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Cabana is Nashville's introduction to 'New Southern Comfort Cuisine'. The elegantly casual fare consists of options like Tennessee Sliders and Chicken Wing lollipops.  Cabana's atmosphere offers varying seating styles from booths and couches to private or semi-private cabanas all adorned with plush fabrics and separately controlled audio/video. Additionally, Cabana provides patio seating as well as a covered open-air setting.  Cabana is a casual but trendy spot in Hillsboro Village, nestled between Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities and Music Row.

Capitol Grille, located in the Hermitage Hotel Nashville, is a celebrated and award-winning restaurant. Using the freshest regional ingredients, Executive Chef Tyler Brown prepares a memorable celebration of creative southern cuisine for every occasion with an emphasis on certified Tennessee Black Angus Beef and game, market fresh seafood, and the freshest and best available local products.  Capitol Grille is now featuring a new concept with larger, more sharable portions that include the popular a la carte dining.

For the Good Times: The Ray Price Story  August 2006 -  June 2007

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will pay tribute to American music architect Ray Price.  His hits helped draw pop stars to the song catalogs represented by Nashville publishers, and his recording career is synonymous with the rise of Nashville as a recording center. Like his voice and his ear for powerful songs, his skill as a bandleader and his will to make music the Ray Noble Price way is undiminished.



Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment Through August 20, 2006


Frist Center for the Visual Arts proudly presents the largest and most inclusive collection of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs ever exhibited in the nation.  This exhibition features more than 120 images drawn from each year's winning entries since the prize was established in 1941. 




Music City Jazz, Blues & Heritage Festival September 2-3, 2006


Send summer out with a bang! Celebrate Nashville's diversity and enjoy not only the smooth sounds of jazz and blues, but plenty of reggae, funk, gospel, soul and R&B, too, September 2-3, at Riverfront Park. The festival features both nationally acclaimed artists and home-grown Nashville talent. Past performers have included Kirk Whalum, Chris Thomas King and Al Jarreau.



The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt Through October 8, 2006


This exhibit features the largest selection of antiquities ever loaned by Egypt for exhibition in North America. The exhibition includes over 107 magnificent works, ranging from monumental stone sculptures of Egyptian royalty and deities to such luxurious tomb furnishings as gold jewelry, ornate coffins, a model of the river ship of the pharaoh Amenhotep II, and a sarcophagus painted with scenes of the afterlife.


I Can't Stop Loving You: Ray Charles and Country Music  Through December 2007


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to the "genius of soul" with an exhibit of artifacts, instruments, costumes, photographs, films and more. By recording country songs in his own unique style, Ray Charles brought many new fans to the genre.




Client Quote...

"I wanted to thank you for a wonderful job you did with our tours and special event.  Everything was a big hit and I can't thank you enough for all your efforts to make this event run so smoothly.  It was reassuring to know that you were always available for our group.  Thank for all your assistance in making all attendees feel so welcome in Nashville.  Thanks again for making our meeting a success!!" 

  Lumbermen's Merchandising Corporation


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Key Owners Message

Welcome to another edition of KEY NOTES the newsletter of The Key Event & Helen Moskovitz Group (KE&HMG), which provides you with valuable information that will assist you in creating the best ever meeting or event.
Valerie W. Hershiser, CMP, DMCP Helen L. Moskovitz, DMCP Mears W. Fox, DMCP
Valerie W. Hershiser, CMP, DMCP Helen L. Moskovitz, DMCP Mears W. Fox, DMCP

KE&HMG is excited about Nashville's newest venue the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  This acoustical masterpiece built to house the Nashville Symphony, will open its doors to the world September 9, 2006. Inspired by the world's greatest concert halls and named in honor of the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, the 197,000-square-foot neo-classically inspired Symphony Center will transform Nashville's musical landscape and become the cultural heart of the city's flourishing downtown area. 


All 1,872 seats in the Center's Laura Turner Concert Hall offer excellent sight lines and brilliant acoustics.   The Hall is perfect for events, whether you prefer theater or cabaret-style seating, the Hall provides unlimited event possibilities since the seats on the orchestra level move to reveal a flat 5,600 square foot hardwood floor.  From the moment you set foot into Schermerhorn Symphony Center, your experience will be world class. 


We look forward to working with you to create an amazing event in this extradordinary building!

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Key Hotel Spotlight

What a great time to be in Music City Nashville with its substantial growth in its downtown district. A changing skyline, a rebirth of urban living and becoming home to Fortune 500 Corporations, Nashville is a city that looks forward to the future. The Doubletree Hotel Nashville Downtown is a vital component of that growth, and like our city, we are changing. 


Having recently invested over $10 million in extensive renovations, our commitment to excellence shows in everything we do. From corporate annual meetings to intimate wedding receptions, our staff is dedicated to providing a unique experience for all of our guests. We are the new face of Nashville Hospitality and are redefining the way planners evaluate hotels.


The Doubletree Hotel Nashville Downtown has all the amenities and conference services on which you have come to depend! Yes, we have hard wired and wireless internet. Yes, we have a gym that was designed for road warriors. Yes, we have a dedicated convention services department. Yes, we are the only hotel with a StarbucksTM Café in the lobby. Yes, we are a full-service hotel, and yes, we can do your meeting for 500 with breakouts, or your Executive Board meeting for 14.


If you like hearing "yes" and you want to work with a partner that understands your vision, then it's time to give us a call.  At the Doubletree Hotel Nashville Downtown, the cookie is just the beginning of sweet things to come.   For more information, contact Donna Brewer-August, CHSP at 615-747-4802 or visit our website at www.nashville.doubletree.com.

When planning a meeting or event, there are many elements that must come together to make your event appear seamless.  One of the key components of any meeting or event is technical production.  Some meeting planners shy way from technical production because it seems complicated or scary.  Regardless, if you are tech savvy or technically challenged, hiring a DMC or Production Company who understands how technical production can support and enhance the cohesiveness of your meeting or event is crucial.    By sharing your expectations and goals with your DMC or Production Company and involving them early on in the planning process they can provide you with ideas on event logistics and cost savings.


It is important for you and your DMC or Production Company to do a site inspection of your meeting or event location.  In doing so, event drawings can be created to ensure all event elements will fit, flow properly and the proper questions can be asked.  Will this event location support your expectations and hold all the equipment necessary for the event?  Is there enough time for load in and set up?  How much power is available at the event location?   How much sound and light is needed based on the size of the room, number of speakers, props and the goal of the event?  Then, timelines and action lists should be created with thought as to how all these elements will work together and how all parties involved are affected.  These plans should then be communicated to everyone working on the event.  This way everyone sees the big picture, knows what they need to bring to the event, where they need to put it and what else is next to them.  This is especially important for complicated events, quick set up times or events with many vendors. 




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The key to saving money with production largely deals with planning ahead, making smart choices and knowing what you really need.  Planning ahead with your DMC or Production Company can ensure you aren't spending unnecessary dollars on unplanned aspects of your program and making sure all aspects of the event are planned. 


Today's technology offers meeting planners an abundance of choices.   Making smart choices means sometimes less can be more. For example, with lighting using moving effects like gobo rotators and scrollers are a good way to create special effects without breaking the budget.  Or, if you are on a really tight budget, use the venue's existing lighting but modify it to fit the event's theme.  Try placing colored gels over lights or change regular light bulbs for colored bulbs.  No matter what your budget, focus on the important aspects of your event.    For example, if your company spent thousands of dollars on a new product video, don't skimp and rent a low-end LCD projector.   As the meeting planner, keep in mind that your technical equipment is part of the event experience and should be treated as such.   


Knowing what you really need can save you money.  At times, some meeting planners get caught up in their last event and specify they need a certain size screen or specific lighting and forget to take into consideration the new venue location which might increase or decrease your sound and lighting needs as will your anticipated number of guests.


Your DMC or Production Company should fully understand your objectives and contribute creativity with excitement and anticipation for your event. 



Key Players

Michelle McLeod

KE&HMG Production Assistant


Michelle McLeod is a Production Assistant for The Key Event & Helen Moskovitz Group.  She works on a daily basis with suppliers insuring that KE&HMG's high standards are met and each of our clients receives the best possible service and value. She is extremely detailed, organized, flexible and professional.


Michelle is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology.    Michelle joined The Key Event & Helen Moskovitz Group earlier this year.  She mastered the art of customer service and gained knowledge about the process of seeing an event from concept to completion by completing an Advanced Internship with the Walt Disney Company.   In addition, Michelle gained valuable event planning experience through her experiences planning philanthropic events and banquets as a member of Pi Beta Phi while serving as Chapter President, Philanthropy Chair and Social Chair.   For her work with Pi Beta Phi, Michelle received the highest award given, the Chapter Service Award.


Michelle's background in psychology coupled with her enthusiastic drive for seeing an event through from concept to completion makes her a valuable addition to KE&HMG.


Some of her past clients include Caremark, Ferguson Enterprises, USS Ault and F&M Bank.


Key Nashville News

Sheraton Music City announces the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation which includes their restaurant, lounge, twelve breakout rooms, health club and three presidential suites.  Later this year, look for their New Sheraton Yahoo Lounge Concept, which will feature multi-stations complete with computers and printers all in a  "Starbucks" type atmosphere.  Torrance Winton has been name a sales manager at the Sheraton Music City.  Winton previously worked in sales at the Sheraton Downtown and Loews Vanderbilt.


Loews Vanderbilt Hotel recently completed a number of upgrades designed to provide guests with a supremely comfortable experience.   The changes include replacing all of the hotel's beds with top-of-the-line Sealy pillow-top mattresses and box springs and adding sheets that have thread counts of 300, higher than the industry standard of 180. The new linens also include down comforters to replace traditional bedspreads and more pillows. The bedding is thicker and the duvets more stylish. New bathrobes have also been added to the hotel's 340 rooms.


David Bruce II

Renaissance Hotels Area Director


David Bruce II, a 21-year veteran of the Hospitality Industry has been recently awarded Renaissance Hotels & Resorts North America's Property Sales Leader of the Year Award for managed hotels. Criteria included Revenue Generation Achievement, Team Booking Pace & various Leadership and Teamwork qualifications.  Bruce is an Area Director of Sales & Marketing responsible for conducting Sales Department reviews of assigned hotels to develop strategies, processes and efficiencies to increase revenue streams in addition to his primary responsibility of coordinating the sales & marketing efforts for the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.  


Sherry Franklin

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

Sr. Account Executive


Sherry Franklin, a 19-year veteran of the Hospitality Industry has been  awarded the Manager of the Year Award for the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.  A member of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP), the city of Nashville's Public Access Television Board, Urban League of Middle TN-GILD section and many other organizations, Sherry was selected from over 60 managers.  Criteria included Excellent Examples of Savvy Service, Exceptional Performance, Positive Attitude and Teamwork.  Sherry is a Senior Account Executive responsible for overseeing the administrative operations of the Sales Department and her Washington DC, Virginia & Maryland Sales Territories.


Seems as though there's "nothing but blue skies" at Nashville International Airport.  jetBlue Airways announced it would begin service on August 31, between Music City and its native city, New York City (NYC - John F. Kennedy International Airport). Three daily non-stop flights will cater to the business traveler in a market that has previously been underserved.


Arthur Keith, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center was recognized as the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Outstanding General Manager of the Year for his accomplishments and exceptional service in the lodging industry.


Hermitage Hotel Nashville announces Jeanne Cooper as Sales Manager.  Cooper previously worked for the Courtyard by Marriott on West End Avenue.  Jeanne has been in hotel sales since 2002.




The Key to KE&HMG

KE&HMG specializes in the design and implementation of events, activities, tours, transportation, program logistics, off-site events, theme parties, entertainment, teambuilding events, speakers, unique gifts and specialty merchandise, recreational activities and more for groups of 10 to 10,000.

KE&HMG is the key to special events and destination management services. Unlock the possibilities with Nashville's only award winning destination management company serving Music City USA since 1978.


The Key Event & Helen Moskovitz Group   95 White Bridge Road, Suite 500   Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: 615.352.6900   Fax: 615.356.9285   www.nashvilledmc.com