Several years ago, determined to confront my fear of public speaking, I entered a local Moth competition. The Moth shows are held throughout the country and presented nationally on The Moth Radio Hour on more than 450 stations. The local events require you to tell a story based on a theme in five minutes with absolutely no notes.
Vancouver’s newest destination is a walk in the parq.
Home to vaudeville and film from 1924 to the present, The Capitol Theater, located in Olympia, Washington, has been entertaining the community with music, movies and shows for the past 94 years. The original owners, E.A. Zabel and William Wilson, first opened the theater’s doors to a crowd of 1,000, and its popularity is still going strong today.
For a refreshing, nonalcoholic drink option, try this lipsmacking Alaskan Lemonade recipe from the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The drink was served at a recent familiarization trip and had participating planners clamoring for more.
—2 parts lemonade
—1/2 part rose water
—1/2 part hibiscus syrup
—raspberries for garnish
Combine first three ingredients and garnish with fresh raspberries. Enjoy!
As the Northwest chill begins to settle in for the season, planners in Portland, Oregon, may want to consider an alternative to wine or beer tasting as a post-meeting activity—tea tasting. You may just find that it’s your group’s, well, cup of tea.
“We sample teas in much the same way as one would experience a beer or wine flight,” says Sara Kaufman, tasting room manager for Smith Teamaker. “Our guests are encouraged to choose their own teas or they can allow our teamakers to lead the way for them.”
Just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle can transport you to a totally different world, says Mickey Molnaire, director of marketing and tourism for the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce. You can leave the big-city stresses behind, and you’ll find a vibrant, welcoming community. “I love the way people who live or work here get active and involved,” she says, “and just the friendliness and slower pace of life.”
Ileigh Reynolds transforms events into experiences.
These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kanami Fujita was recently hired as director of sales at Semiahmoo Resorts.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
Into the Wild
Mount Hood, Schweitzer, Whistler, Denali—the Northwest does not want for spectacular mountain destinations. Not only do they provide a stunning setting in which to live, work and play, they also serve as a gorgeous backdrop for meetings and events. While these locales are notable winter playgrounds for snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, sleigh riding and other activities, they are also outstanding options for groups in the warm summer months. Here are a few Northwest resorts that sit at the foot or at the top of some of our region’s favorite peaks.