It’s February in the desert which means its Modernism Week from now until February 24, 2019. Modernism Week celebrates everything midcentury modern from architecture to design to fashion. People from all over swoop into Palm Springs to celebrate Modernism Week. Since its establishment 13 years ago, the number of events has grown to about 350. For first time attendees, the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours are a great way to get introduced to Palm Springs and its history. Each year new events are highlighted and this year, Modernism Week Introduces Synchronized Swimming.
The Aqualillies Synchronized Swimming Show and Water Ballet debuted this year and we saw it on opening night, February 15. It was at a Palm Springs home that was beautifully decorated with midcentury modern furniture and art. A backyard pool and fabulous mountain views set the stage for a wonderful performance by 8 Aqualillies from Los Angeles. The act was a combination of dance, water ballet and synchronized swimming. It was perfectly choreographed and highly entertaining.
The event was advertised as a tribute to icon Esther Williams, who was a midcentury actress, and competitive swimmer. Esther popularized synchronized swimming with her performances in many popular films. Music from the 50s played, and the Aqualillies pranced around the pool and spa in their one-piece bathing suits in the cool evening. We attended the 4pm event, and the performance started about 4:45 and lasted about 20 minutes. When swimmers exited the pool, I thought they were going for a bathing suit change. But, they dried off and came back outside for photo ops. It was a very fun event and one I highly recommend. I’m glad Modernism Week Introduces Synchronized Swimming.
Our next stop was Eight4Nine for food and drinks. If you haven’t been there, it is a fun gathering place with eclectic pink and white décor, and a great menu! If you need recommendations for things to do in Coachella Valley, or if you are looking for a midcentury home to purchase, please contact me. Enjoy the remaining Modernism Week events.