We just sent our summer issue to the printer, and I predict readers will especially like the feature story “Dirty Jobs – Colorado Meetings & Events Industry Edition.” Not only is it fun to read about what really goes on behind-the-scenes, the photography of the make-it-happen people writer Julie Scheff interviewed is priceless. This story idea was the brainchild of our editorial advisory board. >>
A couple of articles have caught my attention recently. Julie Blankenship, one of the magazine’s editorial advisory board alums and owner of B Distinct Events in Boulder, sent this link to a CNN article not long ago about a meeting planner using her knowledge of numerous hotels to help fight sex trafficking. The article also mentions how various hotels have stepped up to the plate on the issue as well. >>
One of the trends I’ve been noticing a lot lately are pop-up this and that. There was a pop-up art gallery by Artists of the West Elks this winter in Crested Butte, where I live and work. The Little Nell had a Veuve Clicquot-branded pop-up champagne bar “The Oasis” that was moved around Aspen Mountain, with guests able to find clues about the location on Twitter and Facebook.
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I always enjoy my three days in Denver each March for the magazine’s Best Of Colorado awards celebration and the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference and Trade Show. If you missed out, put them on your calendar for next year as it’s hard to beat the networking, learning and fun. A big thank you to our Best Of sponsors and partners and congratulations to our readers’ choice winners, Hall of Fame inductees and editor’s picks. >>
It’s been an interesting snow year in Colorado, with storm cycles dumping large quantities on some resorts and not others. Then the next time, the beneficiaries are different, spreading around the white gold. I was fortunate to visit Steamboat Springs after their big snow jackpot recently, returning after a much-too-long hiatus in the winter. >>
Lately I’ve been determined to do those things that have been on my mind but had not seen any action to date. I started tap dancing again with a great group of women after taking lessons for 11 or 12 years growing up (my 12-year-old daughter is a little mortified that I will be in her dance recital!). >>
Don’t forget to RSVP for our 6th annual Readers' Choice Best Of Awards on the evening of March 6 at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera in Denver. It’s a great chance to applaud companies and people excelling in the meetings and events industry, network and enjoy great food and entertainment. RSVP at www.co.meetingsmags.com, where you also will find the finalists in all 20 categories posted.
Work is already underway on our summer issue (being billed as our Jobs Issue), and I’d love some ideas for the following stories. >>