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The 2016 UMBRIA Jazz Festival: Big Name Performers, what to Expect, and where to Stay

Having heard from a friend how spectacular Umbria was, I was eager to find out what specifically made it an unforgettable destination– UMBRIA Jazz Festival.   For 10 days and nights,  (July 8th-17th)  the sweet sound of jazz music can be heard throughout the medieval city of Perugia and the hills of Umbria come alive with the sound of music. 

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Since 1973, the festival has been a huge attraction every summer and hosts some of the most amazing Jazz musicians around. Artists such as Miles Davis, B.B King, and Elton John have performed.  This year, from July 8-17, the festival’s lineup will be just as amazing. The majority of performances taking place under the stars at the open-air Arena Santa Giuliana, while others happen within the gilded walls of Teatro Morlacchi, 

Who’s Playing at the 2016 Umbria Jazz Festival?
In past years, the Umbria Jazz Festival has attracted the likes of musical legends such as Miles Davis, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, and even Elton John. The 2016 festival is no different — if you’re planning on traveling to Umbria this summer, prepare yourself for this impressive lineup:

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July 8: Massimo Ranieri “Malia” with Enrico Rava, Stefano Di Battista, Rita Marcotulli,
Ettore Fioravanti, and Stefano Bagnoli (Buy tickets)
July 9: Diana Krall and Ola Onabule (Buy tickets)
July 10: Mika and Ezio Bosso (Buy tickets)
July 11: Buddy Guy and Ruthie Foster (Buy tickets)
July 12: John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, and Mark Guiliana (Buy tickets)
July 13: Enrico Rava New Quartet featuring Stefano Di Battista (Buy tickets)
July 14: Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guests Kurt Elling and Melody Gardot (Buy tickets)
July 15: George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic and Cory Henry & The Apostles (Buy tickets)

July 16: Steps Ahead Reunion and Marcus Miller “Afrodeezia” Tour (Buy tickets)

July 17: Chick Corea 75th Birthday Celebration, Homage to Heroes, and Stefano Bollani “Napoli Trip” (Buy tickets)

The program and number of participating artists may change as it gets closer to the festival. There are many, many more performances over the course of the ten days – smaller, free events all throughout town – but the artists listed above perform in the evening hours and are considered to be the main event of each day.

WHERE TO STAY..

vacation-rental-photo_Italy_HII-IPC_Villa-I-Palazzi-Casale-Torre_ipcpol02_tabletPerugia  can get very busy during the Umbria Jazz Festival and hotels, inns and villas can book up quickly.  Personally I appreciate the privilege of venturing into the historic city centers for exceptional jazz, then being able to retreat to the countryside to soak up the peace and beauty of Umbria.

Whether I’m traveling to the Caribbean or Europe, I like the space and privacy that a private villa offers. My friends at WIMCO Villas represent dozens of private villas with pools in Umbria and Tuscany – contact them at 1-800-449-1553 to ask for suggestions. They’ll set up your flights, rental cars and even private chefs and vineyard tours.

On my bucket list is a 9 bedroom villa I would like to fill with 8 friends/couples!  Only 6 miles from Perugia and less than 14 from one of my favorite historical towns,  and birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi, the villa offers horseback riding, golfing, restaurants, food shops, and even hot air balloon ride  nearby.

I continue to count on my favorite concierge — WIMCO for my vacation needs– Contact Stiles (owner/principal of WIMCO) directly for any inquiries at Stiles@wimco.com, Barbara Pierce Bpierce@wimco.com  or call 401 236 9024

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Diane de la Bégassière launches Miss D’s Luna Si Podcast–

Countess Diane de la Bégassière’s sense of humor and personal relationships are  key to the success of Miss D’s Luna Si Podcast and her eclectic roster of guest speakers. Diane discovered a way to leverage her innate sense of humor, inquisitive nature, people skills and eclectic roster of friends.  Former water ski champion, triathlete, jewelry designer and Manhattan PR maven, Diane’s joy of life and laughter has led her to this latest stage in her life.

“I finally figured out I have a face for Podcasting,” says Diane, “I know so many people with interesting stories to share, starting a podcast was a natural.”

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Diane with Edwina Sandys

Within just 6 months, Diane has hosted over 15 shows including internationally renowned artists, interior designers, authors, exiled aristocrats, entrepreneurs—all of whom have fascinating stories, experiences, and in some cases interesting behind the scene secrets to reveal.   The stellar roster of guests have included Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, artist and author;  Nadine Kalachnikoff, Russian Aristocrat, International Interior Designer/artist who recounts her early youth following her father’s exile from Russia and growing up in Paris surrounded by Dali and Picasso, and had her book report written by Ernest Hemingway,  and who overcame her learning disabilities and shyness through catering (Her clients included the White House and the British Royal family):  Patrick McMullan iconic NY Celebrity and social photographer, who recounts memories from a by-gone area including memories with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, David Bowie;  Rochelle Ohrstrom, artist and author of Ponzi & Picasso where she reveals the darker side of the art world;  Tarik Wildman who confesses he does everything (yes everything)  while flying a plane; and Harry Hurt III author of 7 books and writer for NY Times and Texas Monthly.

“What I love the most of what I do is what I learn about my friends I never knew!  In this day and age, we don’t spend enough time asking questions, we’re too busy moving on to the next.  I love sitting my friends down and developing a conversation in a friendly, casual and comfortable setting, and understanding what led them to be who they are now,” says Diane de la Begassiere.

To hear Diane’s podcast interviews log on to missdslunasi.com

She can also be found on             Facebook:           https://m.facebook.com/MissDsLunaSi/

iTunes:                 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/miss-ds-luna-si/

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Jane Holzer and Susan Lloyd host exhibit and book-signing for Internationally Renowned photographer, Baron Christophe von Hohenberg at The Silver Fund on Worth Avenue

Another Planet’ and ‘Andy Warhol-the Day the Factory Died’ Capture a By-gone Era

 Jane Holzer and Susan Lloyd revisited a by-gone era by co-hosting  an exhibit and book-signing by internationally renowned photographer, Baron Christophe von Hohenberg.  The celebration took place on Thursday March 10th at The Silver Fund , an exceptional gallery which has complemented Worth Avenue with treasure troves of exquisite collections of 20th century silver and design.  New York photographer, Patrick McMullan flew to Palm Beach to capture the moment.

Von Hohenberg, who had just returned from an exhibit in Vienna, where he ‘sold out’ his collection, did not expect the immediate success of this last minute show.  Referring to his books as “reliving of celebrated times immortalizing models, artists, designers, musicians, gallerists, and other icons who reigned in New York during the Seventies and Eighties”, von Hohenberg was on hand to sign his two latest books “Another Planet” and “Andy Warhol, the Day the Factory Died”.  Two photographs from von Hohenberg’s ‘Nude with Wookie” series were framed, displayed and sold within the first 20 minutes to a Palm Beach collector.

 

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Over 100 invited guests paid tribute to Von Hohenberg’s unique style of cataloguing popular culture.  Many of who came to find themselves portrayed in his books and return to those moments illuminated by his photography, which has been featured in publications as wide ranging as Interview, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Fortune, German and French Vogue, and German Rolling Stone.

“It was so great to see so many faces and friends after more than twenty and even thirty years!  I relived so many moments and shared so many memories because of this opportunity.   Thank you Jane, Susan and the Silver Fund for this opportunity,” said Baron von Hohenberg.

In addition to Jane Holzer and Susan Lloyd, the eclectic roster of collectors, artists, gallery owners, Broadway producers and members of Royal families included Earle Mack, Terry Allen Kramer, Carlos Morrison, John Loring, Felicia Taylor, Mai Harrison, Fran Weisler, Elizabeth Thompson, Fran Weisler, Countess Diane de la Begassiere, Princess Maria Pia de Bourbon-Parme, Karin Luter, Talbott Maxey, Matthew Eames, Baroness von Oppenheim, Kenneth Walker, Felicia Taylor, Mark Goldschmidt  and Jim Pappas.

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The Silver Fund Team

Michael James and Jason Laskey from The Silver Fund spared no expense, inviting popular vocalist Racquel Williams to perform during the reception.  Chris Nolan, of Spirit of the Tsars, offered guests complimentary tastings of his rare ultra-premium Golden sipping vodka.

In his book, Another Planet: New York Portraits 1976 – 1996 Von Hohenberg lived and photographed when the giants of fashion, art and society rubbed elbows with drag queens and addicts in clubs like the legendary Studio 54. The book contains portraits of personalities like Allen Ginsberg, Julian Schnabel, Cornelia Guest, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., to name just a few.

 

In Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died, Christophe documented Andy Warhol’s Memorial Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on April 1, 1987. His photos from that day, stand as a time capsule published to  mark the twentieth anniversary of Andy Warhol’s death.

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BOOK-COVER-OKClick here to view more pictures of the fun filled recption on Altima Gallery

Click here to view all the pictures captured by Patrick McMullan

 

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Visit Havana as an insider, meet the artists and experience the reason behind the ‘buzz’ …



If you want to plan a trip to Cuba to experience the art and culture first-hand, CNN recommends Havana VIP Tours which produces customized private 5-star itineraries. Havana VIP Tours can create a trip appropriate to the level of luxury you require, whether that is renting a private mansion on the water in Havana with a full staff, chartering a 120-foot yacht to tour the island, or just renting a room from a retired local to get a feel of Cuban life – all while complying with U.S. Government regulations governing legal travel to Cuba. As seen on PBS NewsHour, Havana VIP Tours concierge-style services include guided private day-long “Art Safaris” produced in conjunction with ARTempoCuba where you will visit artists’ studios and galleries accompanied by one of their curators. Havana VIP Tours provides daily recommendations and reservations for lunch, dinner and nightlife to allow you to experience the very best that Havana and Cuba have to offer, without worrying about the logistics.

Cuban Artist working in private studio.

Cuban Artist working in private studio.

One of the top reasons to visit Cuba right now is the art. It is raw, authentic, and revealing of the rich yet tumultuous history of the little island. With some of the world’s best art being discovered in Cuba, collectors are flocking to get a piece of the prodigious creations priced much less than the market-driven world standards. Cuban-born Maribel Alvarez and her boyfriend Jim Pappas, developer and avid art collector, could not believe they did not have Cutting Edge Art in Havana during their last visit to Havana’s bursting arts and culture scene.

 

"Cutting Edge Art in Havana" as featured in ELLE Magazine, January 2016

“Cutting Edge Art in Havana” as featured in ELLE Magazine, January 2016. Available on www.amazon.com

Maribel Alvarez reading through "Cutting Edge Art in Havana" while preparing for her next trip hosted by Havana VIP Tours and ARTempoCuba. Photographed with work by featured mixed media artist, Kadir Lopez.

Alvarez reading through “Cutting Edge Art in Havana” while preparing for her next trip hosted by Havana VIP Tours and ARTempoCuba. Photographed with mixed media artist, Kadir Lopez.

 “The top Cuban contemporary artists all work with ARTempoCuba, including my favorite Kadir Lopez, who documented our family legacy in his signature CUBE” says Alvarez. 

ARTempoCuba “Art Safari” tours and their Cuban Contemporary Art book, Cutting Edge Art in Havana, are already in demand by collectors worldwide. The catalog profiles more than one hundred Cuban artists in Havana, from internationally recognized artists to fresh faces, their biographical backgrounds, images of representative works, and contract information. ARTempoCuba, a collaborative of Cuban and American Art historian, curators and specialists, donates a portion of the proceeds to the artists encouraging production and exhibition of new works. The book is filled with detailed maps to allow you to visit the artists’ studios directly and even nearby place to have authentic Cuban cuisine and drink. The guide book fits right in your pocket and is accessible during anytime of your trip.

“If you are planning a trip to Cuba to see art, this book is a must!”
Renowned collector of Cuban art, Howard Farber of the Farber Collection of Cuban Contemporary Art

Havana Monopoly Artist: Kadir Lopez Year: 2014 Materials: Mixed Media on Aluminum Dimensions: 150 x 150 cm

Havana Monopoly
Artist: Kadir Lopez
Year: 2014
Materials: Mixed Media on Aluminum
Dimensions: 150 x 150 cm

 

From the series "Mi arca I" (My Arc I) Artist: Rubén Alpízar Year: 2014 Materials: Acrylic on Wood, metal and Plastic Dimensions: 68 x 94 x 14 cm

From the series, Mi Arca I (My Arc I)
Artist: Rubén Alpízar
Year: 2014
Materials: Acrylic on Wood, metal and Plastic
Dimensions: 68 x 94 x 14 cm

 

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Sample Artist Profile in “Cutting Edge Art in Havana”.

 

For more visit www.HavanaVIPtours.net and www.ARTempoCuba.com.

Click here to purchase “Cutting Edge Art in Havana” on Amazon.com

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Architecture meets Agriculture in Robert Farrell’s Award-Winning Metal Art for the benefit of ‘Head to Toes’

Robert Farrell is committed to the importance and relevance of objects created with a Craftsman’s own hands.  His intricate sculptural and table-top metal pieces are primarily one-of-a-kind and are created in his one-person studio.  Farrell’s most recent body of work includes wall pieces, toys, and buildings designed to evoke an emotional response or a memory from the viewer.

Along with Farrell’s commitment to his art, he returns to the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show this year with a wonderful pledge to benefit three local non-profit organizations in a major fashion.  He will contribute 15% of the proceeds from any piece over $6,000 sold at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show to benefit three non-profit organizations selected to be part of the VIP “Head to Toes” event which are the Center for Creative Education, Glades Academy Foundation, and Shuzz Organization.  Farrell joins over 50 other artists at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show who have selected pieces to appeal to collectors and committed a percentage of the proceeds to the “Head to Toes” effort. Categories include glass, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, as well as mixed media, fashion, jewelry, and more.

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The 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 26th through 28th.  The highly curated Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, voted number one in the nation by Art Fair Source Book provides an opportunity for interactive dialogue with the artists themselves for avid collectors as well as those looking for an introduction to beginning a personal collection.  Jury Members have reviewed a record number of artist’s submissions from all across the U.S.   For more information and to sign up for updates, please go to www.craftsamericashows.com

Tickets will be available for sale beginning January 2016 through the website.  Show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.   Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

 

 

 

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PALM BEACH FINE CRAFT show invites
DEMETRIUS KLEIN DANCE COMPANY and ARTS DANCE GENERATION

Under the direction of The Palm Beach Show Group, the 14th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show which takes place February 16th through 19th at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, will provide a showcase for local Palm Beach County performing artists.  The introduction of this new showcase will include performances by the Demetrius Klein Dance Company and Arts Dance Generation (Deborah Marquez, artistic director).  Their performance will be highlighted by classical and contemporary solo and group dance numbers. Featured soloist – Leigh Goldberger – WON the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet World Competition 2016 AND the Universal Ballet Competition 2016 in both the Classical and Contemporary categories.

Performing Friday, February 17th from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 18th from 1 to 3 p.m. will be seven dancers from the Demetrius Klein Dance Company.  The Arts Dance Generation is scheduled to perform with approximately 30 dancers on Sunday, February 19th from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Show hours are Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.   Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.  For tickets and more information:  http://www.palmbeachfinecraft.com

Please click here for complimentary tickets

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Rock Palm Beach Presents Stellar Live Auction Line-Up

In just a few weeks, the 58th Annual Rock Palm Beach Gala at The Mar-a-Lago Club will be the place to be, and for a great cause! The affair promises to be a fun-filled event featuring a VIP champagne reception, fabulous food, music provided by an all- star band and a live auction featuring incredible items from a St Barts getaway for 4 people to a rare autographed Les Paul guitar. The American Cancer Society will use the proceeds from the event to help raise critical funds to support the fight against cancer.

Here are some items you can look forward to bidding on:

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WIMCO (The West Indies Management Company) – WIMCO presents a haute escape for up to four persons in one of its private villas on St Barthelemy. The accommodations include a two-bedroom villa for one week (7 nights), personal concierge, daily maid service, complimentary airport service, a VIP welcome package with gourmet provisions and more!

 

 

 

 

Les Paul Guitar – Signed by the legendary pioneer of electric guitars, Les Paul, this priceless, limited edition red, white, and blue painted guitar was created to commemorate the 9/11 events.

 

 

 

 

Casa de Campo – Exciting 5 days and 4 nights in a beautiful suite at the Casa de Campo Resort! Package includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, room service and beverages by the glass at the Resort restaurants,2 rounds of golf for 2 people, a personal resort touring cart and other amenities!

 

 

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Prime seating tickets to see platinum-selling, Grammy award-winner Adele during her sold-out Adele Live 2016 in the magic city, Miami! Package includes tickets and dinner.

 

 

 

 

Honorary Chairman: Patrick M. Park, Co-Chairmen: Lori Stoll & Shelley Menin
Vice Chairman: Kitty Silverstein, Junior Chairman: Jesse Stoll

2016 American Cancer Society Annual Palm Beach Gala
‘Rock Palm Beach’
February 5, 2016
The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach

 

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER MICHAEL BOLTON PERFORMS AT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ANNUAL GALA “ROCK PALM BEACH”

Get ready to rock, Palm Beach! Grammy award-winner singer-songwriter Michael Bolton will be one of the special musical guests performing during American Cancer Society’s 58th Annual Gala Rock Palm Beach to be held at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Friday, February 5, 2016.  Honorary Chairman Patrick Park, gala co-chairmen Lori Stoll and Shelley Menin, vice chairman Kitty Silverstein and junior chairman Jesse Stoll have planned an exciting evening of fabulous food, great music and other surprises to help raise critical funds to support the American Cancer Society in its fight against cancer.

Event co-chairman Lori Stoll, wife of the late music promoter Jon Stoll, said “Michael’s still relevant after 40 years in the music industry, so he was the ideal choice for our event, which caters to several generations of Palm Beach society.”  Shelley Menin, Stoll’s co-chairman added “He’s also known to be a breast cancer awareness advocate, so we knew he would be a perfect fit to help us raise money to support the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society.”

2015 American Cancer Society Rock Palm Beach Gala Co-Chairs, Lori Stoll and Shelley Menin

2015 American Cancer Society Rock Palm Beach Gala Co-Chairs, Lori Stoll and Shelley Menin

The Palm Beach Annual Gala offer a fun and festive way to support the Society’s programs and services, which make a difference every day in the lives of people touched by cancer.  The 2016 event is proud to recognize its corporate partners that include the Addison Hines Charitable Trust, Braman Motorcars, Govic Capital, Mary Mahoney, Meat Market and Michael Dixon.

Gala sponsorship packages with prime seating are still available and start at $2,500.  A limited number of individual tickets will go on sale January 18, 2016.

For more information about the event please call Michelle Jaminet at 561 655 3449.

 

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After 10 Years, Plácido Domingo Returns to Miami

For over 50 years, Internationally acclaimed opera star Plácido Domingo made more than 3,600 appearances on stages around the world. He has sung a total of 147 different operatic roles and recorded over 100 albums for which he has won 14 Grammy  and Latin Grammy Awards. On January 28th, he is making his return to Miami American Airlines Arena after a decade-long hiatus. Domingo is preparing  a performance worth the wait featuring a selection of famous operatic highlights, Broadway hits and audience favorites such as “Granada” and “Bésame Mucho,” But it gets better… ‘
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Juanes, by Chris Duque

Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, better known as Juanes, Colombian musician, winner of three Latin Grammy Wards will be the opening act!

His hits include Un Día Normal,  whichwas released in 2002 and was later certified platinum in multiple countries throughout Latin America. Juanes’ third album, Mi Sangre (2004), which became an international bestseller, managing to position well in a number of countries around the world, achieved success due to the single “La Camisa Negra“. He has since released La Vida… Es Un Ratico (2007) and P.A.R.C.E. (2010). On May 29, 2012 Juanes released the album Juanes MTV Unplugged.

Back to the star performer:

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Here are some things you should know about Domingo before attending the performance:

  1. His full name is José Plácido Domingo Embil.
  2. He is from Spain.
  3. Domingo is recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera.
  4. He is a Tenor.
  5. A distinguished conductor who has led more than 500 performances with many of the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras.
  6. He regularly performs in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English and Russian.
  7. He has produced a pop album which sold almost 4 million copies – Perhaps Love

Click below for tickets to Plácido Domingo in Miami, produced by Emporio Group, with the collaboration of Elisa Wagner/ ICP

Plácido Domingo
AmericanAirlines Arena

Thursday, January 28, 2016
8pm

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SuperCar Week, The Destination for Auto Enthusiasts Around the World

 

The City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County Commissioners have officially proclaimed the second week of January as SuperCar Week. Needless to say, it is a big deal in South Florida and intends to become THE destination for auto enthusiasts around the world. This year the event will take place from January 2-10, 2016.

The 9-day event, celebrates the art and technology of speed and design featuring several fun and engaging events throughout Palm Beach County – from Boca Raton to Jupiter. The Grand Finale Sunday SuperCar SuperShow brings to life an auto enthusiast’s playground. The mile-long West Palm Beach Waterfront will feature fitting street names such SuperCar Street, Muscle Beach, Memory Lane, Green Street for Electrics, Corvette Court, Viper Blvd., ArtCar Ave., Marine Village for Off Shore PowerBoats, and the Race Village of Race Teams. Other events include SuperCar HorsePower exhibition, opening day of the International Polo Club season in Wellington, Florida, track events at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter.

For those on the more adventurous side, Village Commons will host a SuperCar event where guests can actually register to experience one of the featured hot wheels. This will only take place on Saturday Jan 9th from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m at Village Commons Shopping Center, located at 701-971 Village Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

SuperCar Week 2016

SuperCar Week 2016

Don’t forget to refuel at one of SuperCar Week and ICTV1 Network affiliate restaurants for a SuperCar Week Pit Stop from January 2-10, 2016 for a 2 for 1 happy hour. The key to this offer? Just say “SuperCar Week” to your bartender.

This year, over 75,000 are expected to attend the event. VIP tickets are limited. Contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach if you are interested in attending as a VIP guest.

For more information and to
PURCHASE TICKETS

www.supercarweek.com