• Axe Throwing Chops Through Team-Building Jitters

     
    POSTED March 19, 2022
     
    Photo credit: FlannelJax's
  • Axe Throwing Chops Through Team-Building Jitters

     
    POSTED March 19, 2022
     
    Photo credit: FlannelJax's
  • Axe Throwing Chops Through Team-Building Jitters

     
    POSTED March 19, 2022
     
    Photo credit: FlannelJax's
  • Axe Throwing Chops Through Team-Building Jitters

     
    POSTED March 19, 2022
     
    Photo credit: FlannelJax's

The first time I tried axe throwing was at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming at a memorable outdoor dinner along the river. It was a fun way to get to know other guests at the ranch, with no one being much of an expert at hurling an axe but most being willing to give it a try. However, there is no need to go to a ranch or Wyoming to try this fun team-building activity when FlannelJax’s and Bad Axe Throwing both provide options in Minnesota and beyond. 

Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2018, FlannelJax’s has expanded to include locations in Arvada, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Roanoke, Texas; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Seattle, Washington. As the team at FlannelJax’s likes to say, “Don’t just break the ice … smash through it with an axe!” It’s team-building on steroids or at least the kind you can manage in plaid shirts or loosened ties. 

FlannelJax’s offers a variety of axe-throwing games and lumberjack sports like crosscut sawing and thump the stump, where players race to hammer a nail into a stump with a hatchet. Event specialists are available to help groups customize their FlannelJax experience, assisting with details such as catering, drink packages, games and prizes. 

Bad Axe Throwing has two Minneapolis locations, the newest opening in City Center last fall and the other in the northeast section of the city. Founded by CEO Mario Zelaya in 2014, the Canadian company’s first location opened in Burlington, Ontario. Since then, Bad Axe Throwing has expanded across Canada and the United States with more than 40 locations specializing in leagues, walk-ins, private parties and team-building events and working with charity events as well.

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty. 

 

D’Amico Catering has returned to Walker Art Center as the exclusive culinary and planning service for all private events taking place at the museum. The Minneapolis-based catering company managed the Walker Art Center’s special events and food service from 2011-2016.