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The Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum is a 30,000 sq. ft. multipurpose complex. This unique facility includes not only stellar exhibits of superstar musicians but also studio musicians, producers and engineers who have created the music that has become the soundtrack of our lives.  Within the complex is a state-of- the-art recording studio, small screening theater and state of the art performance hall.  The museum is located in downtown Nashville. 

 

 

 




Grand Ole Opry 81st Birthday Bash

October 20 - 21, 2006

 

Thousands of Grand Ole Opry fans annually celebrate the Opry’s birthday.  Join Opry stars for autograph and photo sessions, Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash shows and more. 

 




18th Annual Jack Daniel’s Invitational World Championship Cook-Off

October 28, 2006

 

It’s a battle royale when more than 30 award-winning barbeque teams cook and sweat their hearts out for this year’s coveted Jack Daniel’s title.  In addition to mouth-watering pork, brisket and ribs, visitors can enjoy games and other homemade southern delicacies.  The fun starts at 10am with judging at noon and winners announced  at 5pm.

 




40th Annual CMA Awards

November 6, 2006

   8/7c on ABC

 

Catch a glimpse of some of the biggest names in country music at this Country Music Association gala event.  See them honor award winners in 12 categories and welcome the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Gaylord Entertainment Center

 




Extra-Ordinary Whitney Museum: The Everyday Object in American Art November 10, 2006  – February 11, 2007

This collection from the Whitney Museum of American Art features 130 paintings, sculptures and works on paper that illustrate that any object can be art if utilized in a meaningful way.  Pieces date from the 1950s to the 21st century.          Frist Center for the Visual Arts

 

 




 

A Country Christmas November 17, 2006  – January 2, 2007

It won’t just be sugar plums dancing this year, as the Radio City  Rockettes take the stage for their annual Christmas Spectacular.  Add in two million twinkling lights, the world’s largest nativity, 1.5 million pounds of hand-carved ice, a Christmas dinner party with Pam Tillis, Santa, Scrooge, caroling, and much more as this is a holiday extravaganza not to be missed.  Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

 

 




Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

December 29, 2006

 

This exciting year-end bowl game features a showdown between the ACC and SEC with more than 60,000 ecstatic football fans.  Kickoff at noon. 

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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

The City of Nashville announces Music City Walk of Fame Project honoring Musical Heritage of the City. Nashville’s Music Mile will be a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.
 
Inductees will be announced and honored at a special ceremony with a permanent platinum-and-granite, star-and-guitar sidewalk marker. The first induction announcement is planned for November, which will coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the CMA Awards.

 

The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau Foundation (Music City, Inc.). The foundation was established to further the education, research and training for Nashville’s hospitality industry and to produce events and projects in association with the City of Nashville. The Music City Walk of Fame is being produced with the support of Gibson Guitar, the City of Nashville and Metro Parks.

“The Music Mile” is roughly a one-mile stretch, which connects downtown to Music Row.

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Key Hotel Spotlight

Union Station – A Wyndham Historic Hotel

An Elegant, Refined Destination Among Downtown Nashville Hotels

Built in 1900 as a state-of-the-art train station, Union Station is returning to its’ original elegance and grandeur with a dramatic renovation in 2006/2007.  The project, estimated at over $8 million in 18 months, will encompass all public spaces including the 65-foot atrium lobby with Tiffany-style stained glass barrel-vaulted ceiling, a world-class restaurant and bar, meeting space along with 125 guest rooms and suites.  The renovations will emphasize the distinctive Romanesque architecture and old-world charm while offering modern conveniences on a more intimate scale.

 

Extensive renovation of the hotel guest rooms will feature an upscale state-of-the-art design with a residential feel including all new marble bathrooms with steeping tubs, separate walk-in showers and expansive marble vanities.  Hotel guest rooms will also feature residential style bedding with triple sheeting and duvets along with new working office space with state-of-the-art technology and plasma screen TVs.
 

Located at the gateway to Nashville, Union Station is convenient to all downtown businesses and entertainment venues.  The Union Station is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. For more information about Union Station please call the Sales Office at 615.620.5669 or visit www.unionstationhotelnashville.com.

One of the most memorable experiences when visiting a city is sometimes the food. Many meeting planners want to capitalize on the local favor of a city and offer a Dine-Around to their group.  So, exactly what is a Dine-Around?   A Dine-Around is splitting a group into smaller groups with each one going to a different restaurant on the same evening.  Generally speaking, Dine-Arounds are designated to give guests a public dining experience within the restaurant proper.   However, Dine-Arounds can be customized to meet the needs and objectives of your group.  Corporations often request private areas for their groups and might assign guests to restaurants by region.  Associations, on the other hand, typically request general dining areas and allow guests to sign up in advance and choose the restaurant of their choice.   In addition, there are also groups who request Progressive Dinners where a group might experience the cuisine of two or three unique restaurants in a single evening. 

 

When coordinating a Dine-Around it is important to know your goals, expectations, and budget. Be specific as possible by providing answers to some of the following questions.  Approximately how many guests will participate in the Dine-Around? How many restaurants should be offered?  What types of restaurants should be offered i.e. local, chain, trendy, restaurants with a view?  What price range? Would you like public or private areas in the restaurant?  What is the timetable for the Dine-Around?  Are there any functions immediately following the Dine-Around that guests are expected to attend?  How will guests get to the restaurant?  Should the restaurants be within walking distance of their hotels?  Should alcoholic beverages be included in the price?  Should gratuities be included in the price?  How should billing be handled?  

 

A DMC can provide many services to enhance your Dine-Around.  Some services include providing menus and descriptions of all restaurants that fit within your event budget and objectives, creating bar packages or pre-selecting wines and/or pairing wines with each course and pre-selecting menus.  DMC’s can plan seating configurations and select tables where guests will dine, handle event timing, advance each restaurant and ensure proper set-up.  While on-site, the DMC staff can review the menu and billing with the restaurant staff.  Then, a DMC can create a single contract and payment system for all the restaurants in your program.  A good DMC should provide meeting planners with a number of options in event logistics and create the best package based on your specific needs.

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The key to any successful event are achieving the event goals, anticipating any challenges and planning for them accordingly.  One of the best ways to ensure quality Dine-Arounds is to arrange restaurants that are equal in stature and offerings.  This can be creatively accomplished by creating a theme such as newest/oldest restaurants in town, restaurants with the best view or restaurants with the most interesting architecture.  Be sure at each restaurant to offer at least three entrees choices.   This aids the restaurant with their service and it also provides options for guests who may have special dietary needs such as vegetarians.  KE&HMG only recommends restaurants, which consistently reflect our professional criteria.

 

KE&HMG always looks for creative ways to enhance the guests’ experience.  Some ideas KE&HMG has used in the past include providing custom menus with the group’s logo, providing special centerpieces for tables, providing special entertainment at the restaurant and delivering personal invitations and menus to guests’ hotel rooms the night before the dinner. For a special touch, KE&HMG can coordinate in advance with all restaurant servers your VIP's preferences for food and drink.  Another idea that works great for VIP's is to arrange special dinners in the kitchen of the restaurant with the chef. 

 

KE&HMG recommends providing transportation for Dine-Arounds because it ensures better service for guests and maintains event timelines.  Key solutions for creative transportation include transporting guests by limousine or trolley for their Dine-Around.  For a budget conscious group, KE&HMG arranged for restaurants in the Dine-Around to be within walking distance and provided a staff member to walk each group to their designated restaurant.   A good DMC will always provide meeting planners with a detailed schedule of services for each event, which outlines all event details ranging from how the group will be gathered in the hotel lobby to board buses to how payment at the restaurants will be handled.  KE&HMG has successfully coordinated transportation for 2,000 people for Dine-Arounds using 30 different restaurants.   The Dine-Around possibilities are endless and by working with a DMC, you can create successful Dine-Arounds for your group. 

 

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Marriott Airport Nashville

2006: October 24 – 31; November 1 – 2 & 10 – 15 &

26 – 30; December 1; December 18 – 23.

 

2007: January 1 – 6 & 22 – 26; February 1 – 7;

March 5 – 17; April 10 - 12 & 16 – 20; May 14 – 20;

July 19 – 28; August 17 – 29; September 24 – 30;

October 28 – 31; November 1 - 5; December 3 – 9.

 

Nashville Convention Center

2006:  October 27 - 30; November 20 – 26;

December 5 – 31.

 

2007:  January 1 - 3 & 22 - 25; May 5 - 9;

June 6 - 17; July 1 - 9; August 7- 18; August 25 - 31.

 

Doubletree Hotel Nashville Downtown

2006:  October for catering (only) events

November 20 - 28;  December 11 - 29.

 

Book a hot date at the Doubletree Hotel Nashville Downtown and receive TRIPLE Hilton Honors Event Planner Points!

 

 

Key Players

Eunice Keyrose

KE&HMG

Production Manager

Eunice is a Production Manager for The Key Event & Helen Moskovitz Group. Her responsibilities include creating proposals and executing her events to their fullest potential. Eunice contributes all of her creativity, efforts, dedication and professionalism to creating successful and memorable experiences for KE&HMG's clients and their guests in every project she manages.

Eunice joined The Key Event & Helen Moskovitz Group in 2006. She brings with her a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry having worked for several leading hotels including the Ritz Carlton Hotels where she was responsible for sales & marketing, VIP guests and coordinating special events. During her hotel career, Eunice has held positions in Food & Beverage, Restaurant Management and as Wedding/Catering.   In addition, Eunice has worked in events management traveling abroad coordinating Congress meetings and special events for an elite medical organization consisting of up to 5,000 members of doctors, scientists and Nobel-Laureates. She also played a key role as an English/Spanish Interpreter.

Eunice attended the University of California at Irvine to study Interior Design and has practiced residential, commercial and set design, both in California and Nashville. Eunice is extremely creative, has excellent people skills and very high standards.

Eunice is an active member of the Tennessee Meeting Professionals International (TMPI), and is currently working towards attaining her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in January 2007; demonstrating her ability to meet high standards of proficiency in meeting management and industry experience. Eunice has also been active with several local charitable organizations.

 

Key Nashville News

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel’s guest rooms will receive a complete facelift mid-2007 during a 4-month renovation. The final product will update soft goods, furniture; add flat screen televisions and more.  Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has added local fresh press coffee and custom shaken juices and more to guests’ morning routines. In addition to breakfast favorites, the new menu features signature sweets like “Jack Daniel’s cinnamon bread pudding” or “steel cut oatmeal brulee” and southern flavors like country ham, biscuits and cheddar grits. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel remains Tennessee’s only hotel to receive AAA’s Four Diamond rating for 21 consecutive years.

 

Renaissance Nashville Hotel's General Manager John Fleming was awarded "Hotelier of the Year" Award from the Tennessee Hotel and Lodging Association at their recent annual conference.  Sherry Franklin, Senior Sales Manager, Renaissance Nashville Hotel also received an award for Outstanding Manager of the Year (Hotels with 301 + rooms).

 

The Sheraton Music City announces Monica Bates as Director of Catering and Convention Services.  Monica has worked as for the Sheraton Music City for 19-years, most recently in the position as sales manager.  When she was in Convention Services she was part of the Team of the Year for Starwood Hotels Worldwide.  

 

The Nashville Convention Center announces the hiring of Van Ingram and Tim Strobl as Sales Managers.  Ingram will be representing the Southeast Territory and Strobl is the Midwest Territory.  Cynthia Jones, Sales Manager is now handling the West and all Religious Events. Crystal Fields, Sales Manager, will continue to represent the Washington DC/East Coast.

 

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center was honored with the prestigious Gold Key Elite Award and Gold  Platter Elite Award by  Meetings & Conventions magazine for excellence in 2006.   Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is making it easier—and more appealing—for meeting professionals to hold conferences and meetings at its facility.  A total of 25,000 square feet of the former Ryman A Exhibit Hall has been converted into 15 flexible “studios” that can be expanded in size as well as one ballroom with six sections.  This will help fulfill the increasing demand Gaylord Opryland has seen for breakout meeting rooms.  The décor and amenities of this new space reflect the warm, clean-line style of recently remodeled guest rooms and suites.  The Ryman A conversion coincides with a $45 million dollar room renovation project that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007.  All 2,881 rooms in the resort will be given a contemporary feel that reinforces Gaylord Opryland as the premier meetings and convention destination. For more information, please visit http://www.gaylordopryland.com/ or call 1-888-999-OPRY (6779).

 

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the hiring of Marie Sueing as Convention Sales Manager.

 

The Hermitage Hotel Nashville announces the addition of a new suite called the City View.  The City View Suite is complete with custom designed furniture and lighting and offers a butler pantry for entertaining.  The hotel currently has 117 rooms and 5 suites.

 

The Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel announces the promotion of Jim Kintzler to Director of Group Sales.  Kintzler is an 11-year employee of Marriott International and has worked in numerous positions within the company from food and beverage to sales.   

 

Tracy Rawson

Dr of Sales

Union Station

 

Union Station Hotel has named Tracy Rawson, as Director of Sales of the Union Station – A Wyndham Historic Hotel.  Tracy brings 15 plus years experience to the position.  Recently, she has served as the Senior Sales Manager for the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “The addition of Tracy to our team brings a new level of expertise that will lead our sales efforts to new heights” said Tina Kilner, General Manager.  Rawson will oversee all of sales efforts for the Nashville property.

The Golf Institute at Gaylord Springs® Golf Links features state-of-the-art learning facilities, including two indoor hitting bays, that allows golfers to receive instruction on their swing regardless of weather conditions.  Gaylord Springs also has a Master Club Fitter and on-site club repair workshop to provide golfers with the perfect custom fit.

The Doubletree Hotel Nashville Downtown hasn't even let the dust settle on their recently completed $9.5M renovation, as they will be turning their attention to their Ballroom level following the holiday season. You can expect to see changes in the carpeting, wall coverings and lighting, including the addition of new chandeliers for the Cumberland Ballroom. Stay tuned....

 

Artist Paul Chase with Guitar Painting

The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel now features several new design elements that highlight Nashville’s reputation as Music City.  Over 700 Hatch Show prints are displayed throughout the hotel and memorabilia from famed musicians as well as four graphic guitar painting by noted artist Paul Chase decorate the lobby.

 

 

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.

 



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Phone: 615.352.6900   Fax: 615.356.9285   www.nashvilledmc.com