Well, another fantastic Best of Michigan Awards party has come and gone. Every year, I think we’ve topped ourselves, though, really, each year’s celebration is wonderful in its unique way.

This year we took the party to Traverse City, a much-needed visit by the magazine’s readers and supporters to the region that has done so much to lure tourism to Michigan. The local meeting and events industry folks bent over backwards to make the experience exceptional. We spread out over two venues—the City Opera House and the Hotel Indigo—and enjoyed wonderful hospitality wherever we were.

If you missed it, you can still read about the winners on our website. And no doubt we’ll have a date and venue for next year’s party lined up soon, so check the website often.

Finally, and not to bury the lede, but this will be my final blog post for Michigan Meetings + Events. After five years, I’m moving on—to more time with my five-year-old son and less time divided between diverse professional responsibilities. I’ve had a very good run, and I will miss supporting the valuable, interesting and just straight-up fun work this industry does.

Happily, I’m leaving you in good hands. Ron Garbinski, a longtime local writer and editor who edited the magazine back when it was being hatched, is taking the helm. He and his wife, fellow writer Megan Swoyer, joined us in Traverse City, and I’m excited to see how the magazine will evolve under his direction.

So thank you for an exciting, enjoyable and meaningful five years. And please keep doing all you do to elevate our lovely state.

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. 

 

Is celebrating Michigan Wine Month a work activity? Absolutely, especially when you’re checking out wine-centric venues for possible future events. Traverse City Uncorked is offering a mobile-exclusive pass to a collection of curated wineries offering deals and discounts to redeem during Michigan Wine Month—also known as May!

 

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.