Thousands of people came together for the 1926 grand opening ceremony of the Masonic Temple; years later, the iconic building continues to stand as an invaluable piece of Detroit’s history. Complex, elegant and a story of its own, the 96-year-old building has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation, expected to be complete by the end of the year. Stunning bronze metal elevator doors, a new floor medallion and an upgraded front entry space are just a few of the Main Lobby renovations guests can expect to be greeted with upon arrival.

“A building as complex as this one, with its various uses and layers of historic fabric, is in a constant state of active preservation,” says project manager Dawn Bilobran. The 550,000-square-foot building proudly offers groups of any size a variety of creative and effective venues for concerts, corporate meet- ings, plays, movies and photo productions, conferences, seminars, and parties.

One of the building’s most iconic facilities, the Crystal Ballroom, underwent updates to its wood flooring and décor. As Michigan’s largest ballroom, the elegant space can accommodate up to 550 people for weddings, banquets and meetings of all kinds. Food service, music, and customizable sound and lighting allow guests an unmatched opportunity to bring their event visions to life.

After years of unforgettable concerts, the Masonic Temple Theatre stage underwent resurfacing, with  additional  renovations to a number of the 4,650 seating options. The 54,000-square-foot theater stands as the largest in Michigan, and continues to carry out its reputation as a world-renowned destination for showcasing talent.

 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.