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PAGE 8 POST-GAZE'l-rE, JANUARY 29, 2016 :i!iiiiiiiii!i iiiiiiiiii!i!i by lngela Cornacchio 14 Skea ski and snow styles took to the Liberty Hotel runway recently to show the seasons must-have slope looks. {Photo by Angela Cornacchio) Socially Scene Reviewed ... Recently the Liberty Hotel got style started off for 2016 with their Fashionably Late presen- tation featuring Skea. Now that winter "is officially here and the ski resorts are open, it was up to Kathy Ben- harris and her production crew to showcase the coolest slope styles for the season. The current collection fo- cused on bright pink and tur- quoise pastels tied together with classic winter white. The Dynasty models flaunted the must-haves for your trip to the resort; fitted ski pants with matching jacket for the slopes; a cozy vest and mini-skirt for the lodge; and most every look was finished with fur. The design to top the runway show was a tiger print skin suit that is sure to grab attention on any slope! Boston's fashion community flocks out in support of Benhar- ris as her reputation for always putting on a quality show holds strong. In attendance for this edition of Fashionably Late was CEO of Skea, Diane Boyer, and former U.S. National team skier, Pam Fletcher. Socially Scene was able to catch up with Boyer and, when asked about her role in the company, she commented, "I took over the business from my parents in ~the 1990s and love what I do. Our tag line is 'Follow your passion to your dream.' I live everyday by those words and will continue to do so for myself and the Skea lifestyle." Skea, a family-owned busi- ness, was founded in 1972 and is based in Vail, CO. They are a ski and winter lifestyle brand for women, made by women. Their clothing line is meant to g~ve a stylish look to the ladies while hitting the slopes with the boys. You can view their cur- rent collection, blog, and even shop on their website at www. Winter Fenway Fun ... Red Sox talk has already begun, yet spring hasn't sprung and Fen- way Park will transform into a sports zone for winter athletes on February 11t~ and 12t~. Fenway Park will host a big air sn0wboarding and free-ski- ing U.S. Grand Prix tour event. "Polartec Big Air at Fenway" will feature a 140-foot high snow ramp, taller than the light towers at the ballpark, and will bring in athletes from around the world. As a U.S. Grand Prix event and part of the International Ski Federation's World Cup tour, Polartec Big Air at Fenway will include many of the top big air competitors, including Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Chr'istensen, slopestyle snowboarding Olympic cham- pion Sage Kotsenburg, and Olympian Ty Walker. You will have the opportunity to cheer on the world's best skiers and snowboarders. The event will feature big air snow- boarding and free-skiing like you have never seen before. The athletes of the U.S. Ski, Snowboarding, and Free-skiing teams push the limits every day to become the best in the world. Unlike competing coun- tries, the U.S. teams receive no government funding and rely on individuals and fans for their financial support. Boston, be a part of their journey as they go for the gold at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Come out and support our strongest as they hit the slope-style ramp at Fenway Park. For more information on this extraordinary event or to purchase your tickets, visit www. redsox, com/ bigair! Boston Wine Expo ... The Boston Wine Expo, benefitting Tufts Medical Center's Summer Camp Program for Children with Disabilities, will be toast- ing its 25th birthday this Presi- dent's Day weekend, February 13th and 14th, at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. Presented by the Boston Guild of Oenophilists, this silver anniversary edition of the Bos- ton Wine Expo will be one of the country's biggest celebrations of wine, food, and culture. This year's lineup includes wines from around the world, culinary tastings, reserve lounges and VIP experiences, interactive seminars, celebrity chef demon- strations, and features exclu- sive to the 25th anniversary, such as an educational wine bar hosted by local sommeliers and limited Silver Anniversary ticket experiences. A favorite highlight to the weekend will return: The Grand Tasting! It gives guests a global adventure in a glass. Whether your palate prefers a full-bodied Pinot Noir, buttery Chardonnay, an elegant Cabemet Sauvignon or a dry Pinot Grigio, the 25a Anniversary Boston Wine Expo will bring the biggest, boldest and best flavors from the vine to Boston. Featuring over 200 producers and nearly 1,800 wines from around the world, oenophiles will travel through the expansive space -- sans passport -- swirling and sip- ping their way to "connoisseur" status. In honor of its milestone birthday, the Boston Wine Expo will debut a wine bar where you can stop and ask members of the Boston Sommelier Society your wine-related questions as well as get a retrospective of the industries past 25 years and what to expect in the next 25 years. Along the way, there will be culi.nary attractions, including bites from popular area restaurants, as well as dueling Celebrity Chef Stages with appearances by Ming Tsai, Barbara Lynch, Chris Coombs and more. There also is the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines which will be The Boston Wine Expo will be back at the Seaport on February 13th and 14% (Photo by delivered to your doorstop with the click of a button through the Drync app. The Boston Wine Expo's Vint- ners' Reserve Lounge is the ideal setting for serious wine enthusiasts looking to sip their way through special vintages, as well as unique and small production wines. Located in the Seaport Hotel's Plaza Bail- room, the Vintners' Reserve Lounge gives guests a chance to spoil their taste-buds with these special gems, while enjoying tastings from the city's finest restaurants. New this year, you can indulge your sweet tooth at the 25t~ Anniversary Dessert Bar featuring delectable treats designed to pair perfectly with the Vintners' Reserve Lounge's wines. With crowds of thousands every day, the VIP Experience package allows guests to bypass the line forming along the Bou- levard of Flags and whisks you inside to the main event thirty minutes early. After availing yourself of the VIP coat-check, toast with some bubbly and get to exploring all that the Boston Wine Expo has to offer. Hit up the VIP Experience Lounge on the Grand Tasting floor to refuel and stock up on essentials like coffee, snacks and wine while lounging on plush sofas. When you're good and ready, depart with an upscale gift-bag filled with exclusive products. This exclusive anniversary package starts with your raising a glass with the Boston Guild of Oenophilists. After an intimate meet-and-greet with the group who founded the Boston Wine Expo in 1991, your ticket grants you access to the Grand Tasting on both Saturday and Sunday while sharpening your mind at three educational seminars. Silver Anniversary ticket hold- ers can also relax in the chic VIP Experience Lounge. The Boston Wine Expo's highly-regarded educational programs for both consumers and those in the trade feature top winemakers and industry experts. In honor of the 25th anniversary, this year's semi- nar program will be the biggest and best yet with over 40 topics ranging from food and wine pair- ings, "One Hour Wine Experts," and vertical tasting flights of the world's most sought-after wine producers. Over the years, the Expo has featured a block- buster line-up of wine celebrities including Dominique Lafon, Dr. Harvey Finkel, Dr. Michael Apstein, Francois Perrin, Joel Butler, Daniel Bruce, Joe Heitz and many more. As always, sipping at this event supports a special cause. The major charitable benefactor of the 25th Anniversary Boston Wine Expo is the Tufts Medical Center's Summer Camp Pro- gram for Children with Disabili- ties. To date, the Boston Guild of Oenophilists has raised over $1.4 million for worthy causes. If you still haven't booked your Valentine's Day plans, what better way than to snuggle up with your sweetie and take a tour with wines from around the world. The Seaport World Trade Center is located at 200 Seaport Boulevard in Boston. This event is reserved for ages 21-plus. Tickets are available by visiting A Tasty Treat ... Valentines Day is just around the corner, (Continued on Page 12) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWWJUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM