Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine

Guide Event Speakers With this Instructional Design Process

Q: My association is planning its yearly conference, and we really want to make the sessions memorable. Where do we begin to overhaul our program?

A: Two words: Instructional design. Instructional design is a systems approach to analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating any instructional experience.

Signature Drink - 9 & Republic

Refreshing and rich with tradition, this cocktail from Valentine Distilling in Ferndale offers the scent of spring complimented by sweet ginger spice.

— 1 oz. Valentine Liberator Gin
— .5 oz. St. Germaine liqueur
— 3 ginger slices
— 3 cucumber slices
— 1 lime wedge
— Half a habanero pepper

New Venue Spotlight: The Corner Loft

Looking for an intimate venue with a gorgeous view? Try the Corner Loft in Traverse City.

The 2,000-square-foot space, which opened in October 2013, is the project of Marie and Jeffrey Schwartz. The couple, both employed in the oil and gas industry (Marie retired in May 2013), purchased the loft with the intention of turning it into a condo. But after their sons hosted a lively New Year’s Eve party there, they got other ideas.

Event Snapshot: The Royal Park Turns 10

The Royal Park Hotel in Rochester threw itself a 10th birthday party on Sept. 15. More than 1,000 guests gathered for food, drink and live music. Frank Rewold, owner of the hotel, gave a presentation about the hotel’s first 10 years, and the hotel paid homage to its grand opening in 2004 by bringing back some of the party’s most memorable elements, including a live mermaid, a marching band and a butterfly ceremony.

What You Need to Know to Start Your Own Planning Business

Jennifer Berkemeier, catering and special events sales manager at Cobo Center, often encounters employed event planners who are considering striking out on their own. She always urges them to proceed with caution. “It’s all about support people and clients and connections,” she tells them. “It’s not as easy as you think it could be.”

Meet Kurt Colone, Detroit's Nicest Guy

KURT COLONE WAS A CLASS CLOWN GROWING UP. "Looking back, I always liked telling jokes and stories," he says. "I did the announcements at school, and I’d always add a little flavor."

Those skills served him well at Detroit’s biggest rock radio station, 101.1 WRIF, where he met Mike Staff more than 20 years ago. He learned the DJ business with Staff, and quickly realized he preferred private celebrations to bars and clubs. He joined Mike Staff Productions in 2001; today he’s the company’s director of business development and entertainment.

Holland & Saugatuck Make a Dynamic Duo of Coastal Charm

MICHIGAN’S QUAINT COASTAL CITIES BOAST SEVERAL UNFORGETTABLE VENUES. So after one of the worst winters in history, why not remind your guests of the state’s charm and natural beauty by hosting your next event in Holland or Saugatuck?

Located near the shores of Lake Michigan, both Holland and Saugatuck are conveniently situated within a three-hour drive of Detroit and a two and- a-half-hour drive of Chicago. Nearby beaches offer a wonderful complement to meetings, especially if planners are encouraging families to come along.

Amway Hotel Collection Offers All in One

IT’S HARD TO OPEN A MAGAZINE OR A NEWSPAPER LATELY WITHOUT SEEING A STORY ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS being a top destination city. For meeting planners eyeing Michigan’s second-largest city, the Amway Hotel Collection stands out for its unique spaces, proximity to the city’s convention center and expert staff.

"When seeking to book an event or meeting within one of our properties, we truly want to make it a seamless experience," says Ron Brondyke, the collection’s vice president and corporate director of sales.

Up North Venues Offer Fresh Air, Food & Views

WITH NORTHERN MICHIGAN offering plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and invigorating natural views, it’s no wonder that so many restaurants at the tip of the mitt offer patio or deck dining.

Outdoor venues Up North give planners distinctive settings for entertaining guests. Even the upscale spots tend to have a laid-back atmosphere, lending themselves to easy conversation and conviviality.


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