Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine

3 Distinctive Holiday Tours to Enjoy the Spirit of the Season

1. Detroit Opera House
The C. Howard Crane-designed opera house is gorgeous on a regular day, with much of the Italian Renaissancestyle décor original to the 1922 building still in place. The opera house goes all out with the festive holiday décor, elevating this Detroit treasure to truly breathtaking.
When: Mondays November 30 – December 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Connect: michiganopera.org | 313.961.3500

Mission Point Resort Offers Cocktails Fresh From the Garden

John Van Etten, Mission Point Resort’s new superintendent of grounds and gardens, has planted a large hillside cocktail garden.

The garden, viewable through the windows of Chianti, the resort’s upscale restaurant, grows flowers, herbs and edible plants slated for use as syrups and garnishes in the resort’s new cocktail menu. Plantings include lavender, rosemary, lemon sage, lemon verbena, lemongrass, fennel, six types of basil and five types of mint.

Cocktail offerings will change with the garden’s flowers and herbs. 

Unlock Lessons From Local Communities With Place-Based Education

Q: Our attendees are interested in getting out of the classroom to explore the local community. What learning opportunities exist for these adventure-seekers?

A: The number of continuing education units required by attendees to maintain their professional designations often determines the number of breakout sessions offered at annual meetings. But as more emphasis is placed on the total conference experience, attendees are increasingly interested in getting out of the classroom and into the community.

DIME Delivers a Historic Venue with Modern Music Amenities

Detroit's options for distinctive venues continue to grow.

The Detroit Institute of Music (DIME) opened September 2014 in the former Bamlet Building on Griswold. The 1896 structure, abandoned since the 1980s, was bought and rehabbed by Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services.

“We moved in and revamped the entire thing, head to toe,” says Brittany Morris, the institute’s team administrator. “It’s definitely a more modern space now, but we tried to keep some of the historic elements.”

Signature Drink: The Hummer

Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club turns 100 this year. Among the club’s many claims to fame is the invention of the Hummer in 1968 by bartender Jerome Adams. Forty-seven years later, Adams is the club’s bar manager, and the Hummer is still a hit.

Ingredients:
—1.5 oz. Bacardi rum
—1.5 oz. Kahlúa
—2 scoops vanilla ice cream
—3-4 ice cubes

Directions:
1. Blend all ingredients.
2. Serve in a rocks glass.
3. Enjoy!

New Venue Spotlight: Blue Water Convention Center

Looking for a meeting venue that doubles as a waterfront escape? Head to the Blue Water Convention Center. The 34,000-square-foot venue, which opened in the spring, sits on the bank of the St. Clair River in Port Huron, a stone’s throw from the Blue Water Bridge, which connects the United States and Canada.

“I can go out the door and look right at it,” Kim Appel, the facility’s general manager, says of the bridge. “There’s no way to describe the beautiful view.”

Signature Drink - Pantone 1595

Café 78 opened in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit this winter, as a joint project between the museum and the restaurant Wright & Co. Café bartenders are trained by the craft-cocktail wizards at the Sugar House. Here’s a concoction from General Manager Chris Vanderginst, taken from the café’s Pantone-themed cocktail menu.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. gin
—1 oz. carrot juice
—.5 oz. lemon juice
—.25 oz. ginger syrup
—.25 oz. Pedro Ximenez sherry

Troy Offers Planners the Full Package

The biggest challenge to planning an event in Troy might be decision fatigue. The city’s abundant venue choices make it hard to go wrong in this upscale city. The Oakland County destination offers high-end shopping, numerous hotels and an easy drive to area attractions, including Cranbrook Educational Community.

Sushi Restaurants Make For Lively Events

Sushi is an event in itself. Watch the chef create a roll with artistry and precision, admire the beautiful presentation on your plate and, finally, enjoy the delicious combinations of flavors and textures. With so much to tempt the eye and the palate, sushi restaurants offer distinctive settings for events. Consider these eateries for sushi offerings to accent your next gathering.

Red Ginger, Traverse City

Prepare for the Worst with an Emergency Action Plan

FROM SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS to weather disasters, a variety of emergencies can occur at an event. Kat Philips, operations director for the National Cherry Festival, spends a good part of her year preparing for the worst. She gave MIM+E her tips on how to be ready for anything. Collect important information. During site visits, ask if the venue has ever had to evacuate before and if it has an emergency plan.

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