Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Upcoming Young Professional Conference!

Hello everyone!

Summer is soon coming to a close (...sad I know) and the YP's are well into the planning stages of this years' Young Professional Annual Conference. Hosted at the Leelanau Outdoor Center on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, this years' conference will include breakfast, lunch, facilitated leadership training and a keynote address by Bill Marsh Jr.

The conference will be a great opportunity for young professionals in Traverse City to network, participate in some fun team-building activities (climbing wall, zipline, human fooseball) and also listen to a truly engaging personal development session hosted by Bill Marsh Jr.

His presentation will provide some insight into the following items:

  • What is personal branding and why is it important?
  • Four critical steps to creating a strong personal brand.
  • The keys to knowing when your brand is strong—and when it needs improvement.
  • Relevant stories and powerful illustrations of famous brand-building successes…and failures.


Want to see who has already registered? Check out the Attendees here.


Friday, October 4, 2013
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Member: $80.00
Non-Member: $100.00

T-Shirts: $30.00

Leelanau Outdoor Center
1653 Port Oneida Road
Maple City, MI 49664

Google Directions

Contact Person:
Andi Wagenschutz


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Tent in Town & TC Microbrew & Music Festival featuring The Wailers!

Anyone who was in Traverse City last week was sure to see the gigantic new tent setup at the Open Space downtown. A first for the US, www.tentvenue.com has bought this amazing new mobile touring technology for hosting events all year. Owner Sam Porter of Porterhouse Productions just planned the tents inaugural events Paella in the Park, Great Wakes Festival and TC Waterman this past weekend. 

This coming weekend, August 23-24, the tent will be set up at the TC StateHospital/The Commons to get ready for the 5th Annual Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival, featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead on Friday night The Wailers on Saturday. Tickets for the event are available online here. If you're interested in volunteering for the event, click here.

Check out some sweet facts about this massive tent and photos.

Check out the event photos from the Paella in the Park & Great Wakes Festival from Oden & Janelle Photography HERE!!! Also, check out their photographs from the Ozomatli Concert!

This Quad Span tent holds up to 4,400 people! 

The tent take approx. 8 hours to set up and 4-5 hours to tear down.

The tent can withstand up to 110 mph winds.

The entire tent fits on a 53' flatbed trailer making it super portable and able to be moved anywhere around the country with ease.

Based on economic studies by the TCCVB, if the tent company creates 10 different events with 4,000 people, it will help to drive 3-4 million in new economic dollars to the TC market.

The tent can be completely enclosed and host events 12 months out of the year.

Photo by Oden & Janelle Photography

Photo by Oden & Janelle Photography
Private functions such as weddings of gala dinners can be hosted in the tent
with seating for over 300 people.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Dennos Museum: Birds of Paradise

Hi again! I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but when it's summer in TC everyone makes the most of being outside, doing a million fun things, and enjoying all the fantastic opportunities for fun and sun up here. Life is always crazy but beautiful in the summer months, and I think that's how we all like it. Still, I owe you all a post...and even though I just posted about the Dennos museum not that long ago, their current exhibit is absolutely astounding: I had to share it, because I can't get enough of it!

When the BBC mini-series "Planet Earth" came out a few years back, it was hard for me to pick a favorite disc or feature among all the footage. By my fourth or fifth time through these masterpieces, though, I kept gravitating towards the Birds of Paradise segment. Below is  a snippet to remind you of the awesomeness:

So, when I heard the Dennos was receiving an exhibit all about these birds (put together by the National Geographic, nonetheless), I was pretty pumped. This exhibit is unlike anything I've ever seen in TC and the Dennos. It goes beyond being just an art exhibit or a "look at these things on the wall" walkthrough: it it interactive, hands-on, and remarkable.

The different sections guide you through the history of discovering the birds, evolution and natural selection, the influence of the birds on culture in New Guinea, the variety of birds and their mating dances, plus so much more. It is not only extensive in the breath of subject matter, but it is thorough and reaches all ages of visitors and all learning styles.

For me, this exhibit is intoxicating. I feel like a little kid again, playing with all the games and flipping through all the beautiful pictures. I loved seeing the beautiful hand-drawn illustrations from old field sketches (can you say Audubon heaven?) mixed in with videos of the different matings dances. The colors and uniqueness of each species leaves me realizing there is an infinite number of possibility for life.

And, if that's not enough to convince you to visit, how about a dance-off? There is this great game where two male contestants learn a mating dance (a la Dance Dance Revolution) and the ladies viewing the dances from behind them ring in and choose the male dancer they feel is most worthy of their vote. Despite being a female, I had to test out my Birds of Paradise dances moves....and you should, too!

Sun or rain, this is definitely worth a trip to the Dennos. This is a true example of a world-class museum right here in our hometown, much different than anything you've ever seen here before now. I encourage you to go and play with the birds!