The Minneapolis Downtown Council scored a hole-in-one with an event so unique and fun that people of all ages participated. The 10th Annual Skyway Open Golf Tournament featured an innovative yet challenging miniature golf course designed by local architects and contractors throughout a portion of downtown Minneapolis’ skyway system. This year’s design theme was “Minneapolis: America’s Most Livable City” and took place Feb. 26-28.

“When you have [the skyway] that is so internationally unique, it’s great to celebrate it with fun activities,” says Leah Wong, vice president of events and marketing, Minneapolis Downtown Council. “The Skyway Open not only accentuates our appreciation how our downtown buildings and community connect together, but it also offers a chance to embrace two other elements that are very Minnesotan: winter and golf.”

The Skyway Open was a great opportunity for family time or colleagues to network while also benefiting the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Intersections: Downtown 2025 Plan goal to end street homelessness.

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like brunch? Me neither—and I doubt I ever will. It’s hard not to love a two-meals-for-one situation, especially one that incorporates the best meal (breakfast, of course), and the most important one, as we all learned growing up. Throw in a late-morning reverie and some heartier lunchtime fare, and you’ve got a recipe for human comfort.

 

International Live Events Association (ILEA-MSP) met at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 29 for networking, lunch, a tour of the stadium and an address from Maureen Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Attendees learned about the different ways to get involved in the 10-day Bold North Festival that will lead up to Super Bowl LII.

 

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).