• Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Event Snapshots: 2016 Michigan EPIC Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     

The Event Professional Industry Class Awards were held April 5 at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board. Kurt Colone of Mike Staff Productions was the emcee, with entertainment by the Dan Rafferty Band.

MACVB Annual Educational Conference finally reaches the shores of Mackinac Island.

As I rode in the carriage from the Shepler’s Ferry terminal to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, my mind wandered to a scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” In said scene, King Arthur and his sidekick, Patsy, approach a castle while galloping and banging coconuts together. After a few moments passed and my mind wandered back to the tree-lined streets of the island, I realized it was the clippety-clop of the draft horses pulling our carriage that brought on my thoughts of Python.

 

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above.