'I see you before you see me' — It happened almost every time a person entered the room. Not paying much attention to the foliage along the walls, the guests would quickly focus on one another. After several minutes passed, a sudden blur of movement would catch someone's attention, as the strings of leaves became alive, moving mysteriously. The guests at Seacrest Country Day School's gala March 25 at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, realized they were not the only people in the room. Reactions ranged from bulging eyes and jaw-dropped mouths to simple smiles, laughter and applause for the unique form of entertainment they have just seen. Known as 'DiVines,' the entertainers, including Danielle Renfrow above, were dressed as giant vines between 9 and 16 feet tall. Wearing stilts on both their arms and legs, the women in these plant-like costumes slowly began to move through the room, stopping only to strike an elegant pose along the way. 'The women have to be in shape,' says Vice President Wes Holdman of the Orlando-based company 'The Living Garden.' 'It's a physically taxing job,' Holdman says. 'All of the woman are dancers and have done ballet at some time.' And it shows. The figures gracefully leaped from one point of the room to another. But just as the show seemed to get underway for some guests, the vines would found a new spot on the wall to blend into, preparing to hide from people who had yet to enter the room. Published May 8, 2006

Photo by Cary Edmondson, Daily News

'I see you before you see me' — It happened almost every time a person entered the room. Not paying much attention to the foliage along the walls, the guests would quickly focus on one another. After several minutes passed, a sudden blur of movement would catch someone's attention, as the strings of leaves became alive, moving mysteriously. The guests at Seacrest Country Day School's gala March 25 at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, realized they were not the only people in the room. Reactions ranged from bulging eyes and jaw-dropped mouths to simple smiles, laughter and applause for the unique form of entertainment they have just seen. Known as "DiVines," the entertainers, including Danielle Renfrow above, were dressed as giant vines between 9 and 16 feet tall. Wearing stilts on both their arms and legs, the women in these plant-like costumes slowly began to move through the room, stopping only to strike an elegant pose along the way. "The women have to be in shape," says Vice President Wes Holdman of the Orlando-based company "The Living Garden." "It's a physically taxing job," Holdman says. "All of the woman are dancers and have done ballet at some time." And it shows. The figures gracefully leaped from one point of the room to another. But just as the show seemed to get underway for some guests, the vines would found a new spot on the wall to blend into, preparing to hide from people who had yet to enter the room. Published May 8, 2006

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