J talked his friends Jim and Kebbie into helping him design and set up three tables at the Picnic with the Partners at the AIFD National Symposium in Washington D.C. over the 4th of July.

Jim DelPrince, J and Kebbie Hollingsworth along with Masa Yamazaki from Acolyte, one of the partner tables that they set up.


At left, the Acolyte presentation takes advantage of the table format by utilizing Acolyte products to give a new twist to traditional tablesettings. At right, the FloraCraft table showcases their Artesia and Styrofoam product offerings (and also utilizes some Acolyte product for added interest).

Another side to the FloraCraft table. At right, Amy's Orchids table - which took the award for the best table at the event. Amy's amazing product combined with a fun appropriate concept made for a GORGEOUS display.

Since the work was finished, it was time to catch up with friends. J greets Bobbi Ecker, before attending a special dinner compliments fo FloraCraft. Norma Chapman, from Dow, and Bobbi create some fun on the ride to the restaurant.

At Filomina's, an eclectic mix of items decorated every inch of the dining room. See what you missed, Trina?


Norma and Kebbie share a laugh. Above, the grape vine chandelier is a show stopper.

Norma, Bobbi, Kebbie, J, Beth Ann Morsman - from FloraCraft - and their host at Filomina's.

A sparkler adorns the dessert celebrating FloraCraft's 60th anniversary and the 4th of July. Happy 220 America!! At right: More fun on the car ride home! Special Thanks to Beth Ann for arranging such a wonderful meal and a great time.

The staff at the Russia House prepares to greet fun-seeking flower folks.

And they are not disappointed... Kebbie's friends Robert, Jimmy and Jim (center image) had a round or two with her, while J greets Claire Wong Kang with a hug and kiss.

Premier DJ/Florist Alex Torres, J and Bobbi. At right J catches up with 'little sister,' Julie Poeltler.


A trio of JTV supporters show off their wares. Schwanke's Angels are from Left to right: the pretty one, Ron Mulray, the brainy one, Chris Mulray and the athletic one, Michael Hascoe. Check out JTV for yourself - visit www.jtv4u.com today!

More fun is had as the evening progresses, right Treen?


We're not kidding - that's The Legend - Colonel Richard Seaboldt making the rounds!

J with Bert Ford - who is one of the designers for the new Wedding Book coming form John Henry in January 2007. At right - Treadaway Scholrship winner Kevin from Fargo.

At right, Corey and his partner Jay celebrate Corey's test completion for AIFD - Whew!!

And it seems we may have left Bobbi back at the Filomina's - or is she back home safe and sound in her living room? Sometimes it's hard to know. But we DO know that we need to Congatulate Bobbi on becoming an AIFD Fellow. Well done and well deserved after all of the countless hours and effort Bobbi has dedicated to AIFD. What an honor!