Michigan Meetings + Events

Signature Drink: Motown Mule

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The Motown Mule is the Townsend Hotel’s Rugby Grille’s take on the traditional ginger beer/vodka/ lime combo that is the Moscow Mule. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, rather than the conventional ginger beer, ups the cocktail’s intensity, while Fever-Tree’s tonic water, made with quinine, adds a tasty bitterness.

Ingredients:
—1.5 oz. Two James 28 Island Vodka
—1oz. Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
—2.5 oz. Fever-Tree tonic water
—Squeeze of lime

MI M+E's Editorial Advisory Board Sounds off on the State of The Industry

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Each year, prior to our Best of Michigan Awards Gala, MIM+E’s editorial advisory board meets to discuss the state of the meetings and events industry and how the magazine can best serve it. ¶ Here’s what some of our members had to say about the key issues facing the industry, trends they’re seeing and the value of education.

MIM+E: What are some of the key issues you’re seeing in the industry right now?

Grand Rapids Offers a Clean, Comfortable & Cosmopolitan Choice

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Want all the benefits of a big city with the simplicity and charm of a small one? Then Grand Rapids is the place for you. Located on the Grand River, after which it’s named, in the southwest section of the state about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids offers everything from world-renowned art and historic sites to world-class golf courses, recreation and beaches. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named this vibrant city of nearly 200,000 people the country’s No. 1 travel destination in 2014 and that Forbes has called downtown Grand Rapids one of the country's 10 best downtowns.

Meet Julie Pingston, GLCVB

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When you work in the tourism industry, diplomatic savvy comes in handy. Julie Pingston, CMP, CTA, gained hers in the field.

Pingston, senior vice president and chief operating office at the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB), started her career as a campaign intern for George Bush the elder. After he was elected, Pingston, newly graduated from Alma College, was appointed to the nowdefunct U.S. Travel and Tourism Association, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Event Snapshots: 10th Annual Best of Michigan Readers Choice Awards

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MIM+E held its annual Best of Michigan party May 22 at the new Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron. Empty Canvas provided the entertainment; Kurt Colone and the team from Mike Staff Productions emceed and played music; Chateau Chantal provided a wine tasting table; SugarHigh Bakery delighted guests with a sweets table; and Emerald City Designs provided the floral arrangements and linens. 

4 Event Designers Dish on Trends that will Delight Attendees

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Event décor is a planner’s ally. It creates a mood, moves attendees through a space in a predetermined way and gives them something to talk about with people they may not know well. Of course, décor trends come and go. The popular trends tend to overstay their welcome; most planners would probably be happy at this point to never see another Mason jar. The best ones never go away forever, but get reinvented and imagined for each new generation.

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.

Signature Drink: The Hummer

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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!

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