Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Don’t miss your chance to meander through the National Zoo's Annual Winter Celebration which is taking place from December 4, 2009 thru January 2, 2010. See thousands of sparkling environmentally-friendly lights and animated exhibits, attend special keeper talks, and enjoy live entertainment provided by Bialek's Music.inment for the National Zoo's Annual Winter Celebration which is taking place from December 4, 2009 thru January 2, 2010.

But that's not all. Every evening, our friends from Pepco educate visitors about simple practices they can adopt in their households to save energy. The larger-than-life ZooLight displays are all constructed of LED lights that use about 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs.

And last but not least, visitors have the chance to see lots of animals. The Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat, Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, and Kids' Farm will be open every night.

Monday, December 28, 2009

DJ Dan at Longview Gallery!

On December 15th, I DJ'ed an event for DC Council and Human Rights Compaign, celebrating the new Gay Marriage Bill . Check out the vid!

This is a huge victory for the Gay & Lesbian citizens of DC, and is something I wholeheartedly support. A big congrats to all the hardworking individuals who worked tirelessly on getting this bill passed!

Would also like to give a big thank you to Suzi Molak at Longview Gallery for hooking me up with this event!

The all-new Long View Gallery features 5,000 square feet of superior interior with two flexible halls, impeccable lighting and all the smart tech to raise your next event to an art form. For corporate occasions, life celebrations and all sorts of hip happenings.

Suzi Molak is events director at the new Long View Gallery, where clients capitalize on her dynamic background and long list of successes in the art and events industry. Suzi brings to Long View a unique perspective gained through years of high-profile activity in New York City. After an education in art history, Suzi spent over three years leading a world-renowned Italian art glass company to establish its presence in US markets. Her efforts brought the company to limelight through a PR and events campaign that included collaborations with Fashion Rocks NYC and the Lincoln Center Lifetime Achievement in Film awards. With that success freshly on her heels, Suzi's next endeavor brought a new gallery to the famed SOHO art district in NYC, where her creativity and leadership took the upstart from pre-construction planning to flourishing success.

Never slowing down, Suzi relocated to DC in 2007, and began helping individual and corporate clients with unique event ideas and planning. Through these pursuits, it quickly became clear that the DC area was missing something so many of her clients and others desired - a modern venue for exciting, inspired events. Suzi's vision now joined with that of the team to proudly bring DC the new Long View Gallery.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Piedmont Club

Michele Choi hosted a Biznet Luncheon on Wednesday September 9, 2009 for a small interesting and eclectic group. Our guest speaker was Dave Boyd. He told us to never count any contact out. You never know who knows who and we should be a little more personal, so we are remembered. Michele made us all feel welcome and relaxed. The weather and fabulous lunch was the icing on the cake.

Stonewall Country Club

Had another great Women's Networking Luncheon @ Stonewall Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Jeanna Hilton had a great guest speaker, Marc McIntosh, producer of the Washington Bridal Showcases. These luncheons help the regular attendees stay in touch and bring in new recruits. He suggested that I send a photograph of me and my booth when I e-mail the clients from the show to follow up, so they remember who I am.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Comus Inn

Traveling South, I was met by Cheryl Cox at Comus Inn, who was preparing for 3 Weddings last weekend. The Inn's charm and romantic setting are big hits among Brides, and the view...absolutely stunning. I was also treated to lunch, and the crab cake BLT was like no other sandwich I've ever had!

A beautiful tent was being up for this weeks festivities and Cheryl was on top of all the events for the elegant weekend ahead! I can't wait go back for dinner and also encourage all of you planners to visit this gem on Sugarloaf Mountain.

Musket Ridge Golf Club

When the going gets tough, it's time for a roadtrip! Last week, I went to visit Bonnie Swanson at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville. This gem overlooks the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountains. Golfing here has always been top notch, but the new ballroom is immaculate, and outdoor Weddings with the golf course/mountain view are breathtaking. Bonnie will also throw in a few rounds of golf for the Groom and a few buddies.

The 45 minute scenic drive was well worth it. Bonnie made me feel part of the Musket Ridge family as Civil War sites and other interesting pieces of history were pointed out. I suggest that all party planners make a site visit and check out this fabulous event space and golf course!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ceresville Mansion

On the road again to Ceresville Mansion in Frederick MD, which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. I was entertained by Kathaleen, Stacey, Allison, Jenni, and Stephanie who took the time to give me a historical tour of the mansion and grounds dating back 100 years.

This fabulous venue entertains 175 events per year, and features a beautiful site for ceremonies that reminds me of the Parthenon in Athens with a pool in front. They also host conferences, picnics, and seminars. On the road back to the office as the heavens opened up, as it does every day in May and June. - Ray

Strong Mansion

When the going gets tough, the tough hit the road. I traveled to see Strong Mansion for myself last week, and was greeted by the events coordinator Christie Kefauver, who took me on a tour and gave me a history lesson of the civil war era mansion. Located in the middle of the Sugarloaf Mountains, the scenary is spectacular, and the permanent outside facilities downplay any weather issues. There are many options to use for ceremonies, and the grounds with its flowers, ponds, and trees make Strong Mansion a breathtaking Wedding venue. This year alone there will be over 45 happy Brides who have their Ceremony/Reception here! - Ray

Four Seaons Hotel

On May 30th, I had a fabulous dining experience at Bourbon Steak in the beautiful, newly renovated Four Seaons Hotel in Washington, DC. Our server, Jennifer, was a delight as she spoiled us with our french fries as we were sitting down. Our steaks were superb and we were able to meet executive chef David Varley, who graciously came over to talk to our table.

After dessert, a few signature drinks and coffee. I received a call from my Daughter, Robin, that her boyfriend Phil had just proposed, so they met us at the bar for more drinks. The cost of the evening at Bourbon Steak was a flicker compared to what's coming up in the Wedding plans.

I highly recommend Bourbon Steak for a special occasion or just treat yourself if you are happy! - Ray

Marriott Pooks Hill

In a driving monsoon, I rediscovered the Pooks Hill Marriott Bethesda on June 11th, celebrating 30 years. I was greeted by Stephen and David Marriott, along with such VIP's as Gary Hechler, Katrina Sparico, Vivan Tsakeris, and David Zebrowski. I was treated to a great nostalgic movie, depicting 30 years of restaurants, renovations, and celebrations. Food and Drinks consisted of mini-mighty mo's, root beer floats, and cupcakes. I think they want me to join a second gym.

Congratulations on the first 30 years of the Pooks Hill Marriot, and I look forward to the next 30! Pooks Hill Marriott, Bethesda - Ray

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Regency at Dominion Valley

I visited the Regency at Dominion Valley on Wednesday June 3rd. The drive was lovely and the reception site is elegant and beautiful with landscaping and ponds well maintained. Jennifer Bodnar, Catering Sales Manager, gave me a tour of the reception/banquet rooms and adjoining outside patios. She is charming and I look forward to working with her. This site is perfect for creating that special wedding memory or event. Events at Regency - Jessica Lynn

SESMA at Lincoln's Cottage

The setting was intimate and relaxing and the rain stayed away while we ate an amazing dinner outside. There was also a cooking demonstration with recipes handed out to all the guests from Star Catering. Guitarist Jerry Lynn played upbeat jazz selections in the dessert room with a scrumptious variety of treats. Leslie Bouterie was charming and engaging as the hostess for the evening. I had a great time and met some new business associates during the networking portion. - Jessica Lynn

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Engaging Affairs Welcomes Christine Godsey

Last night I met Christine Godsey, the newest member of one of the DC area's premiere Wedding Planning companies, Engaging Affairs.

Christine Godsey began her event management career 5+ years ago while working at The Staubach Company, a corporate real estate consulting firm. There, she planned a variety of events such as holiday parities, incentive outings, networking events and offsite meetings. While at The Staubach Company, she realized her true passion in life...planning events. Christine attended and completed George Washington University’s Event Management Certificate Program. While studying at George Washington, her weekends and evenings were spent learning from and working alongside some of DC's finest event planners, assisting the coordination of weddings and corporate events to destination management.

Since then, Christine has left the corporate world to work in events full time. Recently joining Engaging Affairs, Christine has been busy planning events and wedding of all sizes and budgets. Her biggest reward is a flawless event where everyone is having a great time. Christine has been educated in international protocol and etiquette by The International Society of Protocol & Etiquette Professionals.

Herrington on the Bay

I had a wonderful experience at a jewel of a destination last Thursday, Herrington on the Bay in Friendship, MD. Innkeeper Anna Willman showed us a great time with a tour of the beach area for Wedding Ceremonies, the pavilion for receptions, and the remodeled rooms for Wedding guests and vacationers.

The lunch of petite crab cakes, Herrington salad, lime rockfish w/peach salsa, and a raspberry cheesecake lollipop was awesome. Also thanks to Elizabeth, Stacey, Janice, and Chrissy for the royal treatment. I highly recommend this treasure in Southern Maryland for Weddings, Picnics, Corporate Events, or just to get out of town. www.herringtononthebay.com

Monday, May 4, 2009

SESMA at Ridgewells

Kudos to Ridgewells Catering for trying to teach me to cook last Wednesday. David Keener (above), Corporate Chef at Ridgewells, gave a wonderful culinary demonstration on casual home entertaining. Their new showroom is awesome and our group, SESMA, started with some strong margaritas.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Stonewall Golf Club Bridal Show

DJ Debbie Bulles and I participated in the Stonewall Golf Club bridal show on Sunday April 26, 2009. The exquisitely designed clubhouse and elegantly adorned Magnolia Room offered grand panoramic views of Lake Manassas, water fountains and golf courses. There was a classical string quartet playing as guests strolled from vendor table to vendor table, inquiring about Bialek's Music DJ's, bands and everything else from photographers to cake designers. There were also live models showing off designer wedding dresses.

It was a beautiful sunny day, complimentary drinks and horderves were served, helping put everybody in a great mood. Big kudos to Jeanna Hilton, the Director of Sales at Stonewall GC!

Jammin Java

Thoroughly enjoyed the Accapella concert at Jammin Java last night. The three groups, Kismet (above), Skyline, and Cartoon Johnny (below) were superb. Dan's friend Judy sung her heart out (last Lady on the right)! This was the first time we'd seen Kismet and they didn't disappoint.

Dan and I are already big fans of Cartoon Johnny and their token female vocalist, Darcy Ramano. We've booked them a few times already for cocktail receptions. Finally, we got to see her Daughter for the first time. CUTEST...KID....EVER.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Amity Club

I want to give kudos to Nicole Haddow, Catering Director of Manor Country Club, for the wonderful food and beverage supplied for the Amity Club installation on April 21. Best cocktail weenies, filet mignon, and carrot cake ever! Go to www.manorcc.org to book your next event there.

Stimson Center

When the Stimson Center called us to supply music for an Ambassador Tribute at the Embassy of Singapore on April 22, Show Biz with Kenny Holmes filled the niche and made friends with our Speaker Nancy Pelosi.