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Flyte World Dining & Wine is a unique culinary experience. Flyte features 30+ interesting wines by the glass, a connoisseur draft beer list, and "flytes" of wine, beer and even special dinner menu items. The restaurant interior is lively, colorful and beautifully lit to provide the perfect setting to your dining & wine adventure.  Flyte’s Chef Robert MacClure incorporates organic produce, free-range meats and beautiful presentations into a seasonal, multicultural menu.

Paradise Park is located in downtown Nashville, this trailer park themed bar and restaurant is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The diner serves such theme meals as Trailermade Chile, the Paradise Patty Melt and Shady the Acre Club Sandwich.  Paradise Park features a bar with a separate entrance and southern rock music.

The Standard Restaurant at Smith House


This revived 1840 Italianate style mansion formerly known as The Savage House was restored and has reopened as The Standard Restaurant at Smith House.  Fortunate diners might get a tour of the large ballroom on the main floor or the ornate tin ceiling over what was once a bowling alley.   You may even see the fireplace mantel installed by the current owners, the mantel where Andrew Jackson and his wife once stood and took their wedding vows.  All of that and lunch, too. On the menu there are such entrees as chicken Madeira, pork medallions, blackened salmon, and New York strip. Two of the most popular items are sweet potato fries, and mushroom and cheese grits.

2nd Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 22, 2007

Hall of Fame Park


The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville's Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music that have contributed to the world through the music industry with a connection to Music City. The second class of inductees include Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Frances Preston, Wynonna Judd, The Crickets and Michael W. Smith will be honored at the Music City Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony April 22 at Hall of Fame Park in downtown Nashville.


Matisse, Picasso, And The School Of Paris 
Thru June 3, 2007

Frist Center for the Visual Arts


Consisting of 64 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, this rich exhibition explores the work of artists who made Paris the center of modern art and culture from the late 19th century until the outbreak of World War II. While 27 works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso form the core of the exhibition and give the show its name, signature works by predecessors Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne are also included. Surrealists Andre Masson, Joan Miró, and Max Ernst are also featured.


Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon

April 28, 2007


Fifty bands play live on 27 entertainment stages throughout the course of the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon while hundreds of high school cheerleaders cheer on participants. More music awaits at the Post Race Concert with Sara Evans in downtown's Nashville Arena. The 2007 marathon begins at 7am April 28 at Centennial Park and finishes at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans.

CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair 2007

June 7-10, 2007


The annual CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL is unlike any other, taking place over four days and featuring more than 70 hours of musical performances, autograph signings, celebrity sports competitions, and other events with more than 400 artists and celebrities participating.

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“We are always interested in coming up with fun, unique concepts for each event that we produce.  KE&HMG was instrumental in developing fun, creative concepts that spoke to the geographic area as well as our company culture.  What can I say, except what an event it was!  KE&HMG took time to get to know us and really become part of our team!  KE&HMG is creative, resourceful and insightful and true professionals in this business.  Thank you so much for everything!”


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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

Coming soon is KE&HMG’s new website which will be launched later this month.

KE&HMG was recognized at the Association of Destination Management Executives’ (ADME) Annual Conference as an Achievement Award Finalist for Best Innovative Event Under $25,000.  Additionally during the ADME conference, Valerie Hershiser, CMP, DMCP was appointed to the ADME Ethics Review Board and will continue her role as Secretary on the DMCP (Destination Management Certified Professionals) Board.

The Convention Industry Council (CIC) is pleased to announce The Key Event & Helen Moskovitz Group’s Eunice Quiroz has passed the January 2007 CMP examination. 


The Key Event

Celebrating 29 years of event excellence in Nashville! Together, we will unlock the possibilities for your next meeting or event.


Key Hotel Spotlight



Located on 6th Avenue in the heart of downtown Nashville, The Hermitage Hotel is within walking distance of the Nashville Convention Center, the financial district and historic 2nd Avenue.


The Hermitage Hotel, an American landmark since 1910, underwent a $20 million restoration project in 2002.  It is one of the finest small luxury hotels in the nation and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, The Hermitage Hotel received the Mobil Five Star award.  It marks the first time a Tennessee property has achieved this distinction. 


There are 122 luxurious guest rooms and suites, including the Presidential Suite, which has 2,000 square feet, a flat screen TV and overlooks the State Capitol. There are 5,271 square feet of meeting space distributed throughout intimate conference suites and the Grand Ballroom. Every function is assured of superb attentive service and attention to detail.


The hotel's AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant, The Capitol Grille, was named one of the best new restaurants in America by Esquire. The Grille features creative interpretations of southern cuisine.


The goal of The Hermitage Hotel is clear:  to exceed its guests' expectations in every way throughout their stay and to offer a genuinely warm and uncommonly friendly experience each time they return.  What sets The Hermitage Hotel apart from other hotels is their commitment to a style of exceptional, personalized service. Their dedicated staff takes a perfectionist approach to anticipating your every wish. At the same time, their genuine warmth and friendliness will make you feel as if you have come to visit close friends and family. They want you to feel extraordinarily pampered.  For more information, please call their Sales Department at (615) 345-7120 or email them at sales@thehermitagehotel.com

What is a DMC?  According the Association of Destination Management Executives a Destination Management Company (DMC) is a professional services company possessing extensive local knowledge, expertise and resources, specializing in the design and implementation of events, activities, tours, transportation and program logistics.


A DMC can help you by creating unique ideas for special events, teambuilding and other challenging situations, as well as, being the one contact who manages all the details of your event on-site including vendor payments.  Working with a DMC can give you the flexibility to focus on the other important aspects of your meeting or job.  A DMC can work on part or all your meeting needs.


An association, corporation or third party company can benefit from a DMC relationship due to their familiarity with their city, the hotels, attractions and suppliers.  


Your DMC partner becomes an extension of your team by working on your behalf to accomplish your goals while keeping your budget in mind.


Featured Nashville Hotel Offer

First, when selecting a DMC, ask around for referrals and look for DMC’s who belong to ADME (Association of Destination Management Executives), which has membership criteria to ensure member reliability.  When evaluating a DMC, look for longevity, reputation, industry involvement and experience of their staff.  Also, be sure to ask how many of the DMC’s staff members are DMCP’s (Destination Management Certified Professionals).


To get the most out of your DMC, it is important to share your goals, expectations and budget. Be specific by providing as much information as possible.  A good DMC will work effectively to understand your needs as well as communicate the realities of the destination as it fits to those needs. Your DMC should become a strategic partner in helping you met your meeting objectives.


KE&HMG recently worked on a jewelry company’s incentive meeting.  The excellent exchange of information enabled KE&HMG to provide extra local touches to the events which complimented the meeting theme that simply would not have been achieved without it. The end result was an ecstatic meeting planner who reached her event goals.


The keys to any successful event are achieving the event goals, anticipating any challenges and planning for them accordingly.  When your DMC is an integral part of your team, you can achieve greater ROI with your events.



Key Players

Jamie Hulet

KE&HMG Sales Manager


Jamie Hulet joined The Key Event & Helen Moskovitz Group in November 2006 as Sales Manager.  She is responsible for selling KE&HMG services to associations, incentive and corporate markets, generating leads, and client retention.


Jamie began her career in destination management at the La Quinta Resort and Club as program coordinator.  Her responsibilities included program operations, transportation logistics, vendor relations, staff scheduling and accounts payable.  She was quickly promoted to Destination Services Manager where she sold and operated groups from 50 to 900 guests.  Most recently Jamie was an Account Executive with PGI.  Additionally, she has experience working as an event coordinator at an off-site venue. 


Clients find Jamie’s broad array of destination management experience, commitment to customer service and passion for event planning brings creativity and organization to her work.  Her clients include fortune 500 companies, associations and incentive houses.  She prides herself on building strong relationships with clients in order to anticipate and fulfill their needs.


Jamie is an active volunteer with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  While living in Palm Springs she served as volunteer event coordinator for the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic where she assisted in the production of pairings parties and managed the player’s hospitality tent.


Jamie is a graduation of Central Missouri State University with a degree in Public Relations and Broadcasting.



Key Nashville News

Westin will break ground later this year on its first hotel in Nashville.  The $105 million Westin hotel/condo tower will be 19 stories with approximately 375 rooms located in downtown Nashville.  The hotel plans to open in late 2009.



Loews Vanderbilt Hotel’s Executive Chef Elaine Taubin has been named Chef of the Year and recipient of the President’s Award by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF).


In addition, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is gaining a fresh image with a renovation designed to transform the 340-room property into a more distinctive and captivating destination.  Each guestroom will be updated to reflect Loews Hotels’ new brand positioning, which promises to exceed AAA Four Diamond standards and delight guests with a supremely comfortable, uniquely local and vibrant travel experience.  “On the design and décor front, the Loews brand promise ensures that each property has a distinctly local sensibility,” said Mary B. Hammet, the hotel’s director of sales. “In Nashville, the whimsical décor will be reflective of its ‘Music City’ moniker and will add 21st century essentials, such as flat screen televisions, mini-bars and wireless Internet access.”  Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is one of only 78 hotels nationwide and Tennessee’s only hotel to boast AAA’s Four Diamond Rating for over 20 consecutive years.


The Renaissance Nashville Hotel has long described itself as a musically themed expressive destination. The hotel has taken the Music City Brand and incorporated it into the very fibers of the facility.  The hotel has purchased and laid custom carpeting that features an inlaid keyboard and musical notes woven into the fabric.  Flooring all the meeting rooms, the Renaissance is putting is best foot forward in promoting Music City.



Congratulations to Sheraton Music City for being in the top 10 percent of all Starwood Hotels for meeting planner satisfaction scores.  In addition, the Sheraton Music City recently hired Kenny Earl as Sales Manager.  He was previously Convention Sales Manager with Aladdin for 4 years.  Prior to that he worked in Phoenix for American Express.




Gaylord Entertainment Company has announced it is planning a $400 million expansion of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center that will add more than 400,000 square feet of convention and meeting space and a new 400-room, luxury all-suite hotel adjacent to its current facility. With a proposed completion as early as 2010, Gaylord Opryland will then have 3,281 hotel rooms and more than 1 million square feet of convention and meeting space.

David Compton has joined the Sales Team at the Nashville Airport Marriott. David’s focus will be on the SMERF market, and in addition, will be the central point of contact for overflow groups at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Complex.






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