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Architectural Digest Design Show Winners Announced

New York City – Displayed this year were over 400 brands at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City featuring the best in the design and luxury lines.  The New York Chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) announced the “Best of” Awards exhibitors for their creativity, innovation and sustainability from both an installation and products perspective.  Best of Show Award was Benjamin Moore exhibit, designed by Darrin Varden.  The Best of MADE Award; Borealis Studio by glass artist Devin Burgess and ceramic artist Jerilyn Virden.  Zavar Design received Best Innovation Design Award.  JM Lifestyles was chosen for Best in Sustainability Award.


The jury was President-Elect Bjorn Bjomsson, Past-President Robin Baron, ASID NY Designers Asler Valero, Bonnie J. Steves, Kim Radovich and Arlene Angard.  This was the 16th annual Architectural Digest Design Show.  The ASID has over 1800 members in the New York Metro Chapter.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade NYC

Michael Dowling, Grand Marshall
New York City – The route along Fifth Avenue in New York City stretched from 44th to 79th streets.  Over 150,000 people were marching in the parade included politicians, firefighters, police, military, marching bands, colleges, plumbers-steamfitters and many other professions.  The route was lined with green hats and Irish flags with over two million spectators for the 256th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year’s Grand Marshall was Michael Dowling.  Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York was outside Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue waving to the participants in the parade and blessing those that came over to him.   NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill celebrated his Irish heritage.  Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo marched in the parade were among the politicians. The parade was dedicated to New York State Police and the Catholic charities as they recognized their 100th years.  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade recognized and honored NYPD Detective Steven McDonald who died last year and members of the FDNY honored EMT Yadira Arroyo who was killed Thursday evening.

Dining by Design 2017

Ralph Lauren Home
New York – The 20th anniversary of DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) featured designers showcasing a creative elegant dining environment.  The fundraiser was held at Pier 92 in New York City with two fundraisers.  Over 2,000 people were at the events that coordinated with the five days of the Architectural Digest Design Show at Pier 94.  Ralph Lauren has been one of the Dining by Design since almost the beginning in 1984 and showcased a design of classic French resorts with a seaside theme.  There were 32 tables that were creatively designed including showcases by Crate and Barrel, Benjamin Moore, Brad Ford, New York Design Center, Rockwell Group and more.

Based in New York City and chapters throughout the country.  More than $42 million has been raised and disbursed to hundreds of organizations nationwide.


Las Vegas, Nevada – The Construction Trade Fair that comes every three years brought people from all over the world to attend.  Five days was packed with over 2600 exhibitors including 700 new and nearly 130,000 representatives of the construction industry reviewing the latest technology, products and accessories.


Xtreme Manufacturing unveiled their new telehandler that expands their10,000 lbs capacity line with a lift height of up to 56 ft. The expansion of equipment ranged from compact equipment to massive cranes.  The Conexpo was started in 1957 when President Eisenhower was in the Whitehouse and was called “The Road Shoe.” 

“A Day Without a Woman” Rally

New York City – Washington Square in Manhattan was the site that the rally began for the “A Day Without a Woman.”  The Square packed with women and men supporting the rally was held in conjunction of International Women’s Day.  Speeches were about the disparity of women receiving lower paid than the men, inequality of fringe benefits as well as other division within the workforce.   


A number of speakers and performers were on the platform before the march began.  Speakers included Rabyaah Althaibani,  May Madarang, Gabriela, Betty Lyons of the American Indian Law Alliance and more.  The rally route began at Washington Square with a route that went to 7th Avenue, Varick Street with stops in front of the Immigration Court and ended in Zuccotti Park.

German shepherd wins Best in Show at Westminster

New York – A German shepherd named “Rumor” took the title of Best in Show at the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday night at The Madison Square Garden.  Rumor was close to winning last year and returned this year before retiring to take the title.  Kent Boyles, handler and co-owner from Edgerton, Wisconsin said, “Rumor is going to head home to retire and be around the family…puppies will be in her future.”


Prior to the final evening there were two filled days of over 2,800 dogs competing for the preliminary cuts.  Tuesday evening final field before the Best in Show named were:  Norwegian Elkhound, Pekingese, Miniature Poodle, Irish Setter, Boxer, Norwich Terrier, and the champion “Rumor” a German shepherd.


WPPI 2017, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada – Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) convention is the largest convention of its kind in North America.  Over 250 exhibitions and more than 13,000 attended the leading conference and expo.  The top leaders in the industry gave over one hundred educational seminars as well as numerous workshops. Manufacturers, retailers and sponsors were all engaged in demonstrating the new techniques for products that were the newest trend in the industry.


The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) was held this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) allowing for larger space for all the activities that are part of the convention.  The location allowed new opportunities for all that attended including The Photo Den, larger choice of keynote speakers and a lounge meeting area.

The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster 2017

New York – The 4th Annual Agility competition Masters Agility Championship of The Westminster Kennel Club was held at Pier 94.  “Trick” a border collie won the final evening competition and claimed the Westminster Kennel Club agility contest.  The owner and handler was John Nys of Pascoag, Rhode Island.  Crush, a former shelter dog took the title for top mixed-breed dog in the competition, owner-handler Aryn Hervel of American Canyon, California. 

The Agility course earlier in the day for final elimination had 330 dogs run a course that was filled with tunnels, hoop, jumps, ramps.  The evening finals were narrowed down to 50 from the two run competition earlier in the day.

Women’s Rallies across the Continents

NYC – Rallies reached across the world in over 600 locations.  New York City had over 400,000 marchers on the route that began at
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to midtown Manhattan.  The speakers that were at the beginning of the route included NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray.  The crowd surpassed the expectant numbers that were projected when the parade was being coordinated.  Over 20 countries participated in the march creating numbers

over a million.   Men, women and children all joined in expressing their concerns over policies through signs, music and chants.  Democracy was exemplified through the participants marching.  NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio thanked everyone for a peaceful march where there were no arrests in NYC

President Trump first week

Washington, D. C. - First week after the Inaugural has begun with President Donald Trump non-stop with meetings, revisiting previous executive orders that were implemented during President Obama term.  The whole week will be a reflection of what to expect for the coming years on a national and international basis. 

Nominations are being finalized as well as Press secretary Sean Spicer held the first full White House briefing on Monday morning.  President Donald Trump signed three Executive Orders and pulled the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.

Flight of the Nations – Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Mass Ascension for Flight of the Nations lifted off early Wednesday morning with nearly 600 balloons.  The winds allowed the “box” to form that Albuquerque is so famous for.  The higher elevation had stronger winds that did not allow the competition portion of the balloons to come from outside the field to complete the task for a second day in a row.
America’s Challenge Gas Balloon race launch was held off for a day because of impending weather that they would encounter as the winds would float them eastward

Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

Minneapolis, MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over 50,000 fans.  The rain stopped minutes before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the band has been performing over 53 years.  Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight Rambler.” 


BOSTON 40th Anniversary Moondance Jam
Walker, Minnesota – BOSTON played to a fully packed arena at Moondance Jam 25.  The 25th anniversary for Moondance Jam 25 had a non-stop music festival for the weekend and is known as one of the top country music festivals. Multi-thousands of fans came out to hear the top musicians from all over the world.  BOSTON’s performance was cut short because of a huge lightning storm that was passing through the area after some very hot and humid days.
Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

Justin Moore
Walker, MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed arena of fans.  Friday went off like clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted for.  Entertainers began with Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.  Saturday will be filled with performances by Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.

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