change is in the air

17 Oct

The Autumnal Equinox has come and gone.  The days are getting shorter and my event season is coming to an end. It’s been an incredible year, full of new events, new contacts, new friends and now… I’m working on a new webpage!! While I’m not looking forward to the more tedious parts of building a new webpage, it gives me the opportunity to step back, take stock and see what a long way I’ve come since the dawning of Meg’s Events!

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here’s a glimpse of the events that happened over the second half of summer and into the fall! And I still have a couple private events on deck and we can’t forget about the valley’s best holiday sale – the Moretown Artisans Sale, December 13 & 14 at the Moretown Elementary School, so stay tuned for more information on that!

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Meg’s Mid-Summer Update

11 Aug

If the first half of this summer is any indication, I simply cannot wait to see what happens next!

We’ve had some seriously epic weddings, each with their own signature, all with creative and personal touches and none without blisters or sunburns! All of our couples were so much fun to work with and all of the vendors have all been incredible pros. My team of worker bees have been downright amazing – I don’t know what I would do without them!

Our events have been pretty dang awesome too! My repeat events have all shown impressive growth, and my new events have either been huge successes or are showing very encouraging promise! It looks like Meg’s Events will be bumpin’ from now until November! Yeehaw!

And have I mentioned how awesome my staff is? Seriously – they are the best! But some of them are leaving me for this think called ‘school’. Such a bummer! So Meg’s Events is now in the market for a late Summer/Fall Intern or two to join the team! Know anyone who’d like to get some college credit and learn all about planning events? Please send them my way!
See below for some photos of my season so far. Here’s a look at what’s up next:

  • Hop Jam – One of my Rookie of the Year contenters, Hop Jam is right around the corner! It will feature an insane beer line-up paired with an equally awesome music line-up. It all takes place at Bolton Valley on August 30. Tickets are on sale now, but we don’t recommend waiting to get yours!
  • Eat x Northeast Brewhaha – An exciting new collaboration event with the Skinny Pancake and Higher Ground, the Brewhaha is the beer fest element of one of the coolest new events out there: the ExNE. There will be some crazy-good free, repeat: FREE music, tons of educational seminars, killer local food and of course, BEER! This event is a fundraiser for the Vermont Slow Food Movement. The ExNE is free, but tickets for the Brewhaha are on sale now for this must-go-to event in Oakledge Park, September 19-20.
  • SIPtemberfest – One of my personal favorite events sold out in minutes! If a glitch that allowed tickets to go on sale early hadn’t happened, tickets would have sold out in 8 minutes, instead of 38 minutes! This overwhelming sell-out plus the 300+ person wait list for tickets has got our brains already working on plans to add a second session for 2015. But at the risk of competing with our selves, if you missed tickets to SIP, we highly, highly recommend checking out Hop Jam or the Brewhaha!
  • ARToberfest – This is a branny new event that is still in the works, but it will take place October 18 in the beer capital of Vermont: Waterbury. It will feature lots of great beer, but also lots of great beer-related and beer-inspired artwork as well as awesome live music! Save the date for this cool new twist on a beer event – you’ll want to make a weekend of it!

 

 

 

It’s 99 degrees out.

30 Jun

photo-74I live in Vermont because of its snow filled winters and its temperate summers. And while this past winter only became snow filled after I broke my shoulder and couldn’t ski, and though this current summer has been temperate only by Floridian standards, I still really, really love it here.

On days like today, though, it’s frickin hard to get any work done. So when the temps crest 80 before 10am, and push on into 90 or -yelp- higher over the course of the day, here’s what I do to maintain:

  • Grab a cold beverage. This could be water or this could be iced coffee or it could be beer. Or wine. Either with ice, if needed. It doesn’t really matter what cold beverage you have by your side so long as it keeps you appropriately hydrated and motivated. Today’s beverages of choice for me were: coffee, iced coffee, water, water, iced coffee, water and currently on beer #1.
  • Wear the most comfortable clothing that is socially allowable.  Today I decided to go for the “celebrity trying to shop and not be recognized” look. This means leggings, a tank top, some cute earrings and flip flops. And of course sunglasses and a trucker hat if I must step outside. The bonus to looking borderline slovenly on a hot day, is that whether you mean to or not, you look hot. So go with it. And everyone else feels like their clothing is melting into their skin too so they aren’t concerned with any fashion faux pas you might be committing.
  • Completely immerse your self in water. And by water I mean work. I’ve sent out a new record of 200 emails today, and not the mass-mailing variety. I’ve been barely keeping my head above the email-highwater-mark, but I managed to focus in so much on the tasks at hand that the time went from 12:30 to 3:30 before I knew it. With that, the sun had officially going down and so had the temp.
  • Surround yourself with fans. Both wind-blowing fans and yes-men serve important roles on hots days. You want fans blowing cool air on your feet, on your face and around the room, but positive feedback from coworkers, friends and family also goes along way toward keeping your shit together when the temps are this crazy.
  • Call it a day. My job doesn’t have M-F, 9-5 hours anyway so I rarely work such regular hours. In fact, I’m lucky if I get any work done most days between 2-5pm. That’s usually my house chore, errand running and real running time. But on days like today, if I’m not cranking out work, I’m going to stop wasting time trying and instead channel my inner sloth. There’s no sense putting out half-assed work when I can get back to it later and do it correctly then.
  • Finally, focus on the future. Which brings me to my shameless upcoming events plug! When the temps are edging toward triple digits the last thing you want to do it think about that. So don’t. Think about things like the Waterbury Arts Fest happening July 11 & 12 and all the ice cream and artwork and music and more ice cream there will be! Think about Hop Jam, August 30 at Bolton Valley and how nice it will be to drink killer craft beers and listen to music on the slopes while watching the sunset. Think about the Brew Haha, taking place right next to Lake Champlain at Oakledge Park, Sept 19 & 20, where you can have more craft beer and listen to more amazing music! And think of SIPtemberfest – the best little beer fest in Vermont – and the peak foliage that will be all around Mad River Glen on Sept 26 & 27. I’m also looking for volunteers for all of these events! If you really want to take your mind of this heat, contact me today and I’ll put you to work!

Stay cool out there!