IN MEMORIAM: STEPHEN F. LINDSLEY
We at Missouri Meetings and Events spend a good deal of time reflecting on the power and importance of relationships.
With that in mind, we’ve spent the last couple of months contemplating the life and contributions of former MM&E
editorial staff member, Stephen Lindsley.
Stephen passed away in February 2016, after a struggle with serious illness. He was a longtime friend to our staff, having first been employed by group publisher Joe Clote
nearly two decades ago when Publishing Concepts LLC was part of Commerce Publishing in downtown St. Louis.
Stephen was a man of many facets. He was a Gateway City native, father, new grandfather, musician, photographer, historian, genealogist, bibliophile, and devoted enthusiast
for philosophy and the arts. He possessed a special gift for words and images. (And when we had computer or Internet questions or issues, his technological savvy often saved theday.)
He was also a kind and gentle person, a thoughtful friend and colleague.
Re-reading Stephen’s articles in the magazine is a great way to remember his contributions. Visit meetmags.com, and a search for his name will bring up past stories.
We’ll miss you, Stephen.
Julia M. Johnson
CHATEAU ON THE LAKE TAKES HOME AWARDS
Branson’s Chateau on the Lake Resort,Spa and Convention Center has received AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Award for the 18th year in a row.
Only a small number of AAA’s 58,000 rated establishments reach this level of recognition. According to a Chateau press release, it is the only Branson hotel or resort to achieve the rating this year.
The Chateau also received Successful Meetings magazine’s Pinnacle Award for the 10th time in 2016. The facility offers 301 recently renovated guest rooms and suites, plus 43,500 square feet of event space.
For more information, visit www.chateauonthelake.com.
NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM IS MUSIC TO THE EARS IN ST. LOUIS
April 2, 2016, saw the birth of a new cultural icon in the midst of downtown St. Louis. That was the date the National Blues Museum officially opened, bringing one of the most heralded attractions in years to the Washington Avenue scene.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, museum executive director Dion Brown, and a cast of community and entertainment dignitaries stood before a crowd of several hundred at the facility’s entrance that morning. The Normandy High School Marching Band provided a resounding soundtrack for the musical museum’s ribbon cutting, which signaled its official launch.
The National Blues Museum is an ideal spot for receptions, meetings, and other special events. Sales and event manager
Casey Jolley is ready to assist meeting professionals with theplanning of memorable gatherings there.
Visit www.nationalbluesmuseum.org for more information.
KEETER CENTER ENJOYS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks recently garnered a double shot of TripAdvisor.com recognition.
It was named the website’s “2016 Traveler’s Choice for Top U.S. Small Hotel,” and a “2016 Traveler’s Choice among Top 25 Hotels for Service in the U.S.”
The Center, located on the college’s Point Lookout campus, is known for its lodging and dining facilities staffed by hospitality industry students.
For more information on the facility, visit www.keetercenter.edu.
HOSPITALITY SLUNITED BRINGS EVENT PROFESSIONALS TOGETHER
Each year, Saint Louis University welcomes industry members to its Hospitality SLUnited networkingprogram, held at the campus’ Il Monastero event venue. It’s an excellent opportunity for guests to mingle, learn, and make new business contacts. The 2016 event was held the evening of April 28, complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a panel discussion on industry trends, and CEU credit for attendees.
Informal and formal networking periods are part of the agenda, as is a roundtable discussion. Participants make a suggested $15 donation to support SLU’s Hospitality Management study program.
Hospitality SLUnited’s 2016 association partners included the Event Planners Association, International Special Events Society, Hospitality Sales and Marketing International, Meeting Professionals International’s St. Louis Area Chapter, Missouri Restaurant Association, St. Louis Area Hotel Association, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, and St. Louis Institute for Association Leadership.
For more information on Hospitality SLUnited, e-mail [email protected] or call (314) 977-3207.
HASKELL FOUNDATION RAISES FUNDING AND AWARENESS
In April 2016, the Lawrence, Kan.- based Haskell Foundation held its Cornerstone Benefit party and auction to support capital projects at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Guests enjoyed beverages, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and a silent auction featuring artworks by Haskell students and other Native American artists.
The evening event was held at the offices of Travois, a Kansas City-based housing and economic development firm assisting Native American families.
For more information, visit www.haskellfoundation.org.
ROUTE 66 FESTIVAL REVS UP FOR SUMMER
Springfield, Mo., is the site of the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in August this year.
According to the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, about 23,000 people flocked to the event in the city’s downtown area last year. It features family activities and entertainment centered on classic auto and motorcycle shows, parades and concerts. Local, regional and national acts perform at the festival each year.
The event’s 2016 entertainment includes bluegrass and country artist Rhonda Vincent; Asleep at the Wheel; and the Marshall Tucker Band.
Dates for this year’s event are August 12 through 14. For more information, visit www.springfieldmo.org.
NEW EVENT SPACES GRACE ST. LOUIS
Manchester Road in the St. Louis neighborhood of Maplewood now is home to Majorette, a new venue spicing up the local event scene.
Majorette’s owners, Pat and Carol Schuchard, celebrated its launch with a February 2016 evening reception for planners and other professionals. The gathering featured live music, networking, and food and beverage tastings by a number of catering and hospitality businesses.
With space for up to 600 guests, Majorette offers options for meetings and events of many kinds.
The Schuchards also have opened the Boo Cat Club, another vibrant gathering space, on Union Blvd. in St. Louis.
For more information on Majorette and Boo Cat Club, visit http://majoretteevents.com.