The arts and culture scene of a region reveals its heart and soul. Let these local ideas for group excursions inspire your planning.
“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” —Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India
ABC's Nashville films at The Bluebird Cafe
A group tour of Nashville isn’t complete without a visit to legendary The Bluebird Cafe.
Originally made famous by artists such as Garth Brooks, Kathy Mattea and Taylor Swift—who were all discovered under its neon bluebird sign—it’s back in the spotlight thanks to fans of ABC’s “Nashville.” The 90-seat cafe has private event space where hit songwriters perform and can hold a meet and greet tailored to your group.
FLORIDA Artistic expression permeates Central Florida thanks to initiatives like Third Thursday Orlando. The evening event takes place the third week of every month and allows visitors to experience the city’s surprisingly robust cultural scene through food and beverage tastings for food lovers, live product demos for techies and a gallery hop for local-art enthusiasts. The stroll starts at CityArts Factory and then makes stops at Aloft Orlando Downtown, Gallery at Avalon Island, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Loft 55 Gallery, Jai Gallery and NV Art Bar, which all display locally created artwork.
Vintage baseball in St. Louis
In St. Louis, groups can root, root, root for the home teams, which happened to be the St. Louis Perfectos
and the Lafayette Square Cyclones back in the 1860s. Players from these two vintage-inspired baseball teams play ball in Victorian-era uniforms at Lafayette Park from April through October each year. Hook up your attendees with warm, gooey butter cakes at the park, and check out the area’s colorful historic homes on a self-guided walking tour pre- or post-game.
Headshot Truck in L.A.
True Los Angeles locals are never without an 8-by-11 photo ready for that big break. Siphon some L.A. spirit at your next event and hire The Headshot Truck
. The studio-on-wheels rolls up fully outfitted to shoot professional business portraits—a must-have in today’s working world. Or use the truck for a stylized, interactive group photo booth with funny props.
WASHINGTON Mark Lovejoy
Bainbridge Island-based Mark Lovejoy creates these art works for Seattle events
, the man behind our cover image, is rather secretive about the processes he employs to make his vibrant pieces resemble melting saltwater taffy—though we do know he creates the incredible textures and then photographs the final product. “These are not photographs of paintings. No paintings exist,” explains Lovejoy, adding to the mystery of his works. Based outside Seattle on Bainbridge Island, Lovejoy does commission work, and his prints can be purchased in varying sizes, framed or unframed—a nice way to incorporate the local art scene into your meeting as prizes or keynote thank-you gifts. Snag his custom wine-bottle labels, napkins, tablecloths, paper cups, coffee mugs and more for your event.
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—Contributions by Erin Bernhardt
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