Mid Atlantic Events Magazine March/April 2022 Issue

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EVENTS March | April 2022

Uniqueness in Venues will be a bonus this year Indoor/outdoor event space at Building 39 at the Arsenal in Philadelphia, PA


Enjoy a luxurious experience with 552 lavish guest rooms and 50 suites, a rooftop indoor pool, on-site spa and more. • 60,000 square feet of flexible event space • 24,000 square-foot ballroom with 24’ ceilings • Unsurpassed convenience with everything under one roof To book your next meeting, call Rebecca Kim at 484.777.7928 or email at Rebecca.Kim@windcreek.com


SERIOUS MEETINGS WITH SERIOUS FUN At Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, we give you everything you need to make your event a success. You and your attendees will enjoy ample event space, custom group and world-class dining experiences, a full-service spa and second to none service. Your attendance-increasing event at Kalahari is one your members will look forward to.

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Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a AAA Four-Diamond experience in the pristine scenery of the Pocono Mountains. With 30,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate groups from 10 to 1,000, plus over 1,000 acres of resort amenities, and the most exciting dining and entertainment in Northeast Pennsylvania, we’ve got everything you need to make your next meeting extraordinAIRY. For more information, visit mountairycasino.com/meetings-weddings or call 570-243-5173.



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EVENTS March | April 2022

Indoor/outdoor event space at Building 39 at the Arsenal in Philadelphia, PA.

Uniqueness in Venues will be a bonus this year

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Casinos: Ample Space for Meetings Gaming resorts with plenty of space, dining and entertainment


Waterfront Destinations Serene settings by the water for meetings and events


Corporate Dining Revival Food events - helping to bring people together again


Quick Trips Great places for short leisure trips or staycations

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30 Guest Experiences: Museums and Attractions 41 Frank's Wine & Spirits: Zero Proof Cocktails 42 Creativity is Key for Sage Catering LOCATiON REPORTS 58 Delaware: Greater Wilmington; Southern Delaware 64 Maryland: Annapolis & Anne-Arundel County; Baltimore; Calvert County; Garrett County; Howard County; Montgomery County; Ocean City; Prince George's County; Washington County; Wicomico County 72 A COHNversation with Jim 76 Around The Region 80 EventMakers

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CASINOS: Ample Space for Meetings As planners ramp up their return to meetings, many will be looking for venues that provide plenty of space and options for dining and entertainment without the need to transport attendees to multiple locations and venues. Casino resort properties are ideal venues, as many boast tens of thousands of square feet (or more) of function space, plus a wide variety of restaurants and entertainment options all in one place to make the return to in-person meetings and events fun, enjoyable, comfortable and safe. Here is a sampling of casino resorts throughout the region and some of what they have to offer to planners as they bring their groups together once again in fun and engaging ways.

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BALLY’S • ATLANTIC CITY, NJ Total Meeting Space: 80,000-square feet Capacities: 10-1,900 Largest: Grand Ballroom, just under 15,000 SQ FT Hotel: 1,214 guestrooms (110 suites) Update: $100+million hotel renovation to be completed in spring 2022 “With the meeting and function space being on one designated level, it allows the groups to focus on their event without any distraction,” notes Peter Cicone, regional vice president of sales, Bally's Corporation/Bally’s Atlantic City. “Three large ballrooms also can be split into multiple sections, and there is over 10,000square feet of pre-function space allowing attendees to interact comfortably and at a safe distance while networking and enjoying their break and meal periods.” A full business center is located on the meeting room level, as are several prefixed registration areas to designate the individual check-in of meetings, and also free-standing restaurants. This allows attendees easy access to dine a la carte should they choose not to utilize Bally’s banquet services. Additionally, Bally’s Atlantic City on the boardwalk boasts a casino, gourmet dining with celebrity Chef Guy Fieri, casual dining and a food court, Bally’s Beach Bar, and a new outdoor/indoor entertainment and dining venue. Mid-Atlantic­EvEnts­Magazine ­11

Caesars Entertainment Caesars, Tropicana & Harrah's • Atlantic City, NJ Total Meeting Space: 300,000-square feet (three properties) Largest: 100,000 SQ FT (Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's) Hotel: 6,500 guestrooms (three properties) Update: $400-million being reinvested into Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City properties, including renovated rooms and guest experiences by 2023 Planners can choose between numerous dining options, meeting spaces, gaming opportunities, nightlife and entertainment at all three resorts. Caesars Entertainment offers a dedicated team that works closely with planners, making it easy to create a meeting with one point of contact, one food and beverage minimum - all on one invoice. Among the new offerings that soon will premiere at Caesars Entertainment properties are Nobu Restaurant at Caesars Atlantic City in 2022 and Spiegelworld Entertainment that has entered an extended partnership with Caesars to resurrect the historic Warner Theatre. These new additions join existing Caesars Entertainment restaurants and venues in Atlantic City, such as Gordon Ramsay Steak, Nero's Italian Steakhouse, Martorano's Italian Restaurant, Rum Point Crab House, Chelsea Five Gastro Pub, Il Verde, The Palm, Cuba Libre, Carmine's, The Pool at Harrah's and more. ­12 March­z April­2022

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, NJ Total Meeting Space: 150,000-square feet Capacity: 7,000 guests (Etess Arena) Hotel: 1,971 guestrooms and suites Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City boasts a variety of event venues that can amplify any program and are designed to accommodate groups of all sizes. For the largest gatherings, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena can stage general sessions for up to 7,000 people or over 300 trade show booths. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City also offers elegant ballrooms, on-site catering, meeting rooms, an expansive outdoor swimming pool deck, a nightclub, two patios overlooking the beach, plus features and services like Wi-Fi, expert AV and technological integration, LED TVs, direct-dial phone line capabilities, and adjustable live-feed music.

Full or partial buyouts can be arranged in many of the casino's restaurants, too. For entertainment, check out top headliners at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, visit Comedy Club, DAER Nightclub or head to the casino for gaming excitement. The property's Hard Rock Cafe boasts a world-renowned menu, live music and entertainment with two live music stages, including one in the Main Cafe and the other on the boardwalk.

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Live! Casino & Hotel • Hanover, MD Total Meeting Space: 50,000-square feet – The HALL at Live! Capacity: 4,000 seated (The HALL) Hotel: 310 guestrooms (50 suites), AAA Four-Diamond Rated Update: The HALL at Live! is a newly renovated, one-of-a-kind venue that includes private VIP boxes with balcony views, 10 breakout rooms and extensive dining options The HALL at Live! is home to expansive, customizable meeting and event venues, pre-function space, a contemporary and modern design, life-size wall art, as well as a dramatic grand staircase and chandelier. The HALL at Live! features a $10-million state-of-the-art AV system, three massive, high-resolution LED screens, a ribbon board that wraps around the space, and breakout rooms with interactive screens. The property boasts The Prime Rib, which features a private wine room and offers the opportunity to dine under the stars on the Prime Rib patio. A slew of enhancements at Live! Hotel are designed to allow groups to enjoy a well-rounded corporate retreat. Nearby, guests can enjoy shopping at Arundel Mills Mall, and explore Annapolis, Old Ellicott City, and Washington, DC. “Our full-service accommodations include traditional and unique meeting and event spaces, luxe entertainment and world-class restaurants, shopping, and a culinary team that specializes not only in traditional menus, but authentic international cuisine,” notes Cindy Jones, vice president, sales and marketing, hospitality division for Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. To add to the lavish atmosphere, Live! Hotel features the Cordish Art Collection curated by Suzi Cordish that includes works by Andy Warhol, Jennifer Steinkamp, Charlie Ahn, Robert Indiana and Not Vital. ­14 March­z April­2022

Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia, PA Total Meeting Space: 15,500-square feet (The Event Center) Capacity: 1,000 (Market Ballroom) Hotel: 208 guestrooms and suites The Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia features a high-tech performance stage, six meeting rooms and a stylish and contemporary pre-function space. Additionally, event rentals atop the property’s parking structure are available where Live! Philadelphia event planners can help create outdoor gatherings that provide amazing views of the city skyline and the Stadium District. Private event spaces at Live! are offered in The Prime Rib, Luk Fu, and Sports & Social restaurants, as well. Groups can access The Event Center and the hotel directly from the 2nd floor of the parking garage. In addition, Live! Philadelphia offers team building opportunities, including learning table games such as blackjack, taking an art walk in the building, and participating in chef tastings. Live! boasts gaming, a FanDuel Sportsbook, 11 dining outlets and multiple bars. Guests also can experience

the action of live sports as they are in the Stadium District where Philadelphia's sports teams are within walking distance, plus additional dining and entertainment options at the casino’s sister property, Xfinity Live! “The options are endless when planning an event at Live! – from multiple venue selections to customized catering and entertainment packages, organizers can work with our experienced team to plan the ultimate meeting,” proclaims Kelley Maddox, vice president of sales for Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. “The event spaces are all equipped with state-of-the-art AV technology, which can accommodate all forms of entertainment. The Market Ballroom can accommodate a large stage, which is perfect for live performances, and our talented team is happy to make recommendations for local vendors and entertainment partners.” Whether it’s for a one-day meeting or a multi-day conference, Live!’s team can handle every detail, including the creation of custom menus, or planning a “Dine Around the Casino” event, where guests can enjoy light bites and the flavors of The Prime Rib, Luk Fu, Sports and Social and Termini Brothers brought to their meeting room.

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Mohegan Sun Pocono • Wilkes-Barre, PA Total Meeting Space: 20,000+ square feet Largest: 15,000 SQ FT (Keystone Grand Ballroom) Hotel: 238 guestrooms, 20 suites Update: The property now offers additional function space since the recent debut of its new Seasons Meeting Venue Mohegan Sun Pocono is home the 15,000-square foot Keystone Grand Ballroom, divisible into six different salons, as well as four conference meeting rooms and the new Seasons Meeting Venue. “In the Keystone Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono, there may be a weekend where we’re hosting an American Cornhole League tournament broadcast on ESPN, and the following weekend we may be preparing for a wedding or the Black-owned Business Expo, which was a tremendous event that took place this past fall,” explains Sarah Farrell, director of sales and conventions for Mohegan Sun Pocono. “The versatility we have at our disposal in hosting all types of events is a differentiator,” Farrell adds. “Having world-class dining and gaming experiences, live entertainment, hotel and spa accommodations and more, all under one roof, gives us a major benefit, as well. Venues like the Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse offer private buyout opportunities, too... Guests and group planners can depend on our planning professionals to design outcomes that amaze and impress.”

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Mount Airy Casino Resort • Mt. Pocono, PA Total Meeting Space: 25,000+square feet Capacity: 1,200 Outdoor Space: 15,000 SQ FT (Tented Area) Hotel: 284 guestrooms, 29 suites Mount Airy Casino Resort has a wide range of spaces and layouts, combined with state-of-the-art technology and high-end accommodations, able to adapt to the needs of various event types. Its more than 25,000-square feet of flexible event space boasts six rooms, including a convention center/grand ballroom, a patio for up to 100 people, and a 15,000-square foot tented area. “Mount Airy Casino Resort offers more than just a space to hold your meeting,” explains Glenn Cademartori, vice president of marketing for the casino resort, “The team helps create the best experience for all attendees. The meeting spaces are adaptable to current times, and include a state-of-the-art video wall, allowing virtual attendees to be involved in all parts of the event. For food and beverage, Mount Airy Casino Resort works to deliver the best with the help of an Executive Chef, ensuring your functions are flawless.” The wide range of luxury amenities offered by this boutique resort hotel include: a Sports Illustratedrecognized lakefront 18-hole golf course; a spa, salon and exercise facility; indoor/outdoor swimming pool; and a covered deck and tented area. The resort also features signature restaurant and bar options, including Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen, Bistecca by Il Mulino, Lucky 8 Noodle + Sushi Bar, The Buffet, Last Call, and The Glass Bar and Pia’s Lounge. Afterward, visit the casino or catch a performance by a headline entertainer.

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Ocean Casino Resort Atlantic City, NJ Total Meeting Space: 160,000-square feet Outdoor Spaces: 90,000 SQ FT Capacities: 10 – 10,000 Hotel: 1,399 guestrooms and suites Update: Underwent a $21-million reinvestment in 2021, including three new high-limit slot and table games venues, two new Ocean Rewards Members lounges and more Ocean Casino Resort Atlantic City boasts 160,000-square feet of private, flexible meeting and convention space with complimentary Wi-Fi, and an on-site technical support team, as well as 90,000-square feet of unique outdoor spaces for events. After hours, guests can indulge in worldclass cuisine and incredible entertainment or relax at Exhale Spa. Situated right on the boardwalk and offering scenic ocean views, the property encompasses more than 20 beachfront acres, where groups can take advantage of unique seating areas, Adirondack chairs, and fire pits around the property. Interiors are sleek, minimalist, and stylishly appointed with contemporary furnishings, and all guest rooms inspire with floor-to-ceiling windows in this luxury casino resort. Ocean’s high-energy casino also features ocean views and 135,000-square feet of gaming space. There also are plenty of nightlife experiences available, plus outstanding restaurants, live entertainment and more.

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Resorts Casino Hotel • Atlantic City, NJ Total Meeting Space: 64,000-square feet Hotel: 942 guestrooms, 223 suites Update: $130-million in recent renovations “The Resorts Conference Center is a great venue for a variety of different sizes and configurations, with the ability to host incredible functions for 10 to 1,350,” notes Ritambra Verma, director of sales and revenue management for Resorts Casino Hotel. “Group planners also can take advantage of organizing events at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Entertainment Complex, which is home to the LandShark Bar and Grill, the only year-round beachside restaurant in AC, and it is available for private parties. Plus, 14 of our 24 meeting and event rooms feature natural light and ocean views.” These views are especially captivating inside the Atlantic Ballroom. Additional ballrooms include Ocean Ballroom for up to 1,000 guests, Horizon Ballroom, and the Starlight Ballroom. Resorts Casino Hotel also features outstanding dining and entertainment, gaming opportunities, including the Draftkings Sportsbook at Resorts, and much more.

Rivers Casino • Pittsburgh, PA Largest Meeting Space: 25,000-square feet (The Event Center) Capacity: 2,000 Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is a 450,000-square foot entertainment complex with customizable spaces that include The Event Center with its 5,000-square foot pre-function room. “We’ll customize our first-class amenities to fit every occasion,” proclaims Thor Kennedy, director of sales for the property. “Rivers Casino is Pittsburgh’s most engaging event destination with thousands of slots, world class restaurants and bars, live entertainment and more... Our high service standards and seasoned culinary team will ensure every detail is customized to your group and gets the attention it deserves.” “When it comes to events and meetings, Rivers is a destination, not just a casino,” asserts Kennedy. “There's truly something for everyone, all in one convenient location. Our flexibility allows us to meet the needs of all our groups and guests, while offering the complete Rivers gaming experience.” ­20 March­z April­2022

Rivers Casino • Philadelphia, PA Total Meeting Space: 13,000-square feet Largest: 10,000 SQ FT (The Event Center) Update: An exciting new restaurant concept is currently in the works “After six great years, Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chop House at Rivers Casino Philadelphia [closed on January 30, 2022]. An exciting new concept, yet to be announced, is planned for this location. In the meantime, Jack’s Bar + Grill, Mian, and Geno’s Steaks are open daily,” notes Justin Moore, general manager, Rivers Casino Philadelphia. Rivers Casino Philadelphia has a variety of meeting spaces from The Event Center, which offers a ballroom and private boardroom, to an additional 3,000-square feet on-site that can be configured into 13 different rooms. With floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, The Event Center ballroom is column-less, allowing for varied configurations.

“At Rivers Casino, we’ll customize our first-class amenities to fit every occasion,” notes Dominique Frio, director of catering and sales for The Event Center at Rivers Casino Philadelphia. “Our dedicated team offers oneone-one planning to customize your event. We offer many features, including in-house audio and visual services, stunning décor options, and catering from renowned Gibsons Restaurant Group... Additionally, if there’s a special request that’s not already at the casino, we work with a plethora of vendors.” Rivers presents a great opportunity to take advantage of built-in entertainment, gaming, various dining options, and free on-site parking.





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Rocky Gap Resort and Casino Flintstone, MD Total Meeting Space: 10,000+square feet Hotel: 198 guestrooms, suites Update: Recently opened Lakeside Grille Rocky Gap’s function space includes four, 600-square foot meeting rooms, an executive boardroom and two private dining rooms, each accommodating up to 24 guests. Rocky Gap also offers outdoor events at its Allegheny Event Center, the Lakeside Reception Area, Lakeside Terrace and Golfview Pavilion. “The team at Rocky Gap can customize events based on any specific wants and needs for the meeting or event,” explains Wanda Holtschneider, director of marketing and hotel operations for Rocky Gap Resort and Casino. “Between dining and catering options, meeting spaces, activities and more, there is something for everyone. Groups not only have access to meeting spaces, but also the amenities of the resort and at Rocky Gap State Park. The team at Rocky Gap can arrange for a multitude of team building and outdoor activities, as well, including guided fishing tours and wildlife presentations.” Meeting and business services at Rocky Gap include catering, state-of-the-art audio and visual technology and video conferencing capabilities in the meeting rooms, the ability to transform and tailor any event space and more. Dining includes the resort’s new high-end restaurant, Lakeside Grille, which overlooks a stunning lake, while Signatures Bar and Grill offers sports viewing in a clubhouse atmosphere. The private dining room in Lakeside Grille boasts stunning views and customized menus. In addition to meeting space, on-site dining, the casino and outdoor activities, Rocky Gap can arrange golf outings for groups, as well.

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Wind Creek Bethlehem Bethlehem, PA Total Meeting Space: 60,000-square feet (after expansion) Hotel: 550 guestrooms (after expansion) Update: Wind Creek Bethlehem’s expansion is slated to be completed in 2022

Wind Creek Bethlehem’s dining experience includes everything from quick bites to signature culinary creations and celebrity chef restaurants like Emeril’s Chop House. The resort boasts plentiful opportunities for guest experiences and activities, including concerts, nightclubs, shopping and more.

Wind Creek Bethlehem’s expansion will add an all-new hotel tower featuring three luxurious ballrooms and an additional 35,000-square feet of meeting space. "The benefits of choosing an integrated resort are twofold,” explains Amelia Tognoli, corporate communications manager for Wind Creek Hospitality. “First, the flexibility and numerous configurations afford planners the opportunity to execute meetings that align with their unique vision. Second, a meeting at Wind Creek Bethlehem is not limited to one room - meaning, meeting guests have the option to dine, game and revel in amenities that are unique to an integrated resort."

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Destinations The allure of rivers, streams, bay, lakes, and the ocean has long been a draw to those seeking both serenity and scenic surroundings. For the same reasons, meeting and event planners are seeking out waterfront locations and destinations for the groups they represent. As more and more meetings and events are returning, planners want to provide attendees with an inviting atmosphere that offers plenty of opportunities for taking in nature and breathing fresh air. For those who want to amid these tranquil settings, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions boast a wide range of opportunities. “We have two waterfront properties, the award-winning The Reeds at Shelter Haven, located on Shelter Haven Basin in Stone Harbor, NJ, and River House at Odette’s, perched on the Delaware River in New Hope, PA - both luxury boutique hotels in charming enclaves,” says Ron Gorodesky, president and CEO of Refined Hospitality.

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Gorodesky notes that meeting participants want to be transported to a new environment, dive into a fresh experience, and be inspired by their surroundings – all of which can be accomplished through a waterfront location.


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Yoga on the beach, one of the many activities available as part of group functions at the Harrison Group Hotels in Ocean City, MD

Even little things, such as breathing the salty ocean air or feeling a cool breeze off the water, add to the sensory experience that makes the meeting more enjoyable. The presence of water also has a calming effect while generating enthusiasm with participants, and guests often point to proximity to the water as one of the most alluring factors of their meeting experience.

tractable glass walls that lead to a river view veranda.

A waterfront location also means additional leisure activities that can round out the meeting experience, from boat charters, swimming and kayaking to an invigorating stroll and finding the ideal spot for a social media photo, Gorodesky notes.

Understanding the importance of supporting the tight-knit local community, River House has cultivated partnerships with and offers special programming through local organizations such as New Hope Historical Society, which offers private tours and educational conversations with beloved creatives who call New Hope home.

River House at Odette’s, a luxury boutique hotel, offers an array of both meeting and event spaces that include intimate, urban-inspired meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious multi-room suites, and an open-concept ballroom with floor-to-ceiling re­26 March­z April­2022

Having debuted during the pandemic in September 2020, River House at Odette’s meeting and event spaces emphasize indoor/outdoor activities with most gathering and dining spaces opening up to grand outdoor riverfront spaces with cozy fireplaces.

“On the logistics side, our dedicated events team understands the nuances of hosting corporate meetings and retreats throughout a tumultuous time for the industry,”

explains Gorodesky, “offering hybrid meeting options with a dedicated concierge to ensure all participants can connect seamlessly and effectively.” The Reeds at Shelter Haven was designed to inspire creativity, positivity and teamwork, and the hotel offers an array of options available for any size group. Centrally located in downtown Stone Harbor, this boutique resort offers modern meeting amenities, including three hospitality suites and a ballroom all in an intimate setting directly on the bay. No matter what time of year, the hotel’s team of coordinators inspire guests with seaside experiences customized to suit group needs, including boat excursions, relaxing spa days, wine education dinners, firepit events, clambakes and more. Ocean City, MD is an outstanding drive-to destination for meetings,

events and conventions, with plenty of ways to enjoy the waterfront, such as eating crabs and taking in iconic sunsets along the bay in the evening. “Starting your day also is unique, as all of our Harrison Group hotels are oceanfront - giving attendees the best sunrise every morning,” proclaims Sara Simon, senior sales manager for Harrison Group Hotels in Ocean City. “We offer a dynamic portfolio of oceanfront locations that range from efficiency options to multi-bedroom suites,” Simon asserts. “Meeting space is plentiful, and outside of the typical four walls is our specialty. We love getting events outside, toes in the sand and clipboard in hand! We can host meetings, breakouts, meals and team building functions on our balconies, terraces, private beaches and pool decks, helping to make events not only successful, but memorable and fun, as well.” Team building and the beach pair well together. The hotels of Harrison Group have hosted paint nights, yoga, massages, sports activities, golf, kayaking, fishing and boating events - both on- and off-site - for groups.

MEETINGS WITH A SIDE OF VITAMIN SEA From corporate retreats to big time concerts to antique car shows, and everything in between, it’s no wonder year after year meeting and event planners choose the Wildwoods Convention Center! • 75K square foot exhibit arena, a 12K square foot Ballroom and 10-Meeting Rooms • 380 – 10’ x 10’ exhibit booth space or seating for up to 7,500 • Modern amenities / State-of-the-art communication systems • Full in-house Catering/Concession services • Adjacent to the world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk and 5 miles of FREE white sand beaches • On-site parking for over 700 vehicles • 30K square feet of pre-function space • Free Wi-Fi for attendees

According to Marc Devito, managing director, ICONA Resorts, there are three criteria the staff of his properties believe are necessary to help meeting and event groups achieve what he calls “exponential growth.” First, Devito, explains, planners need to take their team out of their everyday environment and away from the day-to-day distractions of the workplace, whether they work from the

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Hyatt Place Dewey Beach and Lighthouse Cove Event Center in Dewey Beach, DE

office or from home. “There’s no substitute for face-toface time together as a team away from potential disturbances or interruptions from things like office chit chat, smart phones, poor Internet connection for digital meetings, quick household chores, or attention-seeking pets.” Second - travel to a place of peace. “At ICONA, we believe water soothes the soul. For that reason, all of our properties and venues are beachfront. The tranquil, waterfront environment sparks connection, creativity, and teamwork,” Devito explains. Third, teams should review their vision, mission and goals, and strategize their plan in order to achieve them. Being in a “place of peace” that is free from distractions, allows everyone to focus fully on the agenda at hand. “While we offer meetings and events at all four of our ICONA properties (ICONA Avalon, ICONA Diamond Beach, ICONA Cape May, and ICONA Windrift – set to open this spring), at this time, our ICONA Avalon and ICONA Diamond Beach properties are best suited for company or organizational meetings and retreats. Our ­28 March­z April­2022

properties have been fully renovated, offer world-class cleanliness, and are known for award-winning friendly service,” Devito observes. ICONA properties offer everything groups need on-site for their function, from guest rooms and suites to ballrooms, outdoor tents, smaller breakout spaces (both inside and out), catering and restaurants to “cozy season” buyout options where groups can experience the entire property as their own private retreat. ICONA also works with a with a number of local businesses and vendors to provide team building experiences like mixology and yoga classes, local environmental and wildlife presentations, beach walks by the Wetland’s Institute, visits to historic sites, breweries and wineries in Cape May County, and the Tree to Tree Adventure Park at Cape May Zoo. They even can offer captained charters on their 64-foot Sunseeker Predator Yacht. The Hyatt Place Dewey Beach and Lighthouse Cove Event Center in Dewey Beach, DE has combined meetings and fun to create unforgettable experiences for event guests situated along the Rehoboth Bay and just

steps from the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, the property features waterfront dining at its Lighthouse Restaurant. “Dewey Beach is a very special town; just a mile long, it is home to beautiful sandy beaches, perfect for outdoor activities on and off the water,” observes Ashlee Martinelli, regional director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Place Dewey Beach and Lighthouse Cove Event Center. “In the evening, you are steps from restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Hop on the Jolley Trolley for a two-mile excursion to downtown Rehoboth Beach, home of the famous beach boardwalk, shopping and amazing culinary opportunities.” The award-winning Hyatt Place Dewey Beach and Lighthouse Cove Event Center offers flexible indoor and outdoor event space, views of the Rehoboth Bay and gorgeous sunsets in the heart of Dewey Beach. Their experienced sales team can help create an unforgettable experience for groups. “We create a full-service experience in addition to a one-shop stop for your group,” explains Martinelli. “At our property, we can host your guest rooms, conduct your meeting with many flexible space and options, create an exquisite culinary experience with our experienced food and beverage team, as well as plan team building and after hour’s activities to make your event one-of-a-kind.”

vanced meeting spaces, most featuring natural light and ocean views. “There are various venues available for corporate and private gatherings at Resorts Casino Hotel, including the 13,000-square foot Ocean Ballroom and 12,000-square foot Atlantic Ballroom,” notes Ritambra Verma, director of sales and revenue management for Resorts Casino Hotel. The casino is situated on perhaps the most exciting section of the Atlantic City boardwalk, which includes attractions such as Steel Pier Amusements - home to a 227-foot observation wheel, Steel Pier helicopter rides, Axe Throwing and more. Also nearby, group attendees can enjoy a visit to the Absecon Lighthouse, the state’s tallest, or head to Lucky Snake, a massive arcade at Showboat hotel, or embark on dolphin watching boat trips. By taking their groups to waterfront destinations and properties, planners are providing attendees with the opportunity to relax and unwind, to dine while enjoying scenic surroundings, to participate in activities and team building on or by the water, and to come together in a distraction-free setting that will serve as an ideal return to meetings and events.

“From beach bonfires, boat rides and Dewey Crush Bar Crawls to a beach volleyball tournament to interactive items in our meeting space that adds a twist to traditional meetings, we can ensure that your event will be one your group will never forget,” says Martinelli. Overlooking the Atlantic City, NJ boardwalk and Atlantic Ocean, Resorts Casino Hotel features outstanding ocean views. A short walk from the beach, Resorts is home to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville entertainment complex, which includes Atlantic City’s only year-round beach bar, Landshark Bar and Grill. Planners and groups can plan their next gathering at Resorts Casino Hotel within its technologically ad-

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GUEST EXPERIENCES: M Museums and attractions throughout the region are featuring special programs along with plenty of offerings. Here are great examples of what is available or being planned for individuals and groups.

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Museums and Attractions Independence Seaport Museum • Philadelphia, PA The return of warmer weather means the return of onwater fun at Independence Seaport Museum (ISM). Starting in May and running through October, ISM’s Kayak Excursions allow participants to explore the Delaware River from a whole new point of view, regardless of experience level. With returning destinations include Three Sisters Shipwreck and Graffiti Pier, while new tours feature The Black Channel Boneyard and Skyline Paddles. Team building and leadership development programs also are available at Independence Seaport Museum. Spend the on the water while fine-tuning communication, collaboration, and other 21st Century skills, or try ISM’s land-based workshops instead. Whether participating in a workshop or a full-day retreat, groups will leave feeling connected and ready to thrive in the office. Independence Seaport Museum is home to two historic ships, as well, Cruiser Olympia, the oldest floating steel warship in the world, and Submarine Becuna, a World War II-era submarine. While access to Cruiser Olympia is included with general admission tickets, ISM can further enhance the visitor experience by offering tours that are rarely open to the public for an additional fee, such as the engine room and admiral’s quarters. Guided tours of the historic Submarine Becuna will be offered daily, highlighting her impressive service record and what life was like for the crew aboard. Additional

fees apply. ISM recently announced a new Airbnb Experience for locals and visitors to Philadelphia, too, that provides guests with exclusive tour opportunities aboard the sub. This new Airbnb Experience will share stories of espionage, flooding and other tales from decades at sea, all based on the experiences of those who served aboard “Becky,” the only Guppy 1-A type submarine remaining anywhere in the world.

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phillyseaport.org/rentals OR 215-413-8615 Sea the possibilities of your next event at Independence Seaport Museum. Whether you host your gathering among our award-winning exhibits, aboard a replica of the 1800s vessel Schooner Diligence, or in our stunning fourth-floor ballroom, the opportunities are endless. Mention this ad at the time of booking and receive a special discount.

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James A. Michener Art Museum • Doylestown, PA Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy is an exhibition of more than 100 unique and notable works from a private collection on view at the Michener Museum from March 12 - July 31, 2022. A Pan Art Connections traveling exhibition, it includes two rare Subway drawings, complete suites of many of the artist’s icon print series, and Medusa Head (the largest print in the artist’s oeuvre). Haring (1958-1990), an accomplished and prominent American artist, was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Kutztown. His interest in the colorful graffiti art of city streets influenced his meteoric rise as well as his instantly recognizable works in a variety of mediums, such as paint, prints, posters, drawings, sculptures, and street art. He used his fame to advance social justice activism, like raising awareness for AIDS and fighting against racism and the proliferation of illegal drugs. “Haring had deep ties to this region, so it’s very exciting to showcase this impressive collection of his work at the museum and introduce his socially and politically engaged work to new audiences,” says Michener Museum Chief Curator, Laura Igoe.

Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy at the James A. Michener Art Museum; photo credit: Allan Tannenbaum

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Other upcoming exhibitions at the Michener Museum in 2022 include: The Work of Art: Museum Collecting Unpacked, now through May 15, exploring the life cycle of a work of art; (re)Frame: Community Perspectives on the Michener Art Collection, June 18 – March 5, 2023, a year-long project designed to re-interpret the museum’s permanent collection with input from the community; and Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, September 24 – January 15, 2023 with a focus on the women who designed, manufactured, sold, and collected footwear.

National Constitution Center • Philadelphia, PA This spring, in conjunction with the installation of the 50-ton First Amendment tablet at the National Constitution Center, the Center is offering special freedom and equality-themed programming for online and on-site visitors. Programming for educators, students, families, and lifelong learners includes civic holiday celebrations and special programs; discounted and free admission days; online classes taught by constitutional experts; virtual tours of the museum; and professional learning opportunities for educators featuring distinguished guest speakers. Now through Thursday, March 31, visitors can enjoy discounted admission of $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $7.50 for youth ages 6-18 (usually $11). This promotion is valid online only; tickets must be purchased in advance. Wawa and the National Constitution Center are teaming up to offer visitors a Community Day Honoring Women’s History Month that will include free admission on Saturday, March 26 courtesy of Wawa. The Center also will offer special programming in honor of Memorial Day, Flag Day, Juneteenth, and the Fourth of July. Visit constitutioncenter.org/calendar for the most up-to-date event information.

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Dining area at Steak 48 in Philadelphia; photo courtesy: Steak 48 Philadelphia

Corporate Dining Revival

Groups are returning to restaurants and taking part in more catered gatherings, once again enjoying being face-to-face, engaging in conversation, sharing ideas and bonding with staff while experiencing new dishes in a variety of unique and memorable settings. Good food has long been a great unifier. Corporate meal functions have played an important role in bringing groups together and providing the opportunity for attendees to socialize while at the same time being productive. Perhaps now even more so, restaurants and caterers throughout the area are playing a pivotal role in bringing people together and providing them with extraordinary experiences.

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“More than ever, group clients are looking for a full-service, customized experience,” observes Lindsey McClaren, event manager for Steak 48 in Philadelphia, PA. “They are requesting assistance with décor, transportation, custom cakes, personalized menus, gifting, audio-visual equipment and more. We have created strategic partnerships throughout the city to ensure that we are able to offer and coordinate all these extra amenities to ensure the event booking and planning process is as easy as possible.” The staff of Steak 48 pride themselves in their ability to offer both variety and flexibility, McClaren says. “We have spaces that accommodate private groups from 8 to 100 guests. Each has its own personality and features that set the stage for a perfect event. Our Library Room, for example, is cozy and versatile, with decorated glass enclosed bookshelves that have shades that can be drawn for those who prefer a more intimate experience.”





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Event goers enjoying the carousel at Giggleberry Fair in Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA; photo courtesy: Peddler's Village

Alternatively, the second-floor Atlantic Room can host a business presentation or be combined with the restaurant’s Mezzanine Bar to accommodate a networking event. “We utilize our event menus as a starting point and can adjust them to ensure all the guests’ favorites are featured as part of their experience,” McClaren adds. Business events have been trending up in the last several months at Steak 48, and McClaren feels confident that will continue. “As the theaters and convention centers open for larger gatherings, I anticipate we will see a correlating increase in larger group bookings, as well.” According to Domenick Savino, CPCE, chief executive officer for The Drexelbrook Special Event Center and Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel in Drexel Hill, PA, “As we move further into 2022, event profiles have changed from pre-pandemic events. Among the most frequently asked questions we are receiving is whether we can host hybrid events. At Drexelbrook, we invested heavily prior to the pandemic in both Internet and cell phone capability, so we are now in a perfect position to offer very high-speed wireless and, more importantly, we also back it up with ‘hard-wired’ Internet access as an extra safeguard.”

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For those looking to add true Italian flavor to their event, Maggiano's Little Italy creates that experience for them. In the short term, questions remain about mandates and protocols and whether they will continue to be relaxed. Regardless, Drexelbrook is ready and prepared to help clients navigate the changing landscape. “Overnight accommodations are also very important today,” explains Savino, “and our new 100-room Holiday Inn & Suites hotel, connected to our Event Center, is a huge benefit to our corporate clients.” Drexelbrook offers their clients and their guests many unique spaces, including everything from a high-ceiling, clear span grand ballroom to a newly reimagined conference center to outdoor terraces to their Mansion Ballroom. The venue also is completely ADA compliant and offers easy trade show load-in. In addition, Savino says, “We are proud to have the only STREETLIGHT Kitchen & Bar, which offers indoor and outdoor seating, local craft beers and a wood-burning oven.”

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Looking ahead, Savino has seen an uptick in inquiries for all types of events, though they have been tempered by concerns over any changes in CDC regulations. “The more that restrictions are lifted, the quicker the event industry will come back to fullstrength,” asserts Savino. Mid-Atlantic­EvEnts­Magazine ­37

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Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA strives to provide a comfortable and accommodating environment for clients and their guests as more planners seek to return to group dining. “Some clients have brought in a ‘safety station,’ while others have requested ample space between guests,” notes Ann Lipcsey, assistant director of sales for Peddler’s Village. “We also have been asked to open windows for air circulation. We always do whatever we can to bring comfort to our clients and their guests.” People have differing levels of comfort currently, and Peddler’s Village is able to offer an array of options when it comes to private events, whether for an intimate gathering or large celebration. “We have indoor event spaces at the Cock ‘n Bull, which can accommodate 20-200 guests, and

Earl’s New American for parties of 20-50,” Lipcsey explains. “We also have a spacious, open-air outdoor event tent that can accommodate 80 guests or more.” “We’ve been able to get more creative with our events, too,” Lipcsey adds, “hosting cocktail receptions in our iconic gazebo garden, which provides a charming, yet relaxed space for intimate events. For guests who want to make their special event a full weekend experience, they can stay at our very own on-property hotel, the Golden Plough Inn. With 66 charming guest rooms and suites spread throughout the Village, guests can stay, play and be safe.”

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Peddler’s Village is seeing an influx of events for 2022 as more people are ready to get out and celebrate once again, Lipcsey notes. “We are seeing more last-minute bookings than ever before, as well as smaller, more intimate events.” Another venue with plenty of options for groups seeking varied spaces and offerings is the one-year-old Live! Casino and Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. “Whether planning a one-day meeting or a multi-day conference, Live!’s team of seasoned event planners will handle every detail, including the creation of creative menus,” notes Kelley Maddox, vice-president of sales for Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia. “Live! can host a dinearound casino event, where our team will bring guests light bites and flavors of The Prime Rib, Luk Fu, Sports & Social, and Termini Brothers to their meeting room.” Mid-Atlantic­EvEnts­Magazine ­39

STREETLIGHT Kitchen & Bar at The Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill, PA, offering both indoor and outdoor seating, local craft beer, and a wood-burning oven; photo courtesy: The Drexelbrook

The Prime Rib offers multiple luxury private spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a custom-designed wine cellar with personalized audio-visual and lighting capabilities. Luk Fu, an Asian fusion restaurant, is equipped with two private rooms with the opportunity for karaoke. The venue features street art designs, graffiti-style murals and neon lights, which are complemented by a robust menu, cocktail list and selections of sake. Sports & Social features versatile space that includes a state-of-the-art AV system, 52-foot LED display, 24 televisions, booths, lounge areas, and a FanDuel Sportsbook and Lounge for entertaining any group. As the appetite for a return to in-person events continues to grow, these culinary professionals are prepared to work hand-in-hand with planners to ensure that every need is expertly attended to and every attendee savors not only the food, but also the experience.

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FranksWine.com NA DARK AND STORMY 2 oz Ritual Rum Alternative Fever Tree Ginger Beer Lime wedge Add ice to a cocktail glass Add in Ritual Rum Alternative Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer Garnish with lime wedge and serve

ZERO PROOF COCKTAILS “In the past couple of years, more people have become aware of their relationship with alcohol. Many times, at special events, individuals who don’t drink alcohol would love to have alternatives.” The NA Dark & Stormy is made the same way as the classic cocktail but uses a non-alcoholic rum. Ginger is the front and center taste of this drink, with added hints of warm vanilla, bitter orange, and toasted cinnamon. The Non-Alcoholic Negroni (NAgroni) is a take on the classic Negroni. It has the same slight bitterness and sweet aperitif tasting notes with the added botanicals from the gin alternative.

NON-ALCOHOLIC NEGRONI (NAGRONI) 2 oz DHOS non-alcoholic gin 1/2 oz Roots Divino NA aperitif 1/2 oz Stirrings blood orange bitters 1/4 oz Stirrings simple syrup Combine all ingredients and stir over ice. Strain and pour over ice in a chilled rocks glass.

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Creativity is Key Now, more than ever, planners are seeking industry partners who can bring expertise and experience to help with their upcoming events. There are many caterers able to do just that while elevating a meal function to the next level. Whether it’s experienced planners or those who plan only a few dinner meetings a year, most rely on caterers and their chefs to guide them when it comes to designing menus, keeping up with what’s new and trendy, and satisfying their group’s needs while also staying within budget.

Greg Shockley and his team at Sage Catering are definitely among these caterers, blending creativity with culinary skill to help their clients look like rock stars. Sage Catering brings the same quality food, impeccable service, and attention to detail to their corporate events and holiday parties as they do to galas, fundraisers and other social functions. Whether a client is looking for an off-site venue or to hold an event in their corporate headquarters, ­42 March­z April­2022

Sage creates a seamless experience for the planner and their guests. “We’re using our vast experience in social catering and applying that to the corporate world,” explains Executive Chef Greg Shockley, owner and co-founder of Sage Catering. “We put the same level of creative thought into all of our events. From an ‘Around the World’ theme to a formal gala, we will create and custom design a menu to fit our client’s needs.”

Sage works with each planner, as well as the host location, to design the event, the menu and every aspect of the occasion and to provide the planner and their attendees with a truly creative, unique and individualized experience. In fact, Greg notes that Sage customizes nearly every event menu. “Wedding clients are a one-time experience,” he explains. “Corporate clients may book you for dozens of events, and we will create unique menus for each one, always bringing in something fresh and new.” Several of Sage’s corporate clients, which include a number of law firms and tech companies, have been very pleased with the results. The desire to return to in-person meetings is strong, and it’s important to plan ahead and plan early. “From venues to vendors, planners are going to find that bookings are pushed out much further than past years,” Shockley explains. With corporate functions continuing to return, he adds that the event landscape is looking very positive. Sage Catering is excited to work with planners in bringing a creative approach to their corporate events while providing attendees with outstanding and unique dining experiences.

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Quick Trips Staycations With the arrival of spring and summer, groups and individuals are signaling that they are ready to travel once again for both business and pleasure, though many are looking to stay close to home. Destinations throughout the region are offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy activities as part of a short stay or a working vacation with colleagues or family.

Ware Center, downtown Lancaster, PA (top) and Amish buggies for sale at local mud sales; photos courtesy: DiscoverLancaster.com ­44 March­z April­2022

Check out some of the available opportunities in the coming months for those looking to get away or add a little recreation to their upcoming business trip.


Camelback Resort

Mount Airy Casino Resort

Hawley Silk Mill, The Boiler Room

Make your vision a reality in the Poconos, where you’ll find the space you need to collaborate with your team and build a successful future. Up-to-date amenities and all of the latest tech make hosting your next event in the Poconos a breeze. After your meeting or conference, it’s time to enjoy all the perks the Poconos has to offer, from enjoying a night out in our downtowns, sampling delicious drinks on our beverage trail, or hiking up our mountains for a gorgeous view. Email meetings@poconos.org to learn more.



Bucks County, PA Peddler’s Village is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2022. “This summer, experience larger-than-life sand sculptures created by award-winning master sand sculptors at Bucks County Beach Days: Sand Sculptures in the Village,” says Jenna Giuliani, business development and events manager, Visit Bucks County. “This free event, which begins June 1, will welcome four teams of world-renowned master sand sculptors who will bring sand to life, one grain at a time, paying homage to beautiful Bucks County, its landscapes, landmarks, and history.”

Chester County, PA Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great gardens and is home to the most significant fountain collection in North America. Its summer-long Festival of Fountains runs from May 5 through September 25. Then from June 30 until October 30, Thursday through Sunday evenings, the illuminated fountains will be paired with an art installation: Light: Installations by Bruce Munro that will feature 18,000 illuminated stemmed orbs lit by fiber optics along Longwood’s Large Lake, and there will be additional indoor and outdoor installations, as well. “Longwood Gardens is a wonderful summer destination for groups, couples and families,” notes Courtney Babcock, director of sales for the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau. “Plan a getaway at brandywinevalley.com to experience the glow of the gardens at night with several Chester County accommodations offering untimed tickets to Longwood Gardens.” Celebrate Independence Day this year at the Philly Balloon and Music Festival in Chester County, July 1-4, at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds. The county’s sky will come alive with 20-plus balloons daily. Activities include tethered balloon rides, live music, a beer garden and evenings featuring regional musicians and headlining bands. ­46 March­z April­2022

In addition, this spring, groups can check out the new TreeTrails Adventure Park at the Phoenix Sport Club in Trevose. The course is ideal for team building and consists of three different attractions: TreeTrails, Zip Racer, and Zip Trails.



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Lake Placid, NY This spring at the Olympic Jumping Complex, visitors can take a gondola ride to the top of the 120-meter ski jumping platform and experience what the jumpers see, which includes a panoramic view of the surrounding Adirondack High Peaks, and then afterward pay a visit to Big Slide Brewery. In summer, Lake Placid offers access to two stunning lakes. Mirror Lake is in the heart of the village, which offers a beach and a safe haven for swimming and paddling (no motors allowed). There is a summer concert series on Tuesdays, as well, and an hour-long boat tour on Lake Placid Lake that features views of Whiteface Mountain from the water. Enjoy a scenic ride to the top of the Cliffside Coaster and learn about the Olympic history of the Lake Placid Sliding Center. Riders have the ability to go as slow or as fast as they would like as they race alongside the 1980 bobsled track to the bottom of the Cliffside Coaster, the longest Mountain Coaster in the country, or guests can go ziplining at Experience Outdoors. The 120m ski jumping platform offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Adirondack High Peaks; photo courtesy: Lake Placid (ROOST), www.lakeplacid.com

Lower Level of the Catacombs at Bube's Brewery; photo courtesy: Discover Lancaster, PA

Lancaster County, PA Explore the sights, sounds, aromas and flavors of Lancaster Central Market downtown, America’s oldest continuously operating farmer’s market. Local culinary options range from distinctive cafés and craft breweries to famous PA Dutch dining and award-winning gourmet cuisine to a variety of ethnic eateries and homemade sweets and treats. Adjacent to the Lancaster County Convention Center are two great options, Plough and The Exchange, at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Also, in early 2022, nearby Southern Market began an exciting new chapter as a food hall and bar with area vendors. Check out Lancaster City’s eclectic arts scene, with galleries located downtown, then go in search of a treasure or two in Adamstown, Antiques Capital USA, where there are thousands of antique dealers. Lancaster County also is home to outlets and boutique stores along Main Streets.

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For so many who flock to Lancaster, watching as products are made locally has become a “must do” as part of their trip. Head to Kitchen Kettle Village to watch Pepper Lane Fudge & Sweets create tasty treats or visit the Jam & Relish Kitchen and see where they are made. Theatrical venues feature first-class musical, dramatic, spiritual, and comedic offerings, from Sight and Sound to American Music Theatre to Prima, and from Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to The Fulton to Bird-in-Hand Stage. Take part in local, up-close, and authentic tours of Amish farmlands, participate in the Turkey Hill Experience, or visit the area’s unique Amish “mud sales” in March and April - community auctions that benefit local fire companies and provide opportunities for good buys and great eats.


it’s Time to meet in Lancaster Whether you’re looking to hold a small corporate retreat, a reunion, a convention, or any other event, Lancaster County offers a variety of fantastic meeting venues in a picturesque location that are perfect for any occasion. We have approximately 8,200 overnight rooms and 1,000,000 square feet of meeting space, state-of-the-art technology and all the amenities you’ll need for an on-the-road office. Let us help you find the perfect venue. Contact cackerman@discoverlancaster.com


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Lehigh Valley, PA “We're hosting the U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley Country Club from June 21-26, 2022,” notes Alicia Quinn, CTA, vice president of marketing and strategic alliances for Discover Lehigh Valley. “The U.S. Senior Open is one of the five major championships in senior golf… recognized as a major championship by both the PGA Tour Champions and the European Senior Tour.” While in the area for the Open, visitors can explore the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, featuring shopping, dining, nightlife and more. Surrounding the country club are the nearby communities of Bethlehem, Hellertown and Center Valley, which bridge the gap between small-town feel and urban sprawl. Tie in an afternoon of wine tasting at Black River Farms, outdoor dining at MELT, and stop by Wind Creek® Bethlehem for gaming excitement and its variety of shopping and dining options. Starting June 4, Gran Fondo Hincapie is a multi-day cycling celebration with a scenic ride, live music, and family festival of fun, food and brew. Join thousands of cycling pros and first-time riders and choose between a 15-, 50-, and 80-mile ride on one of the scenic routes mapped and tested by George Hincapie. The music and pageantry of Drum Corps International - Eastern Classic returns to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown on August 5-6, 2022 as one of three major regional competitions for the organization and the last big contest before drum and bugle corps from around the country descend on Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN for the World Championships, August 11-13, 2022.

Pocono Mountains, PA Pocono Whitewater Adventures "Big Day Out!" starts with a hearty breakfast followed by a 23-mile mountain bike ride along the trail in the Lehigh Gorge State Park/D&L Trail, then a hike to an abandoned railroad tunnel at the Lehigh River, explains Brian Bossuyt, executive vice president and CMO for the Pocono Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Finally, the day ends with a whitewater rafting trip, a bonfire and dinner. These excursions are planned for weekends, including April 30, May 21, June 4 and 18, as well as every weekend in July and for three weekends in August.” Skirmish Paintball is a popular activity among those visiting the Poconos, too - the world’s largest paintball field with more than 50 fields of play. ­50 March­z April­2022

Also, there are guided tours every weekend of Pocono Organics, North America’s largest regenerative organic farm, where guests can tour greenhouses, learn about agriculture, and enjoy a meal in the market and cafe. Lastly, train and trolley rides are plentiful in many of the great small towns of the Pocono Mountains, such as Jim Thorpe, Honesdale and Delaware Water Gap. Honesdale even hosts the free Roots & Rhythm Music and Arts Festival on Father’s Day weekend this June.

Pocono Organics; photo courtesy: Pocono Mountains CVB

New York State, unlimited sampling from more than 200 carefully-crafted beers, a delectable food court and live music. It has been voted as one of the best beer festivals in the country by USA Today.”

Sullivan County, NY “This spring will be an exciting time here in the Sullivan Catskills,” observes Roberta ByronLockwood, president and CEO for the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association. In its 23rd year, the Tap NY Craft Beer & Food Festival will be held for the first time at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, May 21-22, 2022. “This two-day festival will feature 100 breweries from across

Check out the Sullivan Catskills Dove Trail, too, which originally was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival, and since has cemented its place as a legacy trail as more dove sculptures are continuously added to it. The current collection of 60 sculptures includes doves perched permanently in villages, towns and at several tourism businesses, each hand-painted by a professional local artist and inspired by the festival.

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Virginia Beach, VA Get outside and enjoy the fresh air while exploring the destination’s local flavors, colors and creations, including its farmers market, farm-to-table cuisine, the burgeoning art scene centered in Virginia Beach’s ViBe District, and its growing brewery and distillery scene. Another fun activity is a visit to The Adventure Park, which features over 258 adventure challenges and 27 ziplines. In addition, Virginia Beach’s Town Center is home to Muse Paint Bar and APEX Entertainment, both of which offer some great group activities that can be combined with a visit to YNot Wednesdays in the park in front of Sandler Performing Arts Center - a free concert series that features local artists and more from July through September.






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Wildwoods, NJ The Wildwoods are bursting with attractions from the beach and boardwalk to amusement parks, special events and festivals, bike paths, breweries, wineries, distilleries, and one-of-a-kind restaurants. The island community also boasts a unique visual flare, overflowing with authentic retro scenery, attractive landscapes, colorful neon lights and iconic buildings. Stretching for five-miles across North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, wide and spacious beaches are free to enjoy with no beach tags required for relaxing in the sun or adventurous activities on the water, such as surfing, fishing, boating, jetskiing, whale watching and more. In addition, there are 38-blocks of outdoor boardwalk fun and thrills with over 100 amusement rides and attractions and three beachfront waterparks, as well as unique shopping, carnival games and arcades, plus more than 300 eateries offering oneof-a-kind dining experiences. Visitors can take advantage of the Wildwoods’ scenic 12-mile round-trip bike path, too, as there are places along the boardwalk and throughout the island for renting bicycles. Be sure to snap a picture together at one of the many “Instagrammable” locations found here. The term “Instagrammable” is used to describe an

image or video worthy of sharing on Instagram, the popular social media platform. The Instagrammable possibilities are virtually endless in the Wildwoods! A trip to the Wildwoods would not be complete without a ride along the boardwalk on the iconic Tramcar. Next, check out the Doo Wop Experience Museum, which is adorned with vintage neon signs from the Wildwoods and ‘50s style bicycles. It includes The Jukebox Cafe and the Neon Garden, too - a showcase for the famous neon signs of the era.

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Thriving On

ROR by Lorraine Ranalli

Focus on the ROR rather than the ROI not only kept Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine in the game, but also enabled it to stay in touch at a time when a significant number of businesses switched gears. Since co-founding his hospitality trade magazine in 1987, return on relationships (ROR) always has been Jim Cohn’s goal. I reached out to him recently to find out how he was weathering the storm that brought the world to a grinding halt, especially the hospitality industry. “I don’t like the P-word,” Jim told me, referring to pivot, “instead, we adapted, tweaked and reenergized.” According to Jim, a full 90 percent of his clients and partners remain operational because they adapted, too. Unfortunately, that was not the case industry-wide, despite herculean efforts. Adapting, adjusting, and navigating ever-changing - often authoritarian - edicts certainly was not easy and took a toll on business owners. Leaning into ROR made all the difference for Jim - and it can for you, too.

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THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR In the late 1950s, Jim’s father took to the new rising radio industry. Fred Cohn left his position with a stationery supply company and began to offer a service to area radio stations. Fred printed weekly music surveys created by these stations that he then would distribute to record stores like Sam Goody, Wall to Wall Sound, and others. Consumers could grab their favorite radio station’s weekly Top 30 in the form of a small leaflet at almost any checkout counter. “We had a great list of stations: WIBG, WPEN, WHAT, WXTU, WDAS, WCAU-FM, WAEB, WUSL Power 99, etc. until about 1990,” Jim said. In the mid ‘70s, Fred Cohn Associates was asked to assist Delaware Valley Auto Spring company (as they were a client) and to help produce items for the launching of Shadow Traffic, an entity near and dear to my heart. Fred’s company produced logos, designs, and maps for the new traffic service. Yes, the use of paper maps was prevalent and remained so for two decades. Remember, this was before the Internet. Using advertising trade, that broadcasting business also started a dining club in Cherry Hill and Fred was called in to help the program. Clearly, Fred had a healthy entrepreneurial spirit. Jim is wired the same way, as you will see. Having worked with his father during high school and afterward, Jim started to go to clubs and networking events, which opened the door to relationships with several local celebrities, such as Philadelphia Eagles’ Ron Jaworski and the Flyers’ Broad Street Bullies, Bernie, MacLeish, Dave Schultz, Bob ‘Hound’ Kelly, and Joe Watson. Together this posse became increasingly visible at hospitality industry and social events throughout the tri-state area. Jim recognized the need to promote a calendar of events (as these celebs kept asking ‘what is next’) and to connect people in need of hospitality-related services with vendors and venues. From this idea, Events Magazine was born, and the first issue was distributed in 1987 (with the Flyers on the front cover) as a resource for anyone and everyone in the hospitality industry - venues, service providers, event planners, etc. In the early years, Jim’s company co-created and co-executed a number of memorable events, including: the Ham Ball on the Spirit of Philadelphia, sponsored by HoneyBaked Ham and featuring a who’s who of sports and local celebrities; Taste and Tour of the Countryside, which ran nearly two decades, and there were Iron Chef competitions and more within. “We help a lot of destinations promote themselves,” Jim said. “I never wanted to be a big magazine,” he added. Jim wanted to focus regionally, to be the go-to resource for the industry. He is committed to working closely with advertisers, so that together they become more entrenched in the community. Some of his longtime clients have never even signed a paper.

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THE MARCH 2020 MASSACRE Understanding how Jim’s business acumen was cultivated, it stands to reason that he would adapt when the rug was pulled out from beneath everyone. “I call March 2020 (leading up to) the St. Patty’s week Massacre,” he said. That is when things came to a halt, especially in hospitality, meetings, and tourism. Jim immediately took to co-creating a #hospitalityready video message with Kris Fair from Bluestone Country Club, Lois Switken, who was (then) recently laid off from the Franklin Institute, and Mario Oliveto of Oliveto Media who produced the piece. They featured representatives from destinations and venues across the five-county region saying, “We’re ready for you.” The video got a lot of play, but was a bit (or a lot as we now know) premature. Jim wanted to get ahead of re-openings, but did not anticipate the shutdowns would last as long as they have. Jim also kept a line of communication open to the industry via the Ask Jim feature on his web portal. In doing so, he learned that his readers liked receiving the magazine digitally. Though print always had been a good choice, he was not sure the postal service would reach the end users in a timely manner with so many forced to work from home meaning many mailing address changes, too. This revelation made the decision to go digital easy beginning with the May/June 2020 issue. This also made the Magazine very shareable. ­56 March­z April­2022

Ever-changing rules and guides were the big killer. Every time the hospitality industry thought the end was near, a new edict would be handed down that not only would force closures and cancellations, but also cost thousands in wasted inventory and extra PPE. Adding fuel to the fire, it became increasingly difficult to find employees - and remains so today. And, the trickledown effect on smaller businesses like florists, lighting and sound companies, entertainers, cleaning services, caterers, transportation, rentals, etc. was immense.

among the earliest to help, providing meals to first responders and others. “That’s why it is called the hospitality industry,” Jim noted.

As a result of the tumult, many within the industry bonded. “Industry leaders and competitors backed each other. We were in the same stormy ocean, but on different boats. We were on calls several times a week trying to all help each other,” Jim said.

Moving forward, Jim and others would like to see big box retailers, companies that benefitted from closures, delivery and on-line companies who, unlike Ma & Pa retailers, were given “a hall pass” to do business, start to step-up and sponsor events.

Some politicians also were looking for answers, and some hospitality industry leaders traveled to Harrisburg while working alongside PRLA. “It was frustrating to not have data, yet the industry was shut down. There was no clear plan for moving beyond this fiasco whenever that might be. When things began to reopen mid-2021, there were few incentives and little communication from government or the city,” Jim said. “The PPP was a lifeline for many.”


“As you know, restaurants got creative with their limited space, takeout options, and hours of operation just to keep their doors open and their employees working. Many business owners sacrificed their own salaries. Ironically, it was the restaurant industry who were

In addition to the Think Tanks, Jim offers clients the opportunity to explore new venues through Dine Arounds, where a group will visit maybe three, four or five restaurants in one evening, similar to a food tour or showcase events. On a grander scale, he has helped or-

For nearly two years, Jim has made himself available for conversations, and his Think Tank Talk format grew. Each month, Jim gathered with about ten hospitality professionals to discuss best practices during small round (or square) table discussions. He does this with specific audiences with a broad consortium of industry specialists. This format provides an opportunity to discuss business candidly.

ganize FAM Trips to introduce planners to destinations. Jim considers himself a ‘partner’ with these destinations. “I present rather than sell,” he said. He’s been doing this for about 20 years and finds these excursions particularly important now because companies are looking at drive-to destinations. “Our core market is basically within a 150-mile radius of Philadelphia.” Jim has not missed one day of work because of the pandemic and shutdowns. “We continued to educate readers about event planning and hospitality,” he said. “I’ve been busier these last 8 months than the last 8 years because of the changing landscape.”

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Jim said that because of pent-up demand, business came back immediately when restrictions were eased spring of 2021, and then, of course, changed a few months later with the new spread. This last month started the new climb out of the hole. People are seeking camaraderie and to reconnect at the professional level, too. When Jim opened his office to clients and readers who needed a place to work, some came to use a desk, others came just to talk.

As always, Jim will continue to place his efforts on relationship building, which has always provided a return. Lorraine Ranalli is a radio personality, published author, and corporate communications professional who specializes in messaging, branding, and Public Speaking coaching. Wife, mother, and Delco proud round out her other titles. lorraineranalli.com

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Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE is connected directly to the 180-room Westin Wilmington Hotel, together offering more than 90,000-square feet of meeting and exhibit space; photo courtesy: Greater Wilmington CVB; credit: Moonloop Photography

OVERVIEW According to Joe Valenti, marketing manager for the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware, "Wilmington has many of the amenities of a large city, with the accessibility of a small town. You can get from downtown to the riverfront in just minutes... Riverfront Wilmington offers plenty of free parking, and most attractions are a walkable distance from each other." "The riverfront has something that will appeal to all demographics, with indoor and outdoor dining, museums, sporting events, live music and our scenic Riverwalk and environmental trails," Valenti continues. Spring and summer are some of the best times to be at the riverfront, "as we offer many seasonal attractions like mini golf, bike rentals, boat tours of the river, happy hour events on our tiki boat and at the beer garden, outdoor dining, concerts and other outdoor events." ­58 March­z April­2022

WHAT’S NEW On the hotel front, a number of new properties are coming online in Wilmington. Driftwood Capital is in the midst of a $31-million conversion of a former downtown office building into a brand-new Staybridge Suites. Downtown Wilmington also will welcome its first luxury boutique hotel later this year. The new Method Co. conceptualized property will be housed in a historic two-story Victorian Romanesque brownstone designed by Frank Furness, architect of the Wilmington Train Station. Work has also begun on Avenue North, a mixed-use development in North Wilmington that is slated to include a ninestory hotel. On Main Street in Newark, home to the University of Delaware, a hotel construction project being led by Lang Development is under way. The finished product, a Hyatt Place, will preserve the town’s historic Green Mansion by incorporating the 1882 structure into its design. The Chase Center on the Riverfront has brought on an allnew, seasoned management and sales team led by general

manager Ed O’Boyle who previously served for nearly 15 years as director of sales and marketing for the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The sales team includes industry veteran Julie Shaw as director of sales, as well as Michelle Fiorelli and Robin Coffield. The Main Event Newark in the Christiana Mall complex is developing a new corporate team building program. The Main Event offers bowling, virtual reality, laser tag, billiards, story rooms, mini golf, rock climbing, meeting space and more – all under one roof – and is available for full facility buyouts. There is a lot happening at area attractions, too. The Delaware Museum of Natural History has rebranded itself as the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. A great space for hosting events, it is reaching the final stages of a major renovation and plans a late-May grand reopening. The iconic Playhouse on Rodney Square also has been completely redone. Patrons will love the new interior and comfortable seating at this 108-year-old venue, the oldest theater in continuous use on the Broadway circuit.

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Burger and fries at Snuff Mill Restaurant, Butchery and Wine Bar in Wilmington, DE; photo courtesy: Greater Wilmington CVB

This summer, Hagley Museum and Library will open Nation of Inventors, a two-floor exhibit that features nearly 120 patent models, making it the first large-scale, permanent exhibition of patent models in the U.S. The Delaware Art Museum’s “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection” runs through June 5, 2022, and showcases examples of Tiffany windows, stained glass, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, and paintings inspired by the natural world. Another much-anticipated exhibit, “From Winterthur to the White House,” at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library will run from May 7 through January 8, 2023. The exhibit focuses on the fascinating partnership between Jacqueline Kennedy, the youngest First Lady in American history, and octogenarian collector Henry Francis du Pont when she tapped him to lead her project to restore the White House interiors.

FOOD AND DRINK Food & Wine magazine has advised that “Wilmington’s food scene deserves your attention.” Recent years have seen the city go through a restaurant boom that has garnered national ­60 March­z April­2022

accolades, and that is just the beginning. Northern Delaware has a number of new and soon-to-open restaurant projects that will further elevate the local dining scene. Wilmington’s Bardea Steak was recently named by Vogue magazine as one of America’s most anticipated restaurant openings of 2022. Just up the street is Wilma’s, which offers a fun Cajun-inspired menu and the opportunity for guests to try their hand at duckpin bowling. DE.CO, Wilmington’s up-market food hall, is once again completely occupied by food vendors. Newcomers include Taqueria El Chingnon by Bardea, and vegan stall Delectablez. Conference goers love DE.CO because it’s a convenient place to get a quick gourmet bite to eat with options to suit nearly any food preference. Just a short walk from the Chase Center along the Wilmington riverfront, Taco Grande opened in summer 2021, serving up Mexican cuisine with views of the Christina River. Another stand-out is Snuff Mill Restaurant, Butchery and Wine Bar in Northern Wilmington. Reservations at this Chef Robert Lhulier’s eatery have been

hard to score since it opened its doors in late summer 2021. Sonora opened last summer in Newark, the descendant of one of the region’s hottest food trucks, offering gourmet comfort food and craft cocktails. Helmed by acclaimed Philadelphia chef and restaurateur Tyler Akin, Le Cavalier at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington aspires to artfully blur the lines between approachability and elegance, while honoring the deep equestrian tradition of the Brandywine River Valley. It features a menu influenced by the flavors of North Africa and Provençe with thoughtfully sourced French classics and inventive riffs on French staples paired with natural wines.

MOVING FORWARD “We are very optimistic about the coming year,” explains Jennifer Boes, executive director, Greater Wilmington CVB. “We are seeing leads begin to pick up again and are kicking our marketing efforts into high gear. We are returning to trade shows again full-force and are upping our sales strategies.” The bureau is also focusing on growing its role as a conduit for industry collab-

oration, bringing its partners together so they can share best practices and identify ways they can work together to make their collective offerings to the meetings and conventions market stronger. “For starters,” notes Boes, “we are finding new ways to connect our partners with new networking opportunities by inviting them to attend events through our sponsorships or at a discounted price on their own. To further incentivize meeting planners, we have revised our incentive program to make it easier for planners to use. It is open to new and returning groups with 50 or more room nights. Finally, our Threshold360 program introduced in 2020 gives meeting planners an opportunity to view 360-degree virtual tours of many of our hotels and event spaces as part of the early proposal stages.” Boes says that Greater Wilmington and Northern Delaware serve as a convenient, central location for conventions due to its proximity to so many cities and population centers and easy access to the area. It also is very versatile in terms of the venues the region offers, a strong selling point to event

planners looking to do something a little different with their events. “Our facilities have the flexibility to accommodate small breakout session as well as larger gatherings with room for physical distancing,” Boes explains. “We’ve also got unique spaces for those that want to offer an element of fun and innovation to their attendees. The Wilmington riverfront, for one, offers conference-goers easy access to a variety of dining, entertainment and outdoor adventure options once the work portion of their day has wrapped.” “We are very optimistic that meetings and conventions will return in 2022,” assures Boes. “People are ready to travel for business again and meet in person... As we move into spring, leisure travel will continue to be robust, exceeding the rebound we saw last year as there is still a pent-up demand for travel.” Boes adds that, as travel rebounds after the impact of the pandemic, the Wilmington area will serve as a great choice for those who want to meet and vacation closer to home

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Cape Henlopen State Park lighthouses in Southern Delaware; photo courtesy: Southern Delaware Tourism

this year. “You don’t have to fly or drive far to get here. Expenses for lodging and meals are also less here than in neighboring metro markets. That bodes well for us.”

SOUTHERN DELAWARE / SUSSEX COUNTY visitsoutherndelaware.com WHAT’S NEW Southern Delaware welcomes the openings of several new properties in 2022, including: the Hyatt House Lewes-Rehoboth Beach; a new Avid Hotel in Millsboro; the newly revamped Hotel Bethany Beach (formerly a Holiday Inn Express just two blocks from the beach); a new Microtel in Rehoboth Beach; and the Camp Arrowhead Retreat Center on a wooded property on Rehoboth Bay for groups of up to 375 people. Southern Delaware Tourism will be continuing and expanding their recently introduced “Bike and Stay” and “Paddle and Stay” packages. Guests at participating hotels can bike or paddle Southern Delaware’s scenic land or water trails while receiving exclusive offers from restaurants, breweries, distilleries and shops. Available through an app or by refer­62 March­z April­2022

encing the packages when making their hotel reservations, participants will receive a code upon check-in that gives them access to an interactive trail map and special offers from area businesses. Delaware Cultured Seafood Oyster Tours are available from May through November. One such tour, "Seed to Supper," takes place on land and on the water guiding participants through the entire lifespan of an oyster raised at Delaware Cultured Seafood. The Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation (DAMF) Warbird Flight Adventures in Georgetown offer a limited time opportunity for guests to soar on the wings of the legendary aircraft in the DAMF collection, including their B-25J Mitchell "Panchito", Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog, and Aeronca L-16. Additionally, DAMF has partnered with the Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, located in Culpeper, VA, to offer a unique opportunity to fly in a combination of warbirds not available anywhere else. Dickens Parlour Theatre is moving to a larger venue this year in Ocean View this spring. The new 5,000-square foot venue will include a dining room for about 100 people and a performance room, and will be located on the same property as Good Earth Market and Restaurant, a short drive from Bethany Beach.

Fresh seafood is a popular choice at several restaurants throoughout Southern Delaware; photo courtesy: Southern Delaware Tourism

FOOD AND DRINK Some notable changes along Southern Delaware’s Culinary Coast™ include: Lewes Brewing Co. in Lewes, which is projected to open in the fall of 2022 with a tasting room, indoor and outdoor seating; Bethany Bay Brewing will open in Ocean View; and Ocean View Brewing Company, a new brewpub by the Rehoboth-based hospitality company SoDel Concepts, will open this spring for lunch and dinner. Additionally, Starboard Claw will open a two-level restaurant with outdoor dining in the former Hammerheads Dewey Beach property. The popular Lewes restaurant, Agave, recently opened its second location on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach. Agave Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar offers a lounge, tequila bar, and Mexican cuisine. Coming soon in Lewes, DelawareToday’s “Best of Delaware” award-winning chef Sean Corea and hospitality veteran Tom Little will join forces as members of the restaurant management team opening the Lewes Oyster House. Finally, Brimming Horn Meadery in Milton is introducing its new Hammer and Horns Food Truck, open every Thursday through Sunday.

MOVING FORWARD With increased interest in drive-to destinations since the pandemic, for travelers who want to enjoy scenic beauty, warm weather, outdoor activities, dining in regional restaurants, and visits to historical sites, Southern Delaware is well positioned to be their destination of choice. Additionally, the local tourism businesses are now well versed in how to keep visitors safe and healthy. The abundant outdoor adventure, team building and relaxation options, as well as Culinary Coast™ dining, and wide variety of meeting and retreat venues, combine to make Southern Delaware an ideal destination for businesses wanting to gather employees or clients in more open, less urban settings with big city amenities. Mid-Atlantic­EvEnts­Magazine ­63



Atrium of the Jack C. Taylor Conference Center in Annapolis, MD; photo courtesy: Visit Annapolis; credit: U.S. Naval Institute

ANNAPOLIS & ANNE-ARUNDEL COUNTY visitannapolis.org WHAT’S NEW The official opening of the permanent exhibition Annapolis: An American Story is slated for March 19, 2022 at the Museum of Historic Annapolis downtown. The million-dollar exhibit provides an engaging introduction to the rich history of a city that once served as the nation’s capital and shares the dramatic stories of Annapolis and its diverse people. The National Cryptologic Museum is planning a grand reopening to the public in August 2022. Located adjacent to National Security Agency’s headquarters at Ft. George G. Meade, the museum is creating a reimagined experience of cryptologic history that includes a renovated building and transformed exhibits. ­64 March­z April­2022

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View of Fell's Point in Baltimore, MD from The Admiral Fell Inn, which plays host to a wide range of events with catering services provided by the Alfred Restaurant Group; photo courtesy: Collins + Co.

In April 2021, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater completed architectural renovations to Woodlawn, a 1735 residence that is the oldest building in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection still in its original location. In summer 2022, the house will open to the public for the first time and a new historical exhibit will tell the story of the many people who have called the area home. The U.S. Naval Institute held the dedication and grand opening of the high-tech Jack C. Taylor Conference Center in September 2021. The center has a sustainable design that meets LEED certification standards and also Department of Defense force protection standards. The venue adjoins the U.S. Naval Institute’s headquarters on the Yard of the U.S. Naval Academy. The Graduate Annapolis Hotel opened the Trophy Room restaurant in April 2021, which features an airy open floor plan and leads to a wide outside patio with a conversation pit and a covered, street-facing gallery for outdoor dining. The health-centric eatery, True Food Kitchen, opened at the Annapolis Town Center in July 2021. The restaurant serves seasonally changing menus built around an anti-inflammatory food pyramid championed by founder Dr. Andrew Weil and features a dining room, open ­66 March­z April­2022

kitchen, a full-service bar, private dining area and a covered patio.

MOVING FORWARD “We are inviting individuals to choose their own unique adventures in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County,” says Susan Seifried, vice president, public relations and communications for Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. “Now, more than ever, visitors are looking for personalized, meaningful experiences that resonate with who they are and who they want to be. These last two years have taught all of us a lot. Life is short. It’s meant to be embraced, celebrated, lived to the fullest.” “We’re inviting first-time visitors to escape from the ordinary by trying us out, and we’re encouraging returning guests to dig a little deeper into the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County experience,” Seifried continues. “From getting out on the water to retracing our history; from blazing a new trail in our great outdoors to discovering our vibrant arts and entertainment scene; or embarking on a culinary adventure, each offering serves as the foundation for crafting a once in a lifetime experience… Study after study has shown individuals are ready to travel. They want to make up for lost time, and Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County wants to help.”

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BALTIMORE baltimore.org In late 2021, Visit Baltimore, the official destination sales and marketing organization for the city, met with its stakeholders and partners at the B&O Railroad Museum. Over 200 travel industry professionals attended the in-person event, which highlighted Baltimore’s tourism industry recovery along with Visit Baltimore’s sales, marketing and communication efforts through the past two years. “The last year-and-a-half has really shown us just how resilient, creative and flexible the Baltimore tourism and hospitality community is,” said Al Hutchinson, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore. “This experience serves as a reminder of our purpose to not only improve quality of life for our visitors, but also for our community by driving economic impact that goes back into our city. We are full of hope for the future of our industry and for Baltimore.” The event featured a presentation by keynote speaker Adam Sacks, founder and President of Tourism Economics, who

discussed travel trends in the Baltimore region and details about the travel industry’s recovery nationwide. “With vaccination rates increasing and consumer confidence returning, Baltimore occupancy and visitation has begun its ascent and is entering into the next phase of recovery,” said Sacks. More recently, Hutchinson noted, “Businesses in hospitality and tourism have arguably been hardest hit by the pandemic... The leisure and hospitality industry has averaged 108,000 new jobs per month over the past three months, making right now the best time for employees to return to jobs in the travel industry. People are more eager than ever to travel, and we want to make sure we greet them with enthusiastic ambassadors who are passionate about a long-

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Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum in Chesapeake Beach, MD; photo courtesy: Calvert County Department of Economic Development 2021. This quaint museum, housed in the original railroad depot, tells the story of the amusement park and boardwalk that were built in the Town of Chesapeake Beach in the early 1900s, as well as the railway that brought in visitors from Washington, DC. SpringHill Suites Prince Frederick Marriott is currently being refreshed with a new look, while the former Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center and Marina is now the independently owned Solomons Inn Resort and Marina. term career in hospitality, especially as we welcome large events like the upcoming 2022 CIAA Basketball Tournament.”

THINGS TO DO The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, home of Guinness in the U.S. and the center of its experimental beers, is hosting a month-long celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. With free entry for all, guests visiting the two-acre lawn and three-story brewery will discover the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day experience in the nation, where more than two and a half centuries of Irish brewing experience and American craft beer creativity meet. Festivities will take place over 16 days in March when the brewery is open (every Thursday through Sunday). Highlights include limited edition beer releases and merchandise, live music, an Irish Village lawn takeover with immersive experiences, and special menus – including a secret one entirely in Gaelic. Charitable donations will be made to community partners, Sharp Dressed Man and Civic Works Real Food Farm.

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From mixology to quick appetizers to baking, the culinary experiences at No Thyme to Cook are a combination of hands-on and demonstration classes. With new kitchens at their location overlooking the water, they have seating at the counter for those who prefer to relax and watch the cooking, as well as cook stations complete with burners, cookware and all the tools necessary for participants to prepare their meals themselves.

MOVING FORWARD “From how we meet, to where we meet, and what we eat, many of our customers are slowly, deliberately moving toward in-person meeting again... There is no replacement for in-person working, brain storming and gatherings,” notes Mellanie Teed, director of sales, Hilton Garden Inn Solomons. “Since we are near many attractions such as the Calvert Marine Museum, Chesapeake Beach, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Running Hare Vineyard, Herrington on the Bay and Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, we expect people to be itching to get out and about and see each other again in the coming months. We are expecting to fill our meeting rooms with business functions and social gatherings in 2022,” exclaims Mina Kim, director of sales for Springhill Suites by Marriott Prince Frederick.

WHAT’S NEW Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort is in the process of an ongoing renovation. The resort currently boasts four restaurants, including the new 1936 Bar and Grill, charter fishing opportunities, gaming, a spa, hotel, meeting rooms and live entertainment in a band shell adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay. Future upgrades will include additional hotel rooms, more gaming space and more restaurants. Located in the parking lot of the Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort, the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum was renovated in ­68 March­z April­2022

GARRETT COUNTY garrettheritage.com deepcreekgroups.com WHAT’S NEW Opening spring of 2022, The Performing Arts Center at Garrett College will provide Garrett County with a state-ofthe-art performing arts center for entertainment, large

groups and meetings. The space will include a theater space with seating for 450, three meeting spaces for up to 300 people, as well as various multi-use spaces.

MOVING FORWARD “Garrett County is a four-season destination and attracts over 1.4-million visitors annually,” explains Kim Folk, Heritage Area and groups director for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Year-round attractions and events are planned, such as the Fire on the Mountain 4th of July fireworks over the lake, and one of the largest autumn festivals in the country is Autumn Glory in October, rated the #1 Fall Festival by MSN, USA Today and Yahoo. In addition to events, the area offers watersports, fishing, golf, hiking, biking, arts and entertainment and many other attractions sure to please a wide variety of guests.”

HOWARD COUNTY howardcountytourism.com WHAT’S NEW In November of 2021, Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel opened on Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia. The location was formerly home to the Sheraton Columbia Town Center and underwent a full remodel and rebrand over nearly two years. Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel is a Marriott Autograph location property with dining, a bar and cafe, fitness center, meeting and event space, and a rooftop swimming pool that overlooks the lake. The property is within walking distance to the rest of the Columbia lakefront, downtown Columbia, and the Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The Merriweather District in downtown Columbia continues its modern development. Some of the new restaurants opening here in 2022 include: a Chef Peter Chang inspired establishment; Toastique (gourmet toast and juice bar); and Po Boy Jim Bar and Grill, adding another location to the franchise with a sister site in Washington, DC. The Merriweather District also had a second successful year of its Ice-Skating Rink in ColorBurst Park this past winter. Heading into the spring and summer, Busboy and Poets has opened its flagship location in the park and will hold multiple events throughout the year.

MOVING FORWARD Looking ahead, tourism is expected to be strong in Howard County, notes Eric Teisch, sales and membership director for Visit Howard County. “We are coming out of the latest wave and the weather will be warming up. On the schedule, there are many festivals returning, the youth sports tournaments that travel in the area are filling up, and concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion look to be driving demand and new travelers. Visit Howard County is hopeful to continue to see increases in not only the number for travelers to the county, but in the distance that travelers are coming from, as well.” “For the hospitality industry, Visit Howard County continued to work with the County government, Howard County Cham-

Exterior of the Woodmount Bethesda Marriott in downtown Bethesda, MD; photo courtesy: CVB of Montgomery County, MD

Historic Savage Mill in Savage Mill has rebranded and is now Savage Mill or “The Mill,” a collection of unique shops, small businesses and restaurants. Its mission is to support #shopsmall and help small businesses thrive and bring the community together. Savage Mill now hosts Maryland’s first Dive Bar and Grille, as well. Ellicott City is celebrating its sestercentennial in a year-long celebration of the town, which was settled by the Ellicott brothers 250 years ago within the Patapsco Valley between Baltimore and Washington, DC. EC250 will celebrate the history and charm of Ellicott City, known as a birthplace of the nation’s industrial revolution, which also houses the oldest remaining passenger train station in the U.S. as a part of the first 13-miles of railroad built in 1830. Mid-Atlantic­EvEnts­Magazine ­69

The Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD recently celebrated the unveiling of its expansion; photo courtesy: Ocean City, Maryland CVB ber of Commerce, and Howard County Economic Development Authority to shed light on the labor shortages in the hospitality industry,” Teisch continues. “As we have mentioned, there is the expectation that the number of travelers will grow, but Howard County wants to be able to provide exceptional service to every visitor to create an appeal that will make them want to return. Visit Howard has begun to explore avenues to assist in hospitality workforce development and expects this role to continue to increase as the busy spring and summer seasons approach.”

MONTGOMERY COUNTY visitmontgomery.com MOVING FORWARD WHAT’S NEW Having opened on March 1, 2022, Marriott Bethesda Downtown is adjacent to the new Marriott International headquarters and is part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of hotels. It features 245 guest rooms, Seventh State restaurant, the exclusive MClub for Marriott Bonvoy Elite Members, a greatroom, lobby bar, and the Hip Flask rooftop lounge, as well as nearly 8,000-square feet of state-of-the-art pre-function and event space. The hotel is close to a myriad of dining, nightlife, attractions and shopping experiences in both downtown Bethesda and Washington, DC, and is within walking distance to the Bethesda Metro station located on the Red Line. Opening in May 2022, AC Hotel Bethesda will feature a clean, minimalist design, 220 guest rooms, and a multi-use conference center. TopGolf in Germantown is Montgomery County’s newest entertainment venue with flexible meeting and entertainment space. The state-of-the-art facility can accommodate a variety of group sizes in climate-controlled hitting bays or one of their versatile event spaces, including a signature room, conference room, lower-level lounge and rooftop terrace. The rio in Gaithersburg recently completed a $30-million facelift of the 716,000-square foot shopping and entertainment complex. Its transformation features a slate of new restaurants, including a Silver Diner, a renovated AMC movie theater, Dave and Busters, additional outdoor seating areas, and an expanded boardwalk surrounding the property's nine-acre lake.

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Montgomery County also is a hub for hospitality and tourism. Marriott International, Choice Hotels, B.F. Saul Company, Federal Realty Investment Trust, Freeman Companies, Sodexo, and Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. all are headquartered here. The county also offers an extensive array of wide-open spaces, unique venues and walkable town centers. Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring feature thriving downtown districts that provide a variety of things to do for attendees including restaurants, shopping and entertainment. “As groups and meetings return, our destination is wellsuited to support different levels of travel confidence with all the outdoor activities and attractions and also the peace-ofmind that our area is not crowded,” notes Cory Van Horn, MAFS, director of marketing, Visit Montgomery, Maryland. “Lots of new experiences, friendly and welcoming communities, and hospitality folks that are eagerly awaiting to welcome them through their doors and literally throw down the ‘red carpet.’ Our local industry has always been known as going above and beyond, and it will be evident to groups and meetings that their objectives are important as well as the safety and wellbeing of their attendees.”

OCEAN CITY ococean.com WHAT'S NEW "After 22-months of COVID-19 and cancellations, we’re happy to say that we had our first client, the Optimist Seaside Boat Show, using our new 30,000-square feet exhibit

space. We celebrated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring the Honorable Governor Larry Hogan and our Mayor, Richard Meehan, leading the festivities while thousands marveled at the boats and our new spaces," proclaims Larry Noccolino, executive director of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. In addition to the convention center expansion, several restaurants and eateries have recently opened in the Ocean City area, notes Kim Mueller, director of sales for the Ocean City, MD CVB. One such restaurant is Spain, a rooftop wine bar, which serves up Mediterranean dishes along with spectacular, unobstructed views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Assateague Island.

“We feel Ocean City will again be a top destination on the East Coast this summer for families, as well as convention and group attendees,” asserts Norma Dobrowolski, destination sales and Ocean City CVB manager. “With our beautiful beach and wide-open spaces and waterways, we are the perfect place for folks to reemerge from the last two years. We know that our local businesses have made improvements and renovations and are anxious again to meet the challenges of the summer season as well as expansion into the shoulder season with more concerts, sports and spectator events in town.”

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY experienceprincegeorges.com

Pier 23, also newly opened, is the first waterfront container food port in Ocean City. A Margaritaville Hotel and Resort will open in Ocean City this year, as well. The Black-Eyed Susan Riverboat will return this spring and offer cocktail receptions, dancing and dinner theater performances as guests cruise along the Pocomoke River.

MOVING FORWARD "While meetings are slowly returning we are welcoming an exciting increase in sporting events from volleyball, wrestling, to bull riding," observes Mueller.

WHAT’S NEW Prince George’s County continues to develop in multiple sectors, and businesses that took a pause are now returning with fresh visions and initiatives. Interest is growing in sports tourism in the area, too, and a new premium sports complex is slated to open this spring that will feature 10 lit fields for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, football and rugby, plus on-site dining, hotel and entertainment options. This complex is emblematic of the offerings that will be available for sports enthusiasts along with the professional golf, baseball and football teams in the area.

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The dining scene also is evolving with the Gateway Arts District’s miXt Food Hall that features a combination of art and innovative culinary experiences. Era Wine Bar is new and generating rave reviews for their wines and delectable eats. Newcomer Suga & Spice boasts flavors from the South and the Caribbean. One of Prince George’s most highly anticipated events is the renowned Washington International Horse Show that will take place at the Show Place Arena in October. The Hall CP, located next to The Hotel at The University of Maryland in College Park, is steadily becoming a beloved space to hold meetings, special events, and more. This expansive mixed-use space features great interiors and exteriors that make it ideal for holding gatherings of all sizes and themes.

MOVING FORWARD “Over the past 24 months, we have made it our priority to remain visible and top-of-mind to meetings, conference and event planners as well as group tour operators,” explains Rhonda Walker, interim director of sales and marketing for Experience Prince George’s. “As a result of staying abreast with the day-to-day changes in the industry, we utilized this window to create new collateral. Our organization has developed two new videos that will be used to promote our destination and as an ideal location for meetings and conferences.” “In order to stay connected,” Walker continues, “we have participated in trade shows, attended in-person conferences and networking events. Some events have been a combination of hybrid and in-person. We also have applied grassroots outreach to connect with key leaders and organizers within MICE. This spring, we will be launching a new campaign that will showcase tourism and leisure, and meetings and events.” "Spring is a vibrant time as visitors are drawn to the Cherry Blossom Festival and our array of outdoor parks, historic sites and the DC museums,” Walker continues. “Looking ahead, we anticipate that visitors will express even greater curiosity to explore our tourism product along with the selection of entertainment, events, and programs within the arts.”

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WASHINGTON COUNTY visithagerstown.com WHAT’S NEW Hagerstown and Washington County continue to serve as a place for outdoor recreations and smaller unique meeting venues in a convenient location. Recent additions to the area include a new Visitor Center and exhibits at the Antietam National Battlefield, which also serves as an ideal venue for retreats and team building through guided tours.

MOVING FORWARD “Our destination remains a location providing open space and a variety of services offered by Visit Hagerstown from issuing RFPs to advice on grants, sponsorships, and assistance with public relations,” notes Tiffany Ahalt, director of sales for Visit Hagerstown. “Some of the new plans for our organization and destination include the creation of a destination training program to provide a positive visitor experience with all our industry partners, and to complement workforce training programs.” “We are very excited to see the groundbreaking for a new baseball stadium and event facility located in the heart of Hagerstown,” Ahalt adds. “The CVB also will start to look at opportunities associated with opening a new Welcome Center within the next few years.”




“Wicomico County has been open for meetings, events and getaways, and we continue to welcome business and leisure visitors. Our department includes the Wicomico Civic Center, at which we host concerts, dinner and show events, meetings, weddings and more. With some pandemic-related adjustments, Wicomico County continued to host the USSSA Eastern National Championships, among other sports tournaments, in 2020 and 2021,” explains Vanessa Junkin, marketing and public relations manager for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

WHAT’S NEW Wicomico County recently welcomed several new attractions. Visitors to Wicomico County can travel along the Chesapeake Country All-American Road, a 419-mile journey along Maryland’s Eastern Shore that received the All-American Road designation in 2021. In Downtown Salisbury, people can catch a show at Revival or learn about history at the Lynching in Wicomico County Historic Marker. Food lovers can take the Heart of Salisbury Foodie Tour in Downtown Salisbury or head to North Salisbury for a beer at Burnish Beer Co. Other new restaurants and shops include: A Salt Shack; Baywater Trading Co.; Brazilian Taste; Mission BBQ; Playa Bowls; Rust and Honey Co.; and Two Scoops Ice Cream and Waffles.

In addition to the multipurpose Wicomico Civic Center, there also are many other meeting places in Wicomico County, ranging from hotels to restaurants to private venues to the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and the Salisbury Zoo. “Wicomico County has a full-slate of sporting events on the schedule for 2022, including baseball, softball, wrestling and basketball tournaments,” Junkin adds. “Individual athletes can take part in the Salisbury Marathon or Half Marathon, the Nanticoke River Multisport Festival, or one of many smaller events. The National Folk Festival returns in August, and we’re also looking forward to events like the Wicomico County Fair and the Good Beer Festival.”

Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD; photo courtesy: Wicomico County Tourism

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Beth Lawrence

Carolyn Muldoon

Kevin Kelly

A COHNversation with Jim: One

Teri Jakob

Year Later

With things moving so rapidly these days, I wanted to hear from some of our planner readers. Here is what a few of them had to say. What types of meetings or events are you planning or seeing as the most popular as we move into spring? “Rural destinations have been gaining in favor from events-starved company facilitators. They're seeking locales which provide a more scenic backdrop (like Lancaster, the Tidewater Region, and the Poconos) in lieu of cities right now.” “Companies also are expanding their scope of travel. Whereas, in the past, they might have pre-selected a nearby city to host a larger meeting, these same outfits are now more willing to add a few hours of road or plane travel to their attendees' dockets to enjoy warmer locales offering more outdoor-related activities.” Ken Alan, Corporate Concierge, CBRE

Is there anything that destinations, hotels, resorts, conference centers, restaurants, and caterers can do to help you ‘sway’ your team to move the events forward? “Offer an array of outdoor meeting and event opportunities.” Ken Alan, Corporate Concierge, CBRE ­74 March­z April­2022

What types of meetings or events are you planning or seeing as the most popular as we move into spring? “We have an in-person Executive Retreat scheduled for mid-March in the Middleburg, VA area, and an in-person Board of Directors Meeting in early April at our Headquarters with one off-site dinner for about 80-100 people. Our four Spring Committee Week Meetings in Seattle will be in-person and we hope, after 2 years of virtual meetings, that we will have robust attendance, hopefully close to pre-pandemic levels.” Kevin M Kelly, CMP, DES, CASE, Director of Meetings & Special Events, ASTM INTERNATIONAL

Is there anything that destinations, hotels, resorts, conference centers, restaurants, and caterers can do to help you ‘sway’ your team to move the events forward? “If our members’ corporation, government agency or organization does not support meeting in person presently, or if they individually do not feel safe travelling, meeting in-person, etc., there is nothing ASTM International, a destination, hotel, venue, etc. can do to make them want to attend in-person. Suppliers must continue to follow the science, mandates, safety protocols, etc. and promote the vaccine rates in their areas and all the measures being taken to ensure health and safety for in-person meetings and events. “ Kevin M Kelly, CMP, DES, CASE, Director of Meetings & Special Events, ASTM INTERNATIONAL

What types of meetings or events are you planning or seeing as the most popular as we move into spring? “The meetings that I am planning this spring are still mostly virtual. My private clients seem to be getting back to normal a bit more with the in-person trainings, however, the public classes that are open enrollment aren’t coming back in-person as fast.” Carolyn Muldoon, Director of Operations, Training Camp

What types of meetings or events are you planning or seeing as the most popular as we move into Spring? “I am excited to be planning a variety of events! This year is definitely going to be EVENTful. I have spent the pandemic learning and growing and have educated myself on best practices for our industry, including pandemic on-site protocols and event design. I have a small fundraising gala planned for late March: The 2022 Return of An Evening at the Bazaar, featuring a marketplace of generosity! It will incorporate a virtual component and will be our first live indoor event since we canceled this in March 2020. I also have three golf tournaments planned throughout central Pennsylvania. It's going to be a busy spring!” “All of my planning committees and attendees are asking what the virtual option is for the events. Event professionals need to continue to be creative about incorporating virtual experiences into our meeting plans. The audience and needs of the virtual attendee are different - it shouldn't be just a video of the live remarks. No one wants to watch another talking head Zoom meeting. Virtual attendees want to feel engaged.” Teri Jakob, CMP, CMM, Manager, Special Events & Partnership Giving, UPMC Pinnacle Foundation

Is there anything that destinations, hotels, resorts, conference centers, restaurants, and caterers can do to help you ‘sway’ your team to move the events forward? “Our in-person events will never go away, but if our students are happy learning and attending meetings virtually, short of hotels offering extensive discounts and perks, I don’t foresee that changing in the near future.” Carolyn Muldoon, Director of Operations, Training Camp

Is there anything that destinations, hotels, resorts, conference centers, restaurants, and caterers can do to help you ‘sway’ your team to move the events forward? “Having a clearly defined Duty of Care to share with guests is important, and being transparent about efforts to keep everyone safe is crucial. Having partners willing to work with me to meet our needs has never been more important. I'm open to creative solutions that work in everyone's best interest. I am so thankful for the understanding and flexibility my venues have provided over the past two years and I'm eager to get back into safe live events.” Teri Jakob, CMP, CMM, Manager, Special Events & Partnership Giving, UPMC Pinnacle Foundation

“I am excited to be planning a variety of events! This year is definitely going to be EVENTful.” Teri Jakob

Is there anything that destinations, hotels, resorts, conference centers, restaurants, and caterers can do to help you ‘sway’ your team to move the events forward? “Providing a consistent experience as much as possible - I know that hiring good people has been difficult right now, but if we as planners can't count on our partners to deliver excellence, it hinders our performance with the client, as well. Keep up the good work and also the guard when it comes to cleanliness and health and safety protocols. I also am looking more into sustainability for my future events.” Beth Lawrence, CMP, Chief Experience Officer, Beth Lawrence Meetings & Events Mid-Atlantic­EvEnts­Magazine ­75

Around Th GoggleWorks’ Endowment Reading, PA - GoggleWorks Center for the Arts announced contributions totaling nearly $12-million toward its new endowment, The Fund for the Future of GoggleWorks. “We are thrilled to announce remarkable contributions to help secure the future of our mission of transforming lives through unique interactions with art,” said Tod Auman, Board Chair. “GoggleWorks is a unique facility, now with a firm foundation, that can foster that creative activity well into the future” stated GoggleWorks Executive Director Levi Landis. “Invigorated by these generous contributions, we intend to expand our vision this year to serve the needs voiced by our community, shaping the future of Reading and making a more beautiful world.”

GoggleWorks.org Visit the Visitor Center at Valley Forge National Historical Park King of Prussia, PA - Valley Forge National Historical Park dedicated its newly renovated visitor center with the opening of its museum exhibition in the center this past February. The Park held a ribbon cutting ceremony with tourism and park leadership, partners, and local elected officials to celebrate the $12-million project. The center welcomes two-million visitors annually, and has a $36-million economic impact in the Valley Forge region. The museum’s new exhibition tells the history of the 1777-1778 Winter Encampment, and how the citizens of Pennsylvania worked to preserve Valley Forge in the following decades. This also represents the first time many Revolutionary War artifacts are on display since the renovations began. The exhibit also includes new, accessible display panels, interactive videos, and a complete audio walkthrough for visually impaired visitors. valleyforge.org ­76 March­z April­2022

he Region Independence Seaport Museum's New Restaurant Philadelphia, PA - This spring, the Liberty Point Restaurant will debut on the Philadelphia waterfront adjacent to and wrapped around the waterfront side of Independence Seaport Museum. The sprawling 28,000-square foot restaurant will have the capacity to host up to 1,400 people and will feature three main levels of food, drinks and live entertainment, plus smaller sub-levels, a live music stage, five bars and the most breathtaking views of the water in the city near the neighboring Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Delaware River Waterfront River Rink. phillyseaport.org NEW IN ATLANTIC CITY Atlantic City, NJ - “We are seeing great pent-up demand for live business and consumer events this year with a robust schedule of meetings, conventions and sporting events already lined up for Q1,” said Meet AC’s president and CEO, Larry Sieg. “Not only will Atlantic City see boosted economic impact through this healthy tourism influx, but the destination will also enjoy the rise of new hotel, retail and attractions including the highly anticipated Island Waterpark at Showboat Hotel, which will be the largest indoor beachfront waterpark in the world.” Following last year’s $15-million casino floor remodel, Ocean Resort Casino has announced that in March it will begin construction on a new sports venue, intertwining an entertainment bar and lounge with an immersive gaming and sports wagering experience. The $4-million initiative is expected to debut in summer 2022.

Atlantic City also is set to add a new attraction with the debut of Island Waterpark, the largest indoor beachfront waterpark in the world, located at the Showboat Hotel Atlantic City and featuring an array of waterslides, lazy rivers and pools, plus retail outlets, party rooms, and lounge areas, and a retractable glass roof making it a year-round attraction. The attraction is expected to open by Memorial Day 2023. The new Cardinal Restaurant and Hotel has begun construction and is expected to open in 2023, one of several investments being made in the “Orange Loop,” an area encompassing various properties along St. James, Tennessee and New York Avenues. meetac.com

NEW IN ALEXANDRIA Alexandria, VA - Recently opened Ada’s on the River and BARCA Pier and Wine Bar both boast ample indoor-outdoor seating offerings for groups and are joined by a new dining option at Picnic and Peonies. In spring 2022, a new Hank’s Oyster Bar in Old Town North with a rooftop dining space will open, as well as an al fresco penthouse at Village Brauhaus. Also, the National Historic Landmark Freedom House Museum reopens with three new exhibitions showcasing Alexandria’s Black history and the Black experience in America. The Leadership Collection at Alexandria™ welcomes Building Momentum’s recently expanded corporate training offerings and the re-launch of The Situation Room: Experience Washington’s Cabinet at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. visitalexva.com Mid-Atlantic­EvEnts­Magazine ­77

Around Th RECORD-BREAKING AT PEDDLER’S VILLAGE Lahaska, PA - Peddler’s Village, a countryside shopping, dining, entertainment and corporate events destination, achieved record-breaking retail sales in 2021. The outdoor shopping center has experienced a steady increase in visitation over the past several years. Despite its closure for an extended time due to the pandemic, Peddler’s Village welcomed more than two-million visitors in 2020. A top tourist destination, Peddler’s Village is in its 60th year and is comprised of 60 specialty shops (with all but two being locally-owned and operated), seven restaurants, the 66-room Golden Plough Inn, and Giggleberry Fair, an indoor family fun center.

“We want Peddler’s Village to be a fun, enjoyable gathering place for all,” said Bob McGowan, a hospitality industry veteran and COO since late 2017. “Whether the draw is shopping or dining, business retreats, or comedy or festivals, our overall goal is to provide warm, old-fashioned hospitality, invite support for our many locally owned small businesses, and build upon and celebrate our success with continuous positive changes.” Bob and his team have worked to expand entertainment, broaden the in-house events team, add comedy nights, food truck evenings, outdoor movies, trivia nights, a weekend-long Fourth of July celebration, and a spring PEEPS® in the Village display. In 2020, the Village expanded outdoor dining and introduced a large tent for hosting Village-sponsored events and private parties. In addition, Red Barn on Street Road will open this spring to ensure a permanent location for popular annual displays, including a free summer-long display of larger-than-life sand sculptures - Bucks County Beach Days: Sand Sculptures in the Village by world-renowned sand artists. PeddlersVillage.com GBTA’S LONG-TERM BUSINESS TRAVEL OUTLOOK

Resorts AC Announces Pool Renovation Atlantic City, NJ – Resorts Casino Hotel recently announced that construction has begun on its rooftop indoor/outdoor swimming pool that will transform the space into a re-imagined yearround amenity. An anticipated completion date is set for late June 2022. Once completed, guests will enjoy an upgraded pool experience all year long that will feature a state-of-the-art glass enclosed pool with sliding, stacking patio doors, lounge areas, a fully-retractable roof, plus enhanced private party and event opportunities. The pool deck also will be upgraded, including the addition of a full bar. resorts.com

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Alexandria, VA - Despite continued challenges, the business travel industry continues to reflect progress and optimism in its long-view expectations for 2022 according to the latest poll from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association and leader in education, research, networking and advocacy. Three in four travel managers expect business travel volume at their company will be much or somewhat higher in 2022 than in 2021, while 3 of 4 travel suppliers and travel management companies expect their company’s revenue in 2022 from business travel to be much or somewhat higher compared to 2021. Poll results also show a decline in the percentage of companies who continue to suspend or cancel business travel. Despite Omicron, 2 of 3 travel managers feel employees are willing or very willing to travel for business. gbta.org

he Region Engaging Virtual Cooking Classes Philadelphia, PA – Celebrity chef Jen Carroll and her team at Carroll Couture Cuisine are grateful for all of the kitchens they virtually cooked in last year and they are looking forward to doing it again in 2022! Thanks to a partnership with Dineable, Carroll and her team now can ship ingredient packages to guests so that they have everything they need to cook along during a private virtual cooking class without leaving their homes. These virtual cooking classes are more engaging and hands-on than ever before, too, perfect for recruiting events, employee team building, client appreciation events, and corporate meetings. Dineable sources top notch ingredients and is detail-oriented, making this partnership an ideal match. They can ship ingredients to guests anywhere in the country and will include fun add-ons like wine pairings or Philly-based treats. eatccc.com Tour Operating Experts Create WeVenture New York, NY - Tour travel company operators Urban Oyster, North America Tour Hub (NATH), and Adventure United States have announced a new tour operating company: WeVenture. Owners David Naczycz, Andy Maunder, Jason Fried, Michiel Stavast and Bill Gehrman of En Route bring their combined 75 years of tourism experience to WeVenture, a U.S. tour company operating in 11 cities with over 100 employees. This year, the company expects to host 12,000 tours in destinations including: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

tunity to collaborate on streamlining their individual tour operations and work toward expansion into more significant and additional markets. WeVenture will roll out new tour product, including multi-day packages in 2022, and launch in new markets. At WeVenture, experiences offered are small-group, immersive, and high engagement with a commitment to providing quality service that enhances the guest experience, but also allows for these experiences to be more meaningful, sustainable, and inclusive for stakeholders. Guides take tourists into neighborhood eateries and explore local culture and history, boosting local businesses’ profits and local economies. we-venture.com

The slowdown across the tourism and hospitality sector presented Naczycz, Maunder, Fried and Stavast with the opporAnd En Route Celebrating again Philadelphia, PA - Owner and CEO Bill Gehrman of En Route, the niche marketing agency for tourism, cultural and civic projects, is celebrating its 15th year of operations in 2022. Bill began freelance consulting in 2007 after leaving the Philadelphia CVB, where he served as the director of marketing. Bill is no stranger to hardships. As an employee for the CVB when the tragic

events of 9/11 occurred and having started a new business a year before the 2008 financial crisis, Gehrman was prepared to tackle issues that arose when the pandemic started. "Partnerships are key," Gehrman said when asked about how to navigate a crisis. "It's about coming together and working to maximize resources during unstable times. We were beyond fortunate to stay open throughout the pandemic, keeping a full staff and ensuring our clients' needs were met."

Already, En Route has been engaged by destination marketing organizations, including VisitPITTSBURGH, Visit Baltimore, and Downtown Tulsa Partnership. enroutemarketing.com

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EvEntM ­ AkErs DELAWARE Dewey Beach - TKo Hospitality and the Hyatt Place Dewey Beach & Light House Cove Event Center has announced John Lowe as their new General Manager and that Drew DiFonzo has been promoted to VP of Operations. Wilmington - Chase Center on the Riverfront has named Julie Shaw as their Director of Sales and Marketing, and Michelle Fiorelli and Robin Coffield as Sales Managers. Wilmington - Allison Wier has been named Director of Events for The Buccini Pollin Group.

MARYLAND Annapolis - Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County recently announced the appointment of Dan Cook as its Director of Marketing and Communications. Dan brings more than 20 years of destination retail, tourism and placemaking experience to his new position, having served most recently as acting director of tourism for the Prince William County Office of Tourism. Baltimore - On behalf of the MM&P MATES Program, the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies and Maritime Conference Center have announced the appointment of Eric Friend as their new Executive Director.

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Ocean City - Robin Lattinville has started a new position as Vice President Sales and Marketing for TKo Hospitality, LLC. TKo Hospitality also welcomes Shawn Damiano and Vincent Pierotti. Shawn is the new General Manager for the Hotel Monte Carlo, and Vincent has joined as the Marketing & Sales Director for the Monte Carlo Hotel Group. Ocean City - Kim Mueller has been named Director of Sales, Tourism Department for the Town of Ocean City, MD.

NEW JERSEY Atlantic City - Ocean Casino Resort has promoted Bill Callahan to General Manager, having previously served as interim chief executive officer. Bill joined Ocean in 2020 as senior vice president of hospitality and was promoted to executive vice president of hospitality and gaming in July 2021. Edison - Nikey Pierre has been named Event Manager for e.Rebublic.

NEW YORK New York City - Sportico has appointed Lynnette Camacho to the position of Event Producer. Niagara Falls - Joe Holody is joining Destination Niagara USA as Vice President of Sales.



PENNSYLVANIA Altoona - Heather Chestney has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Blair County Convention Center. Bushkill - Randy Misko has been named Director of Sales for the Bushkill Inn and Conference Center. Garnet Valley - Mark Cascio has joined the team at IMS Technology Services as Director of Production Management. King of Prussia - The Valley Forge Casino Resort recently announced that Dedren Bailey has been named Vice President of Marketing for the property. Dedren, a seasoned professional, has led marketing teams in multiple gaming markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland and along the Gulf Coast. In addition, Sybil Davis has been named as Director of Sales for the casino resort. Lancaster - The Holiday Inn Lancaster has added Frank Rivera to their team as General Manager. Frank also will focus on leading the hotel through the opening of The Imperial Terrace, which currently is being constructed on the second level of the Imperial Ballrooms. Additionally, Mara Sultan has been named Sales Manager, serving the Association, Corporate and Tour & Travel market segments. Mara has 18 years of experience with a variety of Lan-



caster properties as well as with Discover Lancaster. Luis Morales also joins the team, bringing a wealth of experience in Catering and Culinary Arts, and Ahmed Ahmed has been appointed as Assistant General Manager for the hotel. Long Pond - Elaine Leies has joined Pocono Organics, North America’s Largest Regenerative Organic Farm, as part of their sales team. Elaine will serve in a supporting role for bookings of Farm-to-Table Dinners, Private Events, Corporate Events, Agri-Tourism, Reunions and Group Tours. Pittsburgh - VisitPITTSBURGH has announced Susan Klein as their new Chief Marketing Officer. Philadelphia - Krista Micheletti has been named Event Coordinator for Roberts Event Group, an award-winning Event and Destination Management Company. Philadelphia - All About Events has named Stacey Lee Mullen as their new Executive Planner. Philadelphia - Nader Toma has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Delta Hotels by Marriott Philadelphia Airport. Philadelphia - The Kimmel Cultural Campus announced that Judia Jackson has been appointed Chief People &


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Culture Officer for The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. The first new hire of the joint organization, Judia will help to build upon the Human Resource strategies of both and will collaborate with Doris Parent, their Vice President of IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Strategies). Philadelphia - Daniel Love has joined the Brûlée Catering team as Director of Sales. Daniel brings over 35 years of experience to the team with a background in design, theater, meetings, and fine dining. Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Zoo has named Allison Walker as their new Director of Event Sales and Operations. Philadelphia - The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum has named Nicole Coombe as their new Director of Events. Philadelphia - Alissa Steele has been named marketing manager for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this role, Alissa will develop and execute marketing activities in support of sales and branding initiatives for the PHLCVB and its partners. Radnor - Jeannine Bates has joined The Inn at Villanova University as Senior Sales Manager. Strasburg - Deirdre Stevens has been named Group and Events Sales Manager for the Strasburg Railroad Company.

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- Destination DC has announced the appointment of William Adams as their new Director of Convention Sales. In his new position, William will attract convention business and develop sales policies and programs. He joins Destination DC with more than 20 years of experience in the attraction, tourism, hospitality, and convention world, most recently with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. - The National Restaurant Association announced the appointment of Michelle L. Korsmo as President & Chief Executive Officer, and also as CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. In this role, Michelle will be responsible for guiding the Association’s strategic path toward its vision for a thriving restaurant and foodservice community. “Every restaurant - Main Street eateries, quick-service cafes, fine-dining establishments, and all the foodservice locations in between - depend on the National Restaurant Association to serve as the leading advocate on their behalf at each level of government, especially given the unprecedented challenges restaurants continue to face from COVID-19’s impact on our country,” said Korsmo. The restaurant industry is the nation’s second-largest private sector employer with nearly a million foodservice outlets nationwide. - Destinations International has announced Gretchen Hall, as Chief Operating Officer. Gretchen joins DI after serving as president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. In her new role, Gretchen will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, communication and retention of global business and membership initiatives.




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