Held annually in early October, the Fall & Winter Classic is Koehler & Dramm’s biggest design show of the year! This is a two-day event that includes a trade fair featuring vendors and growers from all over the world, our Designer of the Year Competition and Student Exhibition, professional networking opportunities, and a full day of design education demonstrations and seminars that showcase the industry’s best and brightest, internationally recognized, expert designers and educators! Education sessions cover the season’s hottest trends, the latest and greatest in technique and design, and more.
The 2018 Fall & Winter Classic will be held on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, with advanced professional classes held on Monday, October 8th. Get tickets now!
Featuring guest designer Mandy Majerik AIFD PFCI, this year's main event on Sunday will cover a wide range of topics (including design tips and tricks, utilizing permanent botanicals, and how to snag corporate business), and designs for both the fall and winter seasons that are marketable, in demand, and most importantly, saleable(!) in our Midwest market.
On Saturday, we will be hosting dozens of international vendors at our trade fair, as well as two design presentations (including one on fall & winter weddings!), networking opportunities, and refreshments.
On Monday, Mandy will be teaching two class sessions on holiday designs. Seats for the classes fill VERY quickly, so get your tickets early!
Early bird and standard tickets cover admission to both days of the Classic for one low price!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
3:30 – Doors open; trade fair & Designer of the Year Competition viewing
4:30 – Randi Wielinski & Tiffany Hammond AIFD present PRACTICED PRECISION: A modern look into creating crisp and clean fall and winter designs for the home and office.
5:15 – Break
5:30 – Jessica Sommerhauser AIFD presents NORTHERN ENCHANTMENT: A design-driven and detail-focused take on creating floral romance for fall and winter weddings.
6:15 – Hors d’oeuvres and beverages served
7:30 – Event concludes
7:15 – Doors Open/Breakfast served
7:55 – Introduction
8:00 – Session I: FALL OUTDOORS - Decorating for private homes and businesses for the autumn season (includes planters, wreaths, door badges, and more!)
9:00 – Break
9:30 – Session II: THANKSGIVING REINVENTED - New twists on old favorites; salable options for all markets (includes cornucopias, centerpieces, new color twists, drieds, and salable vases.)
10:30 – Break
11:00 – Lunch
12:15 – Designer of the Year Competition Finalists Announcement & Wedding Design Competition Winner Announcement
12:30 – Session III: ROCKEFELLER HOLIDAZZLE - A mix of permanent and fresh designs that have all the glitz and glam to dazzle this holiday season (includes everyday designs with glitter and bling.)
1:30 – Break
2:00 – Session IV: POLAR EXPRESS - A tribute to all of our favorite winter classics with an emphasis on natural elements and the winter landscape (including designs featuring natural elements, inspired by Midwest winters.)
3:00 – Silent auction winner announcements, live auction, and prize drawing
Session 1: 8:00-11:00 AM
Session 2: 12:00-3:00 PM
Each student will have the opportunity to create two designs under Mandy's direction (see descriptions below.) Please only register for ONE class session - the syllabus is the same for both! We are limited to 20 seats per session, and they will fill quickly!
An upscale and modern take on an all-permanent botanical wreath. Stretch your design skills with this unconventional shape and collection of materials in a design that has the staying power to last all season!
Luscious Fall Nesting Arrangement
An on-trend fall centerpiece that takes autumn elegance to the next level! Multiple textures and design techniques will be featured during this modern design segment.
Past Classics have featured:
Francoise Weeks, Master Florist
Tim Farrell AIFD AAF PFCI
Deborah De La Flor AIFD PFCI
John Hosek AIFD PFCI CAFA CFD CF
Loann Burke AIFD CFD PFCI
Sharon McGukin AIFD CFD AAF PFCI
Dan Kotecki AIFD CFD
Jim Johnson AIFD AAF TMFA
Patience Pickner AIFD CFD PFCI SDCF