Philadelphia’s Flower Show is coming up where this year’s theme is “Holland: Flowering the World.” The flower show is the world’s oldest and largest indoor event of its kind. Every year thousands of people come to Philadelphia to enjoy the beautiful floral artwork. The event starts March 11th and lasts one week at the Convention Center in Center City.
If you want to know more or book your tickets you can find more information here
One week later Macy’s, in Center City has their annual flower show where they transform the Grand Court into a beautiful garden with colorful flowers, blooming trees and luxurious greenery. Just like Philadelphia’s Flower Show event Macy´s also has different theme for each year where this year´s theme is “America the Beautiful.” The event is free and you can enjoy it from March 20th to April 3rd.


On Friday March 17th it’s time to dress up in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This is a day to remember St Patrick, an Irish patron saint who actually was born in Britain and then kidnapped by Irish pirates back in 400 A.D.
This day is celebrated around the U.S. with large street parades, green colored rivers and special St. Patrick’s meals and drinks. In Philadelphia the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday March 12th from 12 pm to 3 pm. The parade will go through Center City, past City Hall, and continue along Market Street all the way down to Penn’s Landing and the Delaware River. The theme for this year’s St Patrick’s parade is ‘St. Patrick, Protector and guide of our Police Officers.”


March 12th, 2017- Daylight Saving time
On Sunday at 2.00 am is it time to turn your clock forward one hour. 
Beatrice von Schilcher from SACC-Philadelphia had the opportunity to meet with John Holmström at Club Quarters hotel in the heart of Philadelphia. John Holmström grew up with a dream to run a hotel one day. Today he is the hotel manager of Club Quarters hotel.
Can you please tell me a bit about you and Club Quarters hotel?
I was born and raised in Sweden and came to the US to study hotel administration at Cornell University. After college I got a internship visa and was hired by Holiday Inn. I ended up in Philadelphia in 1998. I really liked the city and have been fortunate enough to work in hotels in the Philadelphia area ever since. I joined the Club Quarters organization in October of last year.
Club Quarters is a membership-based hotel group that operates in seven major cities in the United States, as well as in London. The hotel in Philadelphia is located at 1628 Chestnut and has 275 rooms catering to a lot of international travelers. The award winning restaurant, Davio’s is also located in the hotel building and manages the room service and banquet operations for the hotel.
How long have you been in the hotel business?
After high school I did the mandatory military service in Sweden. After that I told my parents I wanted to study hotel administration. They thought I should try it out first since it’s not the same to stay in a hotel as a guest as to work in one. I therefore started working in Stockholm, first a year at hotel Oden and then a summer at hotel Sergel Plaza. After that I moved to the U.S. to follow my dream.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?
I think Philadelphia is a great and unique city with a lot to offer, from culture to sports, art and history. One of my favorite things to do in Philadelphia is to visit the American-Swedish History Museum during one of their many events. I also enjoy the Barnes Foundation and the Orchestra. I still enjoy seeing the Phillies play, even if they have struggled the last few years. I also like the city's proximity to so many other things in the surrounding areas. I especially enjoy going down to the shore in South Jersey during the summertime.

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