• Venue Spotlight: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

     
    POSTED November 14, 2019
     
  • Venue Spotlight: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

     
    POSTED November 14, 2019
     

Located in The Woodlands is one of the world’s top amphitheaters: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Next April marks the venue’s 30th anniversary, and the first three concerts to take the famed stage were the Houston Symphony, Frank Sinatra and Clint Black. In recent years, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Tom Petty, Lyle Lovett and Leon Bridges have headlined this popular destination and gathering spot.
 
In 2016, the pavilion introduced its 21,000-square-foot Pavilion Event Center, which can accommodate more than 3,000 guests and is available for rentals mid-March through mid-November (when it then transforms into a community ice-skating rink). Two air walls can divide the space into three separate rooms, each with its own multimedia capabilities. 

The Pavilion introduced the two-story Woodforest Bank Club, a year-round facility that is available for private events any time outside of concert performances, in 2017.  The venue includes an expansive, wrap-around second-level patio, three bars and a catering kitchen. To set the mood for your team’s inner rock stars, a memorabilia wall showcases photographs, signed guitars and concert posters of various artists who have performed on the venue’s main stage since its inception in 1990. Catering is provided by Wicked Whisk Catering

Ashley Gravois, public relations and educational outreach manager for the pavilion, says that the event center is typically rented out by large corporate organizations for trainings, retreats and company-wide events. Bands playing at the pavilion usually host meet-and-greets at the center before their shows. And the club, she says, is popular for more intimate gatherings, such as wedding showers, reunions and business meetings. 

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Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

In early April Detroit’s TCF Center became a 1,000-bed alternate care site to help ease the burden on local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The 723,000-square-foot facility became the TCF Regional Care Center. According to Pure Michigan’s Michelle Grinnell, who serves as public information officer for the state’s alternate care sites, 39 patients were treated at TCF, the last of whom was discharged on May 7.