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The VIP treat: Two great events with fabulous "Inside the Scene' options Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Sat, Mar 18, 2006, 08:54 PM

Cavalia:  Go behind the scenes and enjoy an after-the-show private party and see these fabulous performers one-on-one.

Art in Bloom:  Be one of just a few to enjoy an up-close-and-personal three hour floral Master Class with Rene van Rems at Art in Bloom Flower Symposium and Festival sponsored by the Dallas Museum of Art League, benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art

Many events have all sorts of VIP features, if you're willing to pay the money, of course.  These two events are happening now and it's the perfect time to join in the fun.

Cavalia captures your heart and soul
"Must see" is such an over-used phrase. So, how about: You'll be really sorry if you miss this stirring feast for the heart and soul.


First of all, there are no bad seats. Each seat is positioned at such an angle that from no matter where you are seated, you can see the horses' hooves. And the sand. And the water pond. Opera glasses are so cool! Very up close.

Concession stands are well-stocked with soft drinks, etc., food, wine and more. Girls, there are plenty of restrooms. Guys, it's worth the trip.

This is one evening where everyone is happy at the end and sort of dreamy, too. The young adults and teenagers we noticed during the show were entranced. Leaning forward in their seats.
Whispering wow.

As a very special treat for yourself, mom, kids and friends  .... everyone ... sign up for the Cavalia Rendez-Vous packages, which include a fine selection of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, including wine and beer, free parking, a special souvenir, and an exclusive tour behind the scenes in the Cavalia Stables are also available (starting at $165 for adults, $95 for children 12 and under). Prices are before service charges and 8.25% tax.

(Photo of Magali by Lynne Glazer)

If I had a special birthday or celebration between now and April 9th,  I'd sign up, invite a few friends to go dutch treat and have a blast, an early dinner beforehand at the restaurant next door.  I can't remember the name, but it's evident if you drive by:  It's the huge white tents on the southwest side of Dallas North Tollway, in between Belt Line and Spring Valley.

estelleswdallasblog.jpgBest bet:  Go out to the site and buy the  glossy paperback book or two (buy one to 'get-it' even after the show) to present as a teaser to friends, buy your tickets online NOW and you're on your way.

Yes, she is standing up and riding four stallions while jumping over a hurdle ... there are no mares in the show.  This is Estelle, Magali's sister.  Wow.

Go to this link to read more about the experience and see more pics:

Here's the total ticket info.:

Regular tickets are on sale and priced: $49.00 to $83.00. Children 12 and under: $29.00 to $59.00. Seniors and students: $39.00 to $68.00 (Monday to Friday). Prices are before service charges and 8.25% tax.

For more information and reservations, call 1-866-999-8111 or visit the Web site at

We're going back and taking the kids next week. I can't wait!

Now onto a special treat for floral enthusiasts:

2006 Art in Bloom Floral Symposium and Festival
presented by the Dallas Museum of Art League Board of Directors benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art.

March 26 & 27, 2006 at the DMA: 
Sunday is more casual.  Monday is ladies-who-lunch.  Both are a riot and lots of fun.

Event Description:
This year marks the DMA League's 8th annual Floral Symposium and Fashion Show luncheon. Because of the enormous popularity of the Symposium, we are continuing the event as the annual Art In Bloom Floral Symposium and Festival.

Modeled after other successful Art in Bloom events at museums around the country, including The Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art in New Orleans, which draw 3,000-20,000 festival visitors and raise significant funds, the Dallas festival promises to be an entertaining and informative event to engage and excite the Greater Dallas community for years to come.

Art in Bloom festival will feature two days of an entertaining array of activities that align the beauty of art with floral design. Masterpieces from the Dallas Museum of Art's collections will be presented with brilliant Floralscapes, created by an eminent group of floral artists on display throughout the festival.

Sunday, March 26th
begins with a wonderful jazz brunch
in 1717 featuring Stoney Savage on piano from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Price for brunch is $40 per person. Reservations required.

Here's the VIP ringer:
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Spend three hours with Dutch Master Floral Designer, René van Rems, AIFD. Learn the techniques and style of European hand-tied bouquets. This session will expose participants to a crash course in proper care and handling of fresh cut flowers and choosing appropriate materials for goof-proof decorating or gift giving. This workshop will provide all materials to complete the two projects, including containers. Participants need to bring a floral knife and pruners, both of which will be offered for sale prior to the workshop. At the conclusion of this class, students will take home their finished projects.

Recommend registration in advance because space is limited for some events.
Tickets for the Master Class are $250 for the class only or $280, includes Sunday Jazz Brunch, by reservation only. Priority given to Floral Symposium major underwriters.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Family Day in Gateway Gallery
for kids of all ages (Free with Museum admission) Your family will enjoy floral decorations, fun art activities, storytelling, festive music, performances by Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company and more.

It's going to be a FUN day on March 27th!

We'll begin the morning at 10:00 with a champagne reception (and coffee:)
10:15 docent-led tours of floral artworks in the Museum's collections
11:30 a.m. Floral Symposium in the Horchow Auditorium
12:45 p.m. Fashion presentation by Turtletique and luncheon under the glow of the Chihuly works-studded glass wall in Hamon Atrium

For tickets, reservations, information:


If you have any questions or if I can help you in any way, about any event, please contact me.  It's a pleasure!


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