A Farewell Note from Vic

Friday, October 4th, 2013

It’s with mixed emotions that I write this farewell note to my extended family. In my 3+ years with Corinthian Events, I have truly evolved and grown both personally and professionally. The blood (yes, blood), sweat (unfortunately for those nearby) and tears (can you believe it??) that were shed will not soon be forgotten. You can bet that I’m taking all of my wonderful experiences and countless memories with me as I go off on my next adventure.

I will cherish all of the relationships I’ve built during my time here; vendors, staffers, clients and colleagues alike, this unique family reaches far beyond the office walls at 109 Kingston, and the embracing arms of Courtney, Mary & Jill.

Now, dry those eyes, you aren’t truly rid of me yet! I am sure to weasel my way into CE events (as staffer or crasher – no shame), and will always keep in touch.

Until our paths cross again, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your wisdom, support and friendship.

All my love,

Vic

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Learn a New Skill: The Art of Falconry

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Cape Cod Ocean Edge Resort

This summer was a busy one; from Cape Cod to Boston to Vermont, we have been planning events all over New England!  Way back in June (seems like ages ago doesn’t it?) we had our first big program of the summer down the Cape.  The three-day program was ripe with activities and the chance to learn new skills such as sushi rolling, floral arranging, and even how to set a hawk in flight.  Falconry was one of the most unique and exciting events of the program, where guests learned the history of falconry before having the opportunity to handle and free-fly a trained Harris Hawk.  Talk about a one-of-a-kind experience!

Ocean Edge Resort Meeting Planning Victoria

Victoria even got in on the action!

Here are some interesting tidbits that Chris Davis, a Master Falconer and breeder from New England Falconry, shared with guests during their introductory falconry session:

  • Falconry is an ancient activity that dates all the way back to 2000 BC and Mesopotamia!  The sport did not reach the height of its popularity until the 17th century in Europe and didn’t travel over to America until the 1930s.
  • In medieval Europe, the Middle East, and the Mongolian Empire falconry was a status symbol and a hobby largely restricted to nobles.  In order to be successful you needed time, money, and space.  This is still very true today; taking care of a bird (or two or 3) is definitely a full time job!
  • Becoming a falconer is harder than you might think!  All falconers start as apprentices and in North America must trap their first hawk from the wild.  After their two year apprenticeship, falconers must maintain a general class license for at least 5 years before they can become a Master Falconer.
  • Falconry is legal in all states except one… Hawaii!

Chris brought two hawks to demonstrate hands-on falconry education.  The activity was unpredictable and exciting, and definitely gave guests something to talk about later!

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Event Planners? You Mean Cake Decorators!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

In case you missed it, Corinthian Events recently turned 13 years old – we’re officially teenagers!  To celebrate we headed to Party Favors in Brookline where we popped the bubbly and learned how to decorate delectable cakes.

After teaching us how to properly frost a cake and techniques for creating frosting decorations (think puppies, piglets and flowers galore) we were left to our own devices.  Using every color under the sun we turned our frosting into ducks, dogs, penguins, daisies, irises and a multitude of borders!

We got pretty creative and although we might not be ready to decorate cakes professionally (weekly lessons, anyone?) we all had a great time!  Cheers to another year of CE!

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Inspiration at Event Solutions Idea Factory!

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

This past March, Mary and Vic took one for the team and headed to sunny Las Vegas for the Event Solutions Idea Factory 2013 Conference. Over the course of four days, Mary and Vic attended a variety of informational and educational seminars hosted by both local and international industry professionals – it’s always refreshing to learn how our peers operate.

Working in conjunction with Catersource, Event Solutions hosted an evening reception at the Hard Rock Café Las Vegas which featured several innovative and up and coming catering trends including personal pizza boxes, a wall of self-serve mixed drink vessels and this funky food service idea – a candlelit wall hung with tiny buckets of deliciousness!  A welcome escape from the seemingly never-ending Boston winter, Mary and Vic were able to enjoy a little poolside time during lunch breaks – in case you were worried…

Getting away from the bright lights of Vegas, Mary visited the Valley of Fire State Park for a little fresh air and sunshine before settling into the trade show.  Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, dedicated in 1935. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs. The terrain and views were spectacular, with amazing color everywhere. The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape.

Vic managed to sneak away and check out the Hoover Dam – quite a site to be seen! Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona. Considered to be the world’s largest dam and an engineering marvel at the time of its construction in the 1930s, Hoover Dam brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest.

Everything in Las Vegas and the surrounding area is BIG, from buildings to mountains. It’s always great to get out of your regular surroundings and open your eyes to new things, especially such big ones!

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