Worth Avenue Celebrates Affinity for Fine Italian Goods with Inaugural Italian Week Palm Beach


Scott Schoenen, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches
561-233-3030, sschoenen@palmbeachfl.com

Malcolm Griffiths, Vice President
Development Counsellors International
212-444-7112, malcolm.griffiths@aboutdci.com  

Worth Avenue Celebrates Affinity for Fine Italian Goods with Inaugural Italian Week Palm Beach
Feb. 22-27, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2015) - The Palm Beaches' famed Worth Avenue shopping district will celebrate its affinity for fine Italian products, fashion, art and food during the inaugural Italian Week Palm Beach. This six-day event runs from Feb. 22-Feb. 27, featuring seven ticketed signature events, paired with three public events.

The festivities kick off Sunday, Feb. 22 on the 300 block of Worth Avenue with a "Celebration of the Arts" brunch. This ticketed event features a performance by Broadway actor and Florida native Norm Lewis. Lewis, a Tony Award nominee, performed for a national audience during the most recent New Year's Eve broadcast of "Live from Lincoln Center" on PBS.

The opening event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person and benefit the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The center, located in New York City, is a world-renowned campus and performance center that supports a variety of fine arts and arts education.

On Monday, Feb. 23, enjoy a "Taste of Italy" at 150 Worth Avenue with an evening of Italian bites and cocktails while the boutiques highlight Italian designers in a unique fashion presentation on Palm Beach's famed luxury shopping precinct. The "Taste of Italy" event takes place from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, benefitting the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

During the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 24, accomplished tenor Carlos De Antonis will headline Opera Night at Via Amore - 256 Worth Avenue. It will be an evening of Opera e Aperitivi with fine Italian wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres, plus a surprise gift for each guest. Hours are 7-9 p.m. and tickets are $75 per person, benefitting Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of The Palm Beaches.

Il Circolo is also the beneficiary of the yacht hop event on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Palm Harbor Marina, where mega yachts will host Italian designers and restaurateurs, while guests stroll through Palm Harbor Marina decked out with a unique Italian flair. Hours are 6- 9 p.m., and tickets are $200 per person.

Golf aficionados can join the festivities on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Golfino Italian Open takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at Palm Beach's Raymond Floyd-designed Par 3 Golf Course. The course is bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by the Intracoastal Waterway, and has been named among Golf Digest's 50 Most Fun Courses in America. Entry fee is $100 per person, benefitting Il Circolo.

Also on Feb. 26, by invitation only, enjoy a "Celebration of Italy" that includes a meet-and-greet with Andrea Artioli - shoe craftsman to Pope Francis. The Artioli family takes great pride and passion in creating unique footwear and leather goods. The celebration takes place from 5-7 p.m. at Maus & Hoffman at 312 Worth Avenue.

The festivities conclude on Friday, Feb. 27 with the Italian Week Grand Finale at Palm Beach Yacht Basin. Guests will board the Motor Yacht Lady Kathryn V for opera, musical performances and cocktails. The finale is set for 6-9 p.m., with a suggested donation of $400. The evening benefits both the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Il Circolo. Advanced reservations are required by contacting the Worth Avenue Association at info@worth-avenue.com  or 561-659-6909.

The three open events during this week-long celebration of all things Italian include:
• The Dea Italian Luxury Linens "Trunk Show" on Feb. 24 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
• A cocktail reception at Hamilton Jewelers to present the newest collection of Italian jewelry from Chantecler on Feb. 26 (6- 8 p.m.)
• The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, featuring 100 national and contemporary craft artists, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center
Italian Week Palm Beach is a project of the Worth Avenue Association and the Fashion Doctors with proceeds benefitting both Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, and Lincoln Center Arts Programs.

For more information on Italian Week Palm Beach, visit www.ItalianWeekPalmBeach.com . For more information on the Worth Avenue Association, visit www.worth-avenue.com .

Information on The Palm Beaches and accommodations can be found online at www.PalmBeachFL.com .

About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $34 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting more than 60,000 jobs.

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The Palm Beaches will be celebrating all things Italy during its 1st Italian Week Palm Beach. Be sure to join the festivities taking place in the region's famed Worth Avenue shopping district Feb. 22 - Feb. 27.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.ItalianWeekPalmBeach.com .


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