Newport Flower Show Celebrates Opening Night With Tapas and Tango
May 23, 2012
NEWPORT, RI – On Friday, June 22, Newport’s summer season will kick into high gear with the 17th annual Newport Flower Show Opening Night Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Salsa – A Celebration of Latin Cultures will bring vibrant colors and elaborate designs to the historic grounds of Rosecliff.
The Opening Night Party will offer an evening of sights, sounds and tastes of Latin culture alongside beautiful floral, horticultural and garden displays. Guests can shop in the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardeners’ Marketplace as they explore the party’s diverse and energetic entertainment.
The evening’s entertainment will include a tango dancing demonstration, and a live performance by Inca Son, a Peruvian music and dance ensemble. Dressed in authentic and colorful Inca costumes and Andean attire, Inca Son will perform the traditional dances, melodies and rhythms of Andean and Latin American music and culture.
In addition to a tapas-inspired seaside buffet, party goers can sip a variety of wines from Spain, Argentina and Chile, and taste a signature cocktail made with Ron Abuelo aged rum by nationally-renowned "Cocktail Guru" Jonathan Pogash.
Opening Night Party tickets are $135 for Preservation Society members and $150 for non-members if purchased before June 8; after that date, the member price will be $160, and the non-member price $175.
The show will continue through the weekend with Latin-themed floral exhibits, horticultural entries, garden designs, photography and children’s programs, all staged throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.
Special guests headlining Luncheon Lectures on Friday and Saturday of the Newport Flower Show include internationally renowned designer Mario Fernandez sharing the latest trends in floral design on Friday, June 22, and garden writer Derek Fell sharing his expertise on vertical gardening on Saturday, June 23. Tickets for each Luncheon and Lecture are $80 per person. Lecture-only tickets are available for $40.
Fernandez is the owner of Belle Fleur in Coral Gables, Florida, and has been selected FTD Designer of the Year several times. His floral designs have enhanced the functions and homes of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Will Smith. Fell is the former director of the National Gardening Bureau and a prolific author with more than 100 gardening books in print.
The front lawn of Rosecliff will again be filled with beautiful garden displays, offering inspiration for those looking to add color and old world charm to their own gardens. Guests will be able to browse the Gardeners’ Marketplace for specialty plants, flowers and garden accessories. The shopping experience will continue on the back lawn, in the Oceanside Boutiques featuring additional garden and lifestyle-related products and services.
The Newport Flower Show will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24. Advance sale and Preservation Society member admission tickets are $18 per person. Tickets sold at the door will be $25 on Friday, $23 on Saturday or Sunday.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Newport Flower Show, visit www.NewportFlowerShow.org, or call (401) 847-1000.
The Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show is Bartlett Tree Experts. The show is also sponsored by National Trust Insurance Services, Brooks Brothers Country Club, Porsche of Warwick, Northern Trust, Alex & Ani, BankNewport, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southern New England, Atria Senior Living, Trellis Structures and Wines from Spain.
All proceeds from the Newport Flower Show benefit the ongoing landscape restoration efforts of The Preservation Society of Newport County, a private non-profit organization accredited by the American Association of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area's historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.