I’ve been editing MIME for more than four years, and there is one topic that never gets old: the value of a skilled planner. Over and over I hear frustration from members of our industry over the lack of public education when it comes to planning. The CMP designation, of course, was created partially in response to that general ignorance, providing planners with a way to obtain and demonstrate a set of skills and training.

As I look ahead to future issues, I’ve got one eye for a feature on the value a planner provides to all players—the event host, suppliers, attendees. Do you feel passionately about this topic? Good examples of a skilled planner saving the day or the havoc wreaked by working with untrained planners? I’d love to hear from you.

Our spring issue has some exciting stories, including features on Ann Arbor and fun, offbeat group activities (fowling, anyone?) If you know of can’t-miss Ann Arbor venues or have experienced a group gaming activity you think is worth sharing, please let me know.

Of course, spring is a long way off. In the meantime, I’ve planned a fall getaway with my son, to Frankenmuth. We’ll be staying at Zehnder’s Splash Village, which will be my first visit to the hotel and water park. If there’s anywhere in Frankenmuth you think I simply must experience with my 5-year-old boy, get in touch. My next post will give a full report!

The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth changes its name to Saint John’s Resort in August.

It’s part of a rebranding with multiple enhancements that Director of Sales and Marketing Fadi Sibani says make it a true Detroit destination resort.

Formerly owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit as St. John’s Provincial Seminary from 1948 to 1988, the property was transformed in the 1990s as a center for youth and families before it was redeveloped into a hotel and conference center in the 2000s. 


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. 


Six months ago, Detroit’s TCF Center got a new name—Huntington Place. Now the convention center is getting striking new public art—an outdoor sculpture by acclaimed artist Scott Hocking. The 15-foot diameter bronze sculpture, Floating Citadel, will be located in the main circle drive of Huntington Place in downtown Detroit. The installation of the sculpture is expected to be complete by late summer. Renderings and images are available here