hamilton’s” success despite its length seeming longer than Alex himself lived. Having known “School of Rock’s” early days, allow my partiality.Based on 2003’s Jack Black hit film, Jack first saw the show Sunday. Sir Lord His Worship Andrew Lloyd Webber’s in London, so daughter Imogen hosted them. Andrew’s back the 18th. Honored by the British Consulate.Time to think about VPsFor VP, Trump may trump for Oklahoma’s Gov. Mary Fallin. Fallin’s no Sarah Palin. Former lieutenant governor, its first female governor, two terms in Congress, upped the state economy, lowered taxes and increased education funding by $154 mil.When an elderly... http://pagesix.com/2016/05/01/mothers-day-stars-share-how-they-celebrated-off-screen/
Why yes, that is a giant flower bouquet in a Raleigh trash can; here's who's behind it - WRAL.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
N.C. Museum of Art is behind this ... well ... work of art.As I wrote last week, the museum's annual Art in Bloom event will run March 22 to March 25 and will feature more than 50 florists from around the country. Florists are randomly assigned a work of art in the museum's permanent collection and tasked with building a floral display inspired by the art.During the four days of Art in Bloom, tickets are required for admission to the permanent collection in the Museum’s West Building. East Building and the Museum Park will remain open and free to visitors. Tickets are $18. It's free for kids 6 and under. As part of Art in Bloom, the museum will offer a flower-themed scavenger hunt from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 24 and March 25. The drop-in event lets visitors, who have purchased tickets, follow clues on a scavenger hunt card to find flowers and "artful" treasures in the galleries.The trash can bouquet is part of the museum's effort to get the word out about the event. Eventually, five corners of downtown Raleigh will be decorated this week with these colorful floral displays. They are created by Steve Taras of Raleigh's Watered Garden Florist and are inspired by a similar effort in New York City called Flower Flashes.The public is encouraged to take photos of the displays and post to social media using hashtag #NCMAbloom and #PNCartinbloom for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event.And be on the look out for more trash can bouquets. Can't wait to see the rest ...More On This... http://www.wral.com/why-yes-that-is-a-giant-flower-bouquet-in-a-raleigh-trash-can-here-s-who-s-behind-it/17411735/
5 Mistakes Brides Make When Choosing Wedding Flowers - Brides.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
We're not talking unsightly floral combinations here, but rather about the way brides approach meeting with their florists—much of it having to do with expectation vs. reality. To get the inside track on what to avoid and how to approach thinking about flowers for your wedding, we spoke to the oh-so-talented Victoria Ahn of Designs by Ahn, a New York City based floral company. Take note, brides-to-be, there's a whole lot of super useful info packed into these 5 tips on what to avoid when choosing wedding flowers!Photo Courtesy of CLY by Matthew Photography" data-id="5a96faa90f0ce0052e6ab5fe" data-type="image-embed" data-reactid="139" readability="0.74193548387097" Photo Courtesy of CLY by Matthew PhotographyFlowers by Designs by AhnUnorganized Inspiration BoardsWhen brides put together an inspiration board of their ideas, it can be quite helpful. However, if the collection of images doesn’t follow a theme within the same color palette and style, it can be confusing and more difficult for the florist to understand what the bride actually wants to see on her wedding day. If your photos seem to be all over the place, and you need help deciding on the best route to go for your wedding, have a discussion with the florist first. They can help steer you in the right direction, and you’...
Saving spring: How the Ohio River almost stole thousands of tulips - Cincinnati.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Park went to battle stations.They were ready. When the park flooded three years ago, the workers had made a point of watching how far up the water came and what was going to be planted there.The park florists – actually they're horticulturalists – saw that the tulip bulbs in the Memory Garden bed needed attention.Workers all over the park were moving the foot piano, chess pieces, picnic tables and all the stuff that required electricity. They also moved salt and mulch and potting soil. (They moved everything into the parking garage only to learn that the garage would also be submerged. So they moved all that stuff again.)But the bulbs, planted in an intricate pattern of undulating color, couldn't be just yanked out of the ground and put in a bag and replanted when the water dropped.The bed was replanted this year with bulbs to create a special ombre effect, shading from dark purple to light pink. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)It was supposed to be this fabulous show of color. "We were excited to see how it turned out," said florist Corrie Carswell.So, moving the bulbs required some, well, innovation."As a Hail Mary to try to protect 3,500 tulips, we tarped and sandbagged the overlook bed," she said.A team that included florists Corrie Carswell ,Garrett Dienno and Jay Swanson and district crew leader Casey McCann came up with and executed a simple plan to save tulips from the Ohio River: Cover the bulbs, load on sandbags and hope for the best. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)The water rose, creating a blue tarp island in the midst of the muddy water, lapping at the edges of the bed. The water soon covered it. The water continued to rise.The river crested at 60.9 feet, putting the beds under about 6 feet of water, Carswell said. p class=...
Cook Florist celebrates 75 years - The CountyWednesday, March 14, 2018
When Sidney and Edna Cook opened Cook Florist on Main Street in Presque Isle on Oct. 1, 1943, the Presque Isle Air Force Base brought numerous individuals to Aroostook County and local businesses thrived in the region. PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — When Sidney and Edna Cook opened Cook Florist on Main Street in Presque Isle on Oct. 1, 1943, the Presque Isle Air Force Base brought numerous individuals to Aroostook County and local businesses thrived in the region. Sidney Cook already owned a gas station, which included a bike rental shop, that had many soldiers from the Air Force base as customers.The Cooks had always enjoyed growing and cutting flowers and after a while people began asking them to make floral arrangements for special occasions. The couple realized that they could create a great business out of that community need and so one year Edna Cook attended the Gorney School of Floral Art in Boston. She and her husband opened Cook Florist not long afterward.Today the Cooks’ granddaughter Karen Duncan is the third-gener...
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...