The National Collegiate Hockey Conference will host a media event that gives reporters a sneak peek behind the scenes of Target Center’s renovations in anticipation of the NCHC. The Frozen Faceoff is set for March 17–18 in Minneapolis.
As 2016 comes to a close, thoughts turn to 2017. We’ll have a new president, a new Star Wars movie will hit theaters, and Minneapolis will host the summer X Games.
But what can the meetings and events industry expect? Eight experts weigh in on what the New Year will bring (both in and out). Our favorites? Edible spray paint, high-end catering ware, Asian-Pacific cuisine (especially if it involves poke) and an end to pretentious bartenders.
Sit down, take notes and think about how you can incorporate all of this into your 2017 fetes, retreats and more.
Minneapolis residents have been mourning the death of Mary Tyler Moore since her passing last week on Jan. 25, 2017. She was well known for her 1970s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which helped put Minneapolis on the map.
“The 1970s were a time when IDS Center was rising from the ground, Nicollet Mall was still new, and lots of change was coming to Minneapolis,” says Melvin Tennant president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show, with its images of Minneapolis and frequent references to the city, really brought our growing city onto a national stage.”
It’s time for the local meetings and events industry to show the NFL what the Bold North is all about
For a workout that will literally send you flying, Northeast Minneapolis’ The Aviary is the gym for you. Established in 2015, The Aviary is a boutique fitness studio that offers full-body workouts and yoga classes using aerial hammocks. If that sounds intimidating, rest assured that this low-impact activity is anything but.
Tracy DeJong, director of tour guide services for metroConnections, has been honored with the 2016 National Concierge Association Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award. DeJong is also a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the NCA. Previously, she was co-chair of the fundraising committee for NCA’s Minnesota Chapter.
“Tracy DeJong is a public relations asset,” says David Graves, president and CEO, metroConnections. “She works hard at getting out into the industry and showcasing metroConnections. We appreciate her efforts and congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”
What if there was a way to bring quality wines to events where it isn’t the star of the bar? Now there is! Tastings Vintage Wine Truck, owned by Tastings – A Wine Experience wine bar, is a mobile option out of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, that can hit the road to bring the finest varieties anywhere you need them. The 1952 International Harvester Metro underwent significant customization in 2015 to be outfitted with two wine-specific kegerators that dispense the finest vino from kegs instead of bottles.
The Commons Hotel, located in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus, announced their newest offering: Small Meetings = Big Rewards. The new program is a way to entice planners to hold meetings with 10–100 room nights through March 31, 2017.
Associations North, formerly MSAE (Midwest Society of Association Executives), celebrated 60 years at Aria Minneapolis on Aug. 4 by honoring the past, present and future. Guests were greeted with stilt walkers, valet parking, champagne tower and a walk through the decades in the form of 8-foot-by-8-foot photo walls from the past six decades. Member logos were highlighted in a big “60” for a memorable backdrop. The four-sided bar and video cube overhead highlighted more member photos and videos on the impact of associations (complete with a blooper reel).
The American Homebrewing Association has recently announced seven rising homebrewing destinations in the US.
“Craft brewing and homebrewing have long supported one another: a thriving craft beer community nurtures a healthy, growing homebrew culture and vice-versa,” says Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Some cities are legendary for such pro-am symbiosis, while others are gaining well-deserved reputations as up-and-coming homebrew hot spots.”