Sunday, April 01, 2001

Put flower show, Tartan festival on April calendar

By Maxine Berkman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Missed spring break? Wayfarers can cruise “2001 — A Gardening Odyssey” at the Cincinnati Flower Show and search for Brigadoon at the Spring Tartan Ceilidh.

        • The Cincinnati Horticultural Society's 12th annual Cincinnati Flower Show will run April 25-29 at Ault Park in Mount Lookout.

        Presented by Provident Bank, “2001 — A Gardening Odyssey” will be inspired by gardens throughout the world. Signature display: an interpretation of the Gardens at Marly Court outside Paris. The exhibit will include five gardens merging into one.

        An advanced guard of gilded gardeners will preview the exposition at a gala beginning with a 5:30 p.m. champagne reception April 24.

        Patrons can tilt flutes with such guests as Peter and Tina Frampton; Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and his wife, the former Miss America Heather French Henry; Royal Horticultural Society president Sir Simon Hornby and Rep. Rob and Jane Portman, and then explore floral exhibits interspersed with food stations and ice sculptures of woodland sprites by Chef's Choice Catering from Kroger.

        Co-chairwomen are former Kindervelt 50 presidents Linda Green, Marsha Haberer, Sharon Hoverson, Cynthia Muhlhauser,Karen Von Deylen and Judie Wipper.

        Cost: $150. Reservations: 872-5194. Deadline: April 20.

        Proceeds will benefit the Respite Garden for Sick Children at Children's Hospital Medical Center and society programs.

        • Follow the sound of the pipes and dance into the heart of the 12th annual Spring Tartan Ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee, Gaelic for gathering) and Highland dance competition. Staged by the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Scottish Society, the celebration of Cincinnati's Scottish heritage will be 6-11 p.m. Saturday at Old St. George, 42 Calhoun St., Corryville.

        A dance competition for solo performers of traditional Highland dance will begin at 9 a.m. at Old St. George.

        Entertainment will include the Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums, McGing Irish Dancers, Cincinnati Highland Dancers, Celtic harpist Nancy Clark, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club, Royal Scottish Country Dancers and wandering minstrels.

        Revelers can dance to Silver Arm, sip tea, sample Scotch whisky and traditional delicacies and stroll through a village of vendors.

        Cost: $12, $6 children under 12. Information: 367-7005. Competition cost: $3, children under 12 free. Information: 231-3555.

Eat, drink for charity
               Throughout April, you can Sip, Sip and Fill our Cup at the seventh annual Dining for CRI, a series of gustatory fund-raisers. On designated evenings, 15 Greater Cincinnati restaurants will donate a portion of their revenues to CRI.

        Founded in 1971 as Cincinnati Restoration Inc., CRI provides services for adults with severe mental illness.

        A sampling of restaurants: Chateau Pomije, Ferrari's Little Italy & Bakery in Madeira and Harper's Point, Iron Horse Inn, Nicola's Ristorante, Pacific Moon Cafe, the Phoenix Restaurant and Tandoor India Restaurant.

        Co-chairs are Mary and Vince Aug and Kathy and Joe Ganim.

        Schedule and information: 569-4720.

Auction to benefit the Mount
               Friends of the College of Mount St. Joseph will celebrate the new season at the 31st annual Mount Spring Jubilee scholarship banquet and auction beginning with a 6 p.m. reception Thursday at the Westin Hotel Cincinnati, downtown.

        Guests will be greeted by student hosts and jam to the music of the Student Jazz Ensemble. Alumnus Steve Kissing will introduce the keynote speaker and Mount senior Nick Jackson. Former Mount trustee Gerald Mussari will call bids during the auction.

        Co-chairs are Mary and Mike McGraw and Eva and Dave Anderson.

        Cost: $100. Reservations limited: 244-4871.

        Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. The Mount, a liberal arts college in Delhi Township, serves 2,300 students.

French ambassador honored
               The French-American Trade Council of Greater Cincinnati (FATC) will play host at a dinner honoring Francois Bujon de l'Estang, French ambassador to the United States, beginning with a 6 p.m. reception April 10 at the Omni Netherland Plaza, downtown.

        The gala will mark the beginning of FATC.

        New Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce president Michael Fisher will introduce Gerard Laviec, retiring president of CFM International, the General Electric Aircraft Engines-Snecma partnership. Mr. Laviec will receive a medal from the French government.

        Cost: $75 FATC members; $85 non-members. Reservations: 852-6510. Deadline: Thursday.

        FATC is an independent, nonprofit, service organization dedicated to the development of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and Greater Cincinnati. One of 20 FATC chapters, the Greater Cincinnati branch includes 30 local French-based companies.


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