Opera, Flowers..Plenty of Choices This Weekend

Two young people very much in love are about to tie the knot, but instead everything gets tied up in a confusing tangle, as the plot twists and turns in Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart’s “Marriage of Figarro.” Count Almaviva and Countess Rosina, residents of Seville Spain do not have an entirely satisfactory marriage. The Count has a wandering eye and wants to make love to Susanna a maid in his household who is about to be married to her true love, Figaro, the Count’s servant. Meanwhile, Cherubino the pageboy of the Countess is starting to fall in love with Rosina the Countess.
While it is all fine and well for the Count to chase after other women, it is not okay for his wife to take a lover. Together, Figaro, Susanna, and the Countess plan together to embarrass the Count. Pandemonium ensues in this classic tale being performed at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis by Annapolis Opera tonight and Sunday afternoon. Contact them at annapolisopera.org to see if tickets are still available. And if you didn’t get over to the International Philadelphia Flower Show there is still time this weekend and maybe you’ll see some familiar faces. After my Wednesday blog posting, I was contacted by Sarah Campbell asking me if perhaps I’d seen the Intrique Floral display booth. Melissa Huston, of Annapolis’s own Intrigue Floral Design, just completed her first solo showcase at the largest floral show in the world. Intrigue Design and Décor was one of six florists chosen to participate in the “Floral Showcase” section.

Melissa was also a member of the Schaffer Design Team, led by Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt. Schaffer Design’s display “An American in Paris” is the 2011 winner for Best in Show award along with the Emile H Geschick Memorial Award, and Society of American Florists Flower Show Award.

A new feature of the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show is the Floral Showcase. Melissa Huston, an Edgewater resident, represented Intrigue and the Annapolis region with her sculpted modern floral display. According to the Intrique news release, each designer was given access to supplies, a different set of flowers in their own color story, and three tall metal platforms. Melissa, embracing the challenge to create an interesting display, took her structures and stacked them on their sides to create an alternative view. Using purple, green, and blue flowers with wire accents – Melissa created a linear design using new materials provided by Smithers-Oasis Supply Company. Besides her creative use of wire and space, Melissa’s display has two unique features. First, she created composite flowers by gluing green button mums to the center of fuchsia gerbera daisies and the coolest feature of the display was how she used carnation calyx with the blooms removed as a flower. The texture creates a unique pave design, which has people guessing just what is that mystery flower.

Published by Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a communications professional who has over 10 years experience as a magazine editor. A writer and journalist, Maril is the author of several books including: "American Lighting 1840-1940", "Antique Lamp Buyer's Guide", "Me, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat", and "Runaway, Molly Midnight; the Artist's Cat". Her short stories and essays have been published in several small online journals including Lunch Ticket, Change Seven, Scarlet Leaf Review and Defunkt Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Former Editor-in-Chief of What's Up ? Publishing, former Editor of Chesapeake Taste Magazine a regional lifestyle magazine based in Annapolis, and former Lighting Editor of Victorian Homes Magazine, Maril has written hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles on a variety of subjects..

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