Roll out the red carpet! A movie theater gives your event Hollywood flash and sparkle. Big screens, plush seating, state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, and the latest entertainment await your guests in movie theaters across Michigan.
Michigan Meetings + Events
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
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.
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.
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.
—1.5 oz. Bacardi rum
—1.5 oz. Kahlúa
—2 scoops vanilla ice cream
—3-4 ice cubes
1. Blend all ingredients.
2. Serve in a rocks glass.
It’s summer in Detroit City, and that means a rollicking riverfront. The list of festivals and activities available along the river gets longer and more varied each year. Want to incorporate a movement break into your downtown meeting? Try tai chi on Mondays, yoga on Thursdays and Fridays, or BCBSM Walk the Riverwalk Wednesdays (May through August).
Planners and suppliers gathered at East Lansing’s Eagle Eye Golf in November for the 2014 Showcase of Ideas. The event, a partnership between VIKTOR and Event Garde, featured sessions on branding, contract negotiations and the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting.
When it comes to built-in ambiance and engaged attendees, intimate spaces can trump traditional meeting spots. Small venues often offer a cooler vibe, says Angela Butorac, founder of Butorac Events and co-founder of EventTrender.com. Attendees are more focused, and the spaces’ relaxed atmosphere can help people open up. “You’ll get some of those people who you never hear from who will probably get more engaged in the conversation,” she says.
Give your guests some welcome “me” time by booking a your next event at a venue with a spa. “The spa very much plays into meetings,” says Dawn Olsen, spa director at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme. “People like to come and do conferences and learn more, but they also want a little time for themselves.”
INDUSTRY MEMBERS who want to give back while doing what they do best should consider KIDSgala. The foundation, founded by David McKnight, celebrates kids who face major obstacles, such as illness. It got its start after McKnight reconnected with an old friend, Shelly Burton, at a high school reunion.