Holiday Events, Special Rates Make Four Seasons Hotel Austin A Winter Value

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Austin is the heart and soul of Texas, with a dazzling array of talent that includes blues, jazz, folk and alternative rock musicians. Historic landmarks dotting the landscape include the State Capitol, University of Texas Tower and the Governor’s Mansion. A resort-like haven just steps from Austin’s central business and entertainment districts, Four Seasons Hotel Austin in downtown Austin (98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78701-4039 U.S.A) boasts an unrivaled setting on the banks of Lady Bird Lake. The Hotel offers 291 spacious hotel guest rooms, including 28 suites, all with exceptional views of the lake or Austin cityscape. TRIO at Four Seasons Hotel Austin offers fine dining in a contemporary atmosphere both relaxing and sophisticated, with a menu that is centered around steak, seafood; carefully chosen wines and a setting that is both metropolitan and scenic.four-seasons-hotel-austin-1

From a fairy tale Gingerbread Village that will light up the Lobby to a full lineup of festive events, the Four SeasonsHotel Austin is offering a veritable winter wonderland this holiday season for travelers looking to enjoy the capital city’s holiday charms.

And with special seasonal rates starting at USD 399 per night between November 18, 2016 and January 7, 2017, there’s never been a better time to visit. Below are just a few of the special offerings and dining events taking place at the Hotel in the coming months:

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Synonymous with food and family, Thanksgiving at Four Seasons Hotel Austin is an experience visitors of all ages will enjoy – and not just because someone else handles the clean-up! Executive Chef Elmar Prambs and his team outdo themselves each year with a buffet spread that incorporates traditional favorites along with holiday fare.

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Ballroom (until 8:00 pm in TRIO)

Price: Ballroom, USD 90 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for adults; USD 35 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for children ages 6-11; TRIO – USD 90 plus tax for adults; USD 35 plus tax for children ages 6-11

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Teddy Bear Teas in the Lobby Lounge Traditional tea service, caroling and a fireside reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa make the Hotel’s Teddy Bear Teas in the Lobby Lounge a popular activity year after year. Children attending a Teddy Bear Tea are asked to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear as a donation for Dell Children’s Hospital.teddy-bear-tea

Dates: November 26 and 27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2016 with seatings offered at 12:00 noon or 3:00 pm

Price: USD 45 plus tax for adults and USD 30 plus tax for children ages 11 and under

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Gingerbread Village Open Houses – A beloved tradition, the Hotel’s annual Open Houses officially kick-off the holiday season by inviting locals and visitors to ooh and aah over the Gingerbread Village in the Lobby, all while enjoying complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies. The talented pastry chefs who created the houses – along with special guest Santa – will also be on hand for photo opportunities and to answer questions about this year’s “Fairy Tales”-themed Village, which will be on display from November 21 through December 25, 2016.aus_611_aspect16x9

Dates: November 28 and 29, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Price: Complimentary and open to the public

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Christmas Day Buffet – Already the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is even more memorable when enjoyed at Austin’s Four Seasons. TRIO and Ballroom guests will feast on more than 80 dishes prepared by the Hotel’s award-winning culinary team, with live piano music adding to the festive ambiance in the Ballroom.sew_541_aspect16x9

Date: Sunday, December 25 2016 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Ballroom (until 8:00 pm in TRIO)

Price: Ballroom – USD 90 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for adults; USD 35 plus tax and 18 percent gratuity for children ages 6-11; TRIO – USD 90 plus tax for adults; USD 35 plus tax for children ages 6-11

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Neiman Marcus Presents The 90th Edition Of Its Iconic Christmas Book

 

Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts Include a Walk-On Role in the Broadway Musical Waitress

Exclusive Grammy Awards Experience, Private Quarterback Camp with Joe Montana and His and Hers Neiman Marcus Island Cars Featuring Lilly Pulitzer

 

The 2016 Christmas Book was unveiled today by luxury omni-channel retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 90th edition of this legendary book continues Neiman Marcus’ unmatched tradition of offering a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even the wildest of dreams come true.neiman-marcus Logo

The arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetites, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including A Week at Three English Estates Experience, Slumber Party at the Neiman Marcus Flagship and Cobalt Valkyrie-X Private Plane in rose gold. This year’s featured car is an INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition. The “His & Hers” fantasy gift comes to life as the Neiman Marcus Island Cars Featuring Lilly Pulitzer.neiman-marcus-christmas-book-cover-2016

We are thrilled to present the 2016 fantasy gifts. Our team has scoured and vetted hundreds of one-of-a-kind items resulting in this highly curated collection of 12 items and experiences,” said Jim Gold, President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus. “It is our goal to bring dreams to life!

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

Each year, the Christmas Book features specially commissioned artwork and the covers are as anticipated as the contents. “With the goal of bringing a fashion component to the cover of the Christmas Book, we combined custom artwork by Maija Louekari with the beautiful face of Lindsey Wixson to create a final image photographed by Walter Chin. And, to add that bit of fantasy that Neiman Marcus is famous for, the lenticular printing animates Lindsey winking,” said Georgia Christensen, Vice President, Brand Creative Director of Neiman Marcus. This year represents only the second time a unique element has been used to animate the cover. In 1999, a Christmas tree glistened with butterflies thanks to a lenticular onset.

As in previous years, Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from the majority of fantasy gifts to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide. Donations will be made to the GRAMMY Foundation with the purchase of the Exclusive GRAMMY Awards Experience and to Akola Project with the purchase of the Optimist Akola Bracelet.

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The Love to Give Collection, also featured in the 2016 Christmas Book, includes over 40 perfectly priced items for gift giving. Each Neiman Marcus store gives ten percent of the proceeds to benefit youth arts education in Neiman Marcus communities across the country. An additional $50,000 from online sales goes to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Vendors participating in the Neiman Marcus Love to Give Collection include, but are not limited to, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent beauty, Fresh, Lumio, Sugarfina, and Kate Spade. Prices range from $10 – $200.

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Hip stocking stuffers, cool hostess gifts and unexpected treats can be found in the Fun to Give Collection, also featured in the 2016 Christmas Book. These imaginative, easy to buy items (starting at just $5) are truly fun to give.

The fantasy gifts included in the 2016 Christmas Book include:

WALK-ON ROLE IN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL WAITRESS

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WALK-ON ROLE IN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL WAITRESS

Perfect for the star in your life searching for their spotlight, one lucky recipient will receive a walk-on role in Broadway’s tastiest musical, Waitress, starring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller and directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. With music and lyrics by five-time GRAMMY Award nominee Sara Bareilles, the gift comes with four premium show tickets, a meet-and-greet with the Waitress cast, and a Waitress-themed pie-making lesson with the show’s pie consultant.

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The gift comes with four premium show tickets, a meet-and-greet with the Waitress cast, and a Waitress-themed pie-making lesson with the show’s pie consultant.

With the purchase of the Broadway musical Waitress walk-on role, Neiman Marcus will donate $22,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one customer. ($30,000; page 120)

CURATED COLLECTION OF 36 CALDECOTT MEDAL-WINNING CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Send someone on a charming editorial exploration with a curated collection of 36 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books. Perfect for children of any age, the books within this once-in-a-lifetime library span over almost 80 years and have each been bestowed the Caldecott Medal, given annually since 1938 to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children” as voted by the Association for Library Service to Children. Either first editions or early printings, all in original dust jackets, the collection has been gathered by two of New England’s finest book sellers, Johnnycake Books and E.M. Maurice Books.

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CURATED COLLECTION OF 36 CALDECOTT MEDAL-WINNING CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The 36 Titles Included in the Caldecott Medal-winning Children’s Book Collection Fantasy Gift:

  • 2015: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrator Dan Santat
  • 2014: Locomotive, illustrator Brian Floca
  • 2013: This Is Not My Hat, illustrator Jon Klassen
  • 2012: A Ball for Daisy, illustrator Chris Raschka
  • 2009: The House in the Night, illustrator Beth Krommes
  • 2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, illustrator Brian Selznick
  • 2007: Flotsam, illustrator David Wiesner
  • 2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrator Chris Raschka
  • 2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon, illustrator Kevin Henkes
  • 2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, illustrator Mordicai Gerstein
  • 2003: My Friend Rabbit, illustrator Eric Rohmann
  • 1999: Snowflake Bentley, illustrator Mary Azarian
  • 1998: Rapunzel, illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky
  • 1992: Tuesday, illustrator David Wiesner
  • 1991: Black and White, illustrator David Macaulay
  • 1986: The Polar Express, illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
  • 1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrator Trina Schart Hyman
  • 1982: Jumanji, illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
  • 1981: Fables, illustrator Arnold Lobel
  • 1978: Noah’s Ark, illustrator Peter Spier
  • 1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, illustrators Diane and Leo Dillon
  • 1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrator Margot Zemach
  • 1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrator Blair Lent
  • 1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrator Ed Emberley
  • 1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine, illustrator Evaline Ness
  • 1964: Where the Wild Things Are, illustrator Maurice Sendak
  • 1963: The Snowy Day, illustrator Ezra Jack Keats
  • 1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrator Barbara Cooney
  • 1954: Madeline’s Rescue, illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans
  • 1951: The Egg Tree, illustrator Katherine Milhous
  • 1944: Many Moons, illustrator Louis Slobodkin
  • 1942: Make Way for Ducklings, illustrator Robert McCloskey
  • 1941: They Were Strong and Good, illustrator Robert Lawson
  • 1940: Abraham Lincoln, illustrators Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • 1939: Mei Li, illustrator Thomas Handforth

With the purchase of the curated collection of 36 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one customer. Caldecott is a registered trademark of American Library Association, which does not sponsor or endorse this gift, Neiman Marcus, Johnnycake Books, or E.M. Maurice Books. ($100,000; page 122) Continue reading

September is California Wine Month. Where Will You Be?

Raise a Glass to Harvest at More than 50 Winery Events Around the State

September is the time when California’s wine grape harvest is in full swing and the perfect time to experience the annual harvest season first hand. Visitors can experience the excitement of harvest during California Wine Month in September with more than 50 winery events and immersion experiences—from wine festivals and winemaking classes to winemaker dinners, VIP tastings and tours happening around the state.

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A California Wine Month poster featuring the state’s wine regions and 138 American Viticultural Areas can be ordered at: www.discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth or by emailing communications@wineinstitute.org . (PRNewsFoto/Wine Institute)

This September marks the 12th annual California Wine Month, created by the Wine Institute to honor America’s top wine-producing state. “The celebration recognizes the contributions of vintners and growers to our state economy, culture and lifestyle,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute. “With an economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state economy and $114.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy, California wine is an important economic engine for our state and our nation. Our scenic wine regions draw visitors worldwide to enjoy California’s great wine, cuisine and attractions.

Here’s a complete listing by region of all the events. Visit discovercaliforniawines.com to view events by date and order a map of California wine regions and their 138 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). For great California wine and food road trip ideas click here. Event highlights include:

North Coast

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sept. 2-4 over Labor Day weekend has been named one of the “10 Best Wine & Food Events in the U.S.” As Sonoma County’s largest charity event, it brings together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs. For three delicious, decadent days, guests can enjoy the Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch, as well as a wine auction, seminars, cooking demonstrations, vineyard tours and multiple winery parties.

Mendocino’s Annual Winesong Charity Auction & Tasting, Sept. 9-10 begins with a Pinot Noir Celebration on Sept. 9 with 25 wineries paired with culinary offerings, overlooking the ocean at Little River Inn. On Sept. 10, guests can stroll through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens at the Winesong Food & Wine Tasting, enjoying regional vintages, 50 food purveyors and music groups.

Lake County Wine Auction, Sept.17 at Cache Creek Vineyards in Clearlake Oaks. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and dancing under the stars while mingling with the county’s star winemakers.

2016 Sonoma Valley Crush, Sept. 16-18, where wine lovers can get their grape on. For three days, wineries will be offering a variety of harvest activities including grape sampling in the vineyards, crush pad tours, samples of just-pressed juice and grapes picked fresh off the vine. Guests can sip wine while it’s fermenting and chat with artisan winemakers about harvest.

Calistoga Wine Experience, Sept. 10 – Napa Valley boasts many fantastic events and immersion experiences, from barn bashes and winemaker tours to harvest balls. On Sept. 10, the Calistoga Wine Experience combines all the best features of Calistoga: delicious wines, culinary offerings and a spectacular harvest setting. Guests will taste wines from more than 35 Calistoga wineries, meet the owners and winemakers, enjoy appetizers and live jazz music.

Inland Valleys

Madera Wine Trail’s California Wine Month Celebration, Sept. 16 – Head to the beautiful Madera County foothills Sept. 16 for the Madera Wine Trail’s California Wine Month Celebration. This delectable event will offer wine tasting from local wineries, food by a variety of local restaurants and live music. The Madera Vintners Association will also honor and award partners and associates that have influenced the local wine industry, the MVA and its winery members.

Lodi Grape Festival, Sept. 15-18, check out the lively Lodi Grape Festival for music, food, wine and even a circus! Sept. 16 join the festival’s Wine Cellar tasting experience where nine local wineries will be showcasing a variety of wines from floral Pinot Grigios to the region’s renowned peppery Zinfandels. Continue reading

Grandin Road To Debut Seasonal Halloween Décor Pop Up Store At Macy’s Herald Square NYC

In September, Grandin Road, the popular direct retailer of home furnishings and décor, known for its warm, colorful styling will take its first step into experience-driven retail through an innovative collaboration with Macy’s Herald Square in New York City to bring an exciting seasonal retail pop up store to life.747653

The 1,400 square foot pop-up will be Macy’s first Halloween concept shop, immediately greeting consumers as they enter the department store’s 7th Avenue entrance. Launching in early-September, the Halloween At Macy’s Herald Square pop-up experience starts outside, with two retail windows and continues inside with four sophisticated vignettes: “Frightfully Fun,” “Bewitching,” “Halloween Glam” and “Macabre and Mystical“.

Our customers love this time of year at Grandin Road. Every Halloween gets more spooktacular than the last!” said Jennifer Reeves, Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing at Grandin Road. “And we are looking forward to collaborating with Macy’s to bring the full brand experience to life. The invitation – with a wink – to customers is, ‘Enter if you dare!’

Macy’s Herald Square is an iconic choice for the site of the pop-up store. Millions of customers flow through Macy’s flagship store each year, and its storied history of bringing seasonal celebrations to life has made the location a central character in the great story of American Retail.macyslogo

Macy’s is known and loved for its place in bringing the holidays to life for customers across the country, and the new Halloween At Macy’s Herald Square was designed with that tradition in mind,” said Shawn Outler, Senior Vice President of Leased Businesses for Macy’s. “This partnership and pop-up shop will provide customers at our iconic New York flagship store an exciting experience they can’t get anywhere else.”

For Grandin Road, the move is a natural step in its strategy to expand the consumer experience beyond the catalog and website. The collaboration is a progression into an inspirational, fully styled space, leveraging a collection that is, without a doubt, a Grandin Road “fan favorite”.

The success of the Halloween line has built steadily for over a decade at Grandin Road, with the brand’s clever and aspirational designs striking a chord with a specialty consumer market that is growing dramatically. Once a single day of costumes and trick-or-treating, Halloween has expanded to a full season of ghoulish fun and spooky fantasy that everyone enjoys – kids, adults, friends and family – that includes parties and home entertaining.

Indeed, in 2015 Americans spent $6.9 billion celebrating Halloween, and $1.9 billion of that was on decorations, according to the National Retail Federation. Last year, 49 million Americans were predicted to attend or host a Halloween party. Continue reading

Nordstrom’s Annual Anniversary Sale Is On #NSALE

Shop For Brand New Arrivals At Super-Sale Prices During Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on! This is the fashion specialty retailer’s biggest event of the year, featuring brand new arrivals at super-sale prices for a limited time – prices go back up on August 8.jessica-alba-anniversary-sale-picks-8-HR

Buy Now, Wear Now

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Anniversary Sale stocks more than fall essentials like coats and boots. You’ll also find summer and pre-fall styles perfect for buy now, wear now wardrobe updates, or transitional staples to wear into the next season.nordstrom-anniversary-sale-ootd-campaign-6-HR

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This year, Anniversary Sale debuts some new brands to the event, including Alexander Wang (clothing, accessories and shoes), Alex and Ani, Allsaints (handbags), rag & bone (handbags and accessories), Marc Jacobs (handbags), Current/Elliott, Madewell, Illesteva, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Alice + Olivia, Mara Hoffman, The Honest Company, Peek and Burberry (kids), among others.nordstrom-anniversary-sale-ootd-campaign-7-HR

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Don’t Miss These Makeup Must-Haves

When it comes to beauty and fragrance at #NSALE, you’ll find limited-edition beauty items at incredible values available only during the sale. There are over 300 beauty and fragrance exclusives – brand favorites include: Charlotte Tilbury, Jo Malone, Kiehl’s Since 1851, MAC and more. And while you’re at it, Nordstrom offers samples of almost any beauty product in store, every day, not just during the sale. Just ask for a sample!

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Announces Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ph.D. Will Receive the 2016 Lincoln Leadership Prize

World-Renowned Presidential Historian And Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author’s Epic Tome Team Of Rivals Was The Winner Of The Lincoln Prize And The Inaugural Book Prize For American History.Jubilee

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF) will award its prestigious Lincoln Leadership Prize to Doris Kearns Goodwin, the world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Goodwin is the first historian to receive the coveted Prize and receives it in the ALPLF’s 16th Jubilee – 2016 in which it commemorates 16 years of protecting, preserving and advancing the legacy of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation Announces world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ph.D. Will Receive the 2016 Lincoln Leadership Prize (PRNewsFoto/Abraham Lincoln Presidential Li)

The Lincoln Leadership Prize is an annual award that recognizes outstanding individuals for a lifetime of service in the spirit of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln and honors individuals who manifest great strength of character, individual conscience and unwavering commitment to the defining principles of democracy. Since 2006, the ALPLF has awarded the Prize to nine prestigious individuals who work tirelessly in the Lincoln tradition. Previous honorees include Civil Rights Activists The Little Rock Nine, Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton, former Polish President Lech Walesa, Journalist Tim Russert, Astronaut James Lovell, Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.lncoln-seal-signature

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation supports the collections and the educational and cultural programming of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; fosters Lincoln scholarship through the acquisition and publication of documentary materials relating to Lincoln and his era; and promotes a greater appreciation of history through exhibits, conferences, publications, online services, and other activities designed to promote historical literacy.

Goodwin authored “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” which served in-part as the basis of 2015 Lincoln Leadership Prize recipient Steven Spielberg‘s major motion picture “Lincoln.” She has been an advocate for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from its inception more than 10 years ago and serves as a founding Life Member of the Abraham Lincoln images.duckduckgo.comPresidential Library Foundation Board. Among her many honors and awards, Goodwin is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History, as well as the Charles Frankel Prize, given by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, New England Book Award, Carl Sandburg Literary Award and Ohioana Book Award.

I am honored to accept this award celebrating the leadership legacy of President Abraham Lincoln,” said Goodwin. “For me, no privilege has been greater than the opportunity to spend 10 years of my life living with Abraham Lincoln as I researched and wrote ‘Team of Rivals.’ I came to know, understand and admire Lincoln for his political genius and leadership along with his humanity, generosity of spirit, social conscience and sense of humor. Now, more than two centuries after his birth, we can say with absolute certainty that the ambition that powered Lincoln from his earliest days – the desire to establish an admirable reputation on earth so that his story could be told after he died – has been realized far beyond his fondest wishes.”

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner will present the Lincoln Leadership Prize to Goodwin the evening of Friday, May 13, during a gala event at the Hilton Chicago. Kushner wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was based in-part on Goodwin’s book. Kushner also wrote screenplays for Mike Nichols‘ film of his award-winning two-part play, “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Parts One and Two” and Spielberg’s “Munich.” Additionally, Kushner is known for his plays, “A Bright Room Called Day;” and the abovementioned “Angels in America,” and his musical, “Caroline, or Change.”

The annual event serves as the primary fundraiser for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation for the benefit of the Museum and Library, which is not a part of the National Archives Records Administration‘s federal system of presidential libraries.

It has been my pleasure to learn from Doris Kearns Goodwin as we strive to preserve Lincoln’s legacy here in the Land of Lincoln,” said Dr. Carla Knorowski, Chief Executive Officer, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. “Presidential libraries are repositories of historic information, artifacts and documents for our nation’s posterity. It is important that we all take on this mantle to study, celebrate and bring history to life so people understand and learn from it. We are grateful for Goodwin’s commitment and passion to telling Abraham Lincoln’s story, the story of the American presidency and stories about other leaders in our treasured history. We are so pleased to honor her. She is most deserving of the Prize. And, we are looking forward to seeing Kushner and Goodwin together, since they were instrumental in bringing Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ to life on the big screen.”

For more information about the Lincoln Leadership Prize please visit www.alplm.org. For tickets and/or table sponsorship information please call 312/553-2000.

The House of Emanuel Ungaro Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With the Launch of a new feminine fragrance, La Diva

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the iconic brand the House of Emanuel Ungaro, the Maison hosted a stellar group of celebrities and press from the fashion world (in town for the Spring 2016 Paris Haute Couture shows) to celebrate the launch of its new perfume “La Diva” at the famous Petit Palais (at Versailles) in Paris.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 26: Atmosphere at the Launch party of the New Fragrance ‘La Diva’ And 50th Anniversary of Emanuel Ungaro at Le Petit Palais on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/[SOURCE CREDIT for Emanuel Ungaro)

Fausto Puglisi, the Creative Director of the House, along with its President, Asim Abdullah, welcomed 600 guests to a party, with entertainment including a exhibition of the brand in images, from haute couture to prêt-à-porter, choreographed and created by Ali Mahdavi to an original score created by Monarchy.

Michele Norsa, CEO of the Salvatore Ferragamo Group, introduce the new elegant and voluptuous fragrance “La Diva” (licensed to Ferragamo Parfums) via a spectacular 3D projection on the facade of the Petit Palais, with the model Charlotte Free as the new face of the perfume .

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PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 26: Atmosphere at the Launch party of the New Fragrance ‘La Diva’ And 50th Anniversary of Emanuel Ungaro at Le Petit Palais on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/[SOURCE CREDIT for Emanuel Ungaro)

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PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 26: Atmosphere at the Launch party of the New Fragrance ‘La Diva’ And 50th Anniversary of Emanuel Ungaro at Le Petit Palais on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/[SOURCE CREDIT for Emanuel Ungaro)

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