Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

June 22nd, 2010

We are thrilled to be abound with summer outings – there’s nothing better than making sure that everyone has  fun!  A few weeks ago, we ensured just that – great weather (perhaps that was luck?), dynamic team building, and lots of fun for everyone as groups participated in a day of rowing and lawn activities at Boston’s Community Rowing.

Teams prepared for the water on the ergs.

The one-hundred and fifty guests were divided into teams of seven and set to embark on a series of competitions.  From assembling a boat to volleyball, bocce to sessions on the erg, guests spent half of their day on land engaged in various activities.

Out on the Charles.

Then it was time to hit the water.  Divided into rowers, coaches and coxswains, each team was debriefed on the appropriate signals to communicate while on the water.  A designated Community Rowing guide was on board each boat to direct and off the teams went, in a series of  heats to determine the fastest of the group.

Racing to the finish!

The finale of the day was a much needed barbecue with all the fixin’s.  Sausages and burgers rejuvenated guests as they had the opportunity to unwind with colleagues and swap stories from their trials on land and river.


On the Hunt

June 17th, 2010

Corinthian Events - Boston Event Planning News

Last week, we designed and executed the best kind of summer outing, one filled with fun, camaraderie and an afternoon outside – a scavenger hunt!  The playground for the day was the North Shore coastal town of Rockport, where guests were required to explore the history, sights and culture of the town center while competing for points.

Teams competed to paint with watercolors the iconic Motif #1, the most painted building in the country.

Guests were asked to photograph their entire team inside the little Information Booth.

Guests were divided into twenty teams and armed with a backpack, a hunt booklet, a mascot and LOTS of team spirit. Teams then set to work for a three hour exploration of the town.  Posed with three types of questions: things to photograph, things to collect and things to do, the challenge was to use their time efficiently and their minds creatively.

Teams used the tools found in their backpacks (eye patches and temporary tattoos) to mimic pirates outside the Peg Leg Inn.

The second portion to the challenge was a race against the clock.  Teams were advised to make a stop at Front Beach to complete a task – to put up a tent.  Corinthian Events staff was armed and ready with stopwatches and tents to see which team could create the structure fastest!  Our staff was also stationed at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, where teams went head to head in elimination beach volleyball for Scavenger Hunt bonus points.

Teams raced the clock to erect a tent at Front Beach.

Inflatable team mascots were photographed all over town!

A team mascot with a sand castle of itself.

Another team mascot on top of a grave where teams were asked to do a rubbing.

Guests ended at the Rockport Art Association where dinner and drinks were served while Corinthian Events staff busily tallied the scores.  Congratulations to the Hunter Green team who came in first place – we can’t wait til tonight for the next hunt!


Island Time

June 8th, 2010

You don’t even have to leave the Boston Harbor to experience the fresh air, the sea breeze and the stunning views that come with being on an island.  If you follow us on Twitter, you might already know that yesterday Jill, Amy and Laura ventured out to Spectacle Island for a tour of one of the Harbor’s most popular islands.   We were whisked out on the water by Boston’s Best Cruises for an easy fifteen minute trip to the Island.  Passing ferries and sailboats, the city’s waterfront, and a spattering of lush green islands along the way, the bustling harbor was the perfect backdrop for the ride.

Once upon the island, we were taken on a short walking tour by our very knowledgeable DCR ranger, Bill.  Abound with a fascinating history, the Island was formerly home to a resort, then a glue factory and then a landfill.  In the last twenty years, efforts to make the land usable were executed simultaneously with the Big Big.  The island was in need of a material to cover up the waste on top of it and the city was looking rid itself of excess dirt from the Big Dig.  After shipping tons of dirt, adding a thick layer of gravel and dense top soil, Spectacle Island was born into what it is today.  Open to the public since 2006, it is now one of the most beautiful and accessible Islands in the harbor.  In fact, it is so clean that you can swim from its beaches!

The island is also home to great event spaces!  The visitors center and adjoining tent provide a home for catering by Jasper White’s Summer Shack.  Can you imagine a better place for a clambake than over looking the surrounding islands and the city?  With a multitude of spots for a tent and beautiful views in three hundred and sixty degrees, the island is ideal for anything from a scavenger hunt to an amazing race, a field day to a barbecue!

Fifteen minutes to paradise?  Yes, please!


A Night of Urban Green at Boston’s Castle

May 25th, 2010

Park Plaza Castle - Urban Green Venue

We were approached by the Starwood Hotel Group of Boston to plan and manage an iconic event, the showcasing of one of their premier venues, the Park Plaza Castle.   We teamed with some of the areas top event vendors to transform the space to reflect an urban green venue.

Over four hundred of the Starwood’s clients, Boston’s finest planners and vendors, attended the “green” evening, where the caterers served their dishes on all biodegradable products to promote the industry-wide push to execute first class events while making a conscious effort to conserve.

Determining a cohesive floor plan, planning all aspects of decor and managing all of the necessary vendors, we sought to emphasize a modern yet recycled look.  Bars were made of reused materials, while branches emphasized outdoor natural features.

Fun was had by all and we look forward to going back time and time again to transform one of Boston’s most unique spaces into your next venue!

Huge thanks to everyone over at Art of the Event for their excellent work and fabulous photos!