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).
On Nov. 16, 20 MPI PHL members and myself had the pleasure of engaging with Temple and Drexel Hospitality and Tourism students in an information filled speed networking hour, aptly named Backpacks to Briefcases.
Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.
This weekend is the annual Uptown Art Fair. The three-day event features professional artwork in 12 different types of media, including ceramics, painting, jewelry and more. 350-plus artists from around the world will feature their artwork along Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue.
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.
The Midwest Society of Association Executives (MSAE) celebrated the holidays in Western style with its themed Holiday Hoedown on Dec. 4, 2015 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. A silent auction, Wall of Wine benefiting MSAE’s charity of the year, Matter, a Heads or Tails game for cash, holiday photos, and themed food and drinks had guests in good spirits. To make the night even better, Roger Radley made sure the group was in stitches during his comedy set.
Hotel Ivy completed its recent multimillion dollar redesign—renovating 136 guest rooms, the corridors and lobby, which now features a new bar called Venetia. The Luxury Collection Hotel showed off its new digs on July 30 at an intimate reveal party. Craft cocktails and small bites were passed, while live music from an electric violin permeated the lobby; dessert was served in Monello and guests checked out Constantine, the basement cocktail bar.
Transformed spaces, new meeting rooms and tasty food and beverages highlighted the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel’s grand opening celebration in August. The $15 million renovation included enhanced guest rooms, a refreshed lobby, the addition of the brand’s upgraded lounge destination, Sheraton Club, and a new restaurant, Lela, adjacent to the hotel. Three new meeting rooms were also introduced: the 1,500-square-foot Gibson, 663-square-foot Oxborough and 400-squarefoot Harrison.
The Minneapolis – St. Paul International Society of Special Events (ISES) knows how to network while having a good time. What more would you expect from a group of event professionals? In the spirit of staying local for their monthly event, ISES members toured the establishments of Northeast Minneapolis for the Summer Saunter on June 18. The group started at Nye’s Polonaise, hopped in the new Brew Ride (a public or private brewery shuttle) to 612 Brew and ended the evening at Ginger Hop.