Santa Monica's First-Ever "Spring Jubilee Celebrates BritWeek" A Success

Monday, 6 May 2013, 9:07:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Santa Monica's 'Spring Jubilee Celebrates BritWeek' was held over the weekend on the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place.
Photo by Zach Lipp
Santa Monica's 'Spring Jubilee Celebrates BritWeek' was held over the weekend on the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place.

Santa Monica's first-ever "Spring Jubilee Celebrates BritWeek," a

two-day festival held on Third Street Promenade and at Santa Monica

Place this past weekend, was a huge success.

Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. and Santa Monica Place partnered with BritWeek to present the festival.

The weekend featured a collection of

environmentally-focused vendors, gardens designed by leading landscape

architects and designers, live entertainment, speakers and

demonstrations, all with a distinctly British flair.  

The event spanned three blocks along the Third Street Promenade from Wilshire to

Broadway, with the main performance stage located in Santa Monica Place.

“This was community-wide event which showcased the best in spring

flora, fashion and fun; and through our partnership with BritWeek, we

celebrated British culture with a variety of special events and

experiences,” said Debbie Lee, Vice President of Downtown Santa Monica,


BritWeek kicked off the festivities by hosting an exclusive Downton

Abbey Vintage Party on Friday, May 3 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &

Bungalows in Santa Monica,that honored Executive Producer, Gareth Neame

and cast member Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley).  

The weekend continued with a live concert, “The Beatles’ Abbey Road Complete—And More.”

Music industry legend Peter Asher played a selection of Peter &

Gordon hits and hosted a special performance of The Beatles’ classic

Abbey Road album.

Asher introduced Denny Laine, co-founder of the Moody Blues and

Wings, and Terry Sylvester of the Hollies as Denny, Terry and band

played the Abbey Road album start to finish on Saturday, May 4 at Santa

Monica Place’s Center Plaza.

The Spring Jubilee featured British brand sponsors including luxury

car maker Jaguar who offered a sneak peek of their new F-Type,

mini-makeovers by Boots, Cunard Cruises give-a-ways, celebrity wax

figures and photo booth by Madame Tussauds.  

British biscuit company Walker’s Shortbread, hosted a doggie red

carpet with doggie adoptions from Santa Monica-based rescue

organization, Take Me Home.

“BritWeek was thrilled to have partnered with Downtown Santa Monica

in presenting the first-ever Spring Jubilee,” said Sharon Harroun

Pierce, Director of BritWeek.

In addition, Chef Lisa Fontenesi from The Jamie Oliver Food

Foundation taught kids about the importance of nutrition, local urban

beekeepers Honey Love discussed the bee’s vital role in ecology,

Conscious Living Landscapes focused on the healing power of plants, and

others were featured in the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation Outdoor


A variety of local vendors offered eco-friendly goods and services on

each block of the Promenade. 

Participating Spring Jubilee vendors

included Alter Eco, providing gourmet chocolates; A Spot of Tea, selling

tea and tea products; Bohemian Rags, with fun spring clothing;

Conscious Living Jewelry, who showcased plant-based jewelry; herbs and

plants by It Began in the Garden; the newest bikes and bike products

from Downtown LA Bikes; Jen Zahigian Photography, featuring sunny, fun

photographs of Spring; Jungle Bee jewelry; kids’ products, unique

jewelry and body/bath products from KidTyme, Belandaria & Zona;

roses and landscaping from Linda McKendry Designs; and face painting by

Shanah Design.

Visitors and local residents also shared their favorite spring photos

of Downtown Santa Monica on Instagram to win prizes from Whole Foods

and Ye Olde Kings Head.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 15.

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