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Get Golfing as a Group this Summer! May 21, 2012

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It’s that time of year again when the sun is peaking out, temperatures are creeping higher and we’re all looking forward to the occasional afternoon (day, or days!) off to enjoy our favorite warm-weather destinations and activities.  In many corporate settings, a great round of golf can be just what the doctor ordered to solidify new relationships or to rekindle ones from our past, as well as to encourage teamwork and camaraderie within teams from the office.  This week, we’re highlighting some great courses in the tri-state region that also offer some fabulous amenities for your group, such as meeting space or fine dining.  Whatever your needs, Hello Productions’ team is skilled at organizing golf outings, retreats and events of all sizes, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your company’s event request today!

 

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

1001 LaFayette Dr., Farmington, PA 15437

Phone: 724-329-8555

 
In Western Pennsylvania, one would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful, luxurious or versatile golf and meeting destination than at Nemacolin Woodlands.  Nemacolin is a family and luxury vacation destination situated on 3,000 wooded acres in the Laurel Highlands, perfect for a one-day meeting and outing or a weekend full of great events. Located just seventy miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Nemacolin is consistently recognized in the travel and hospitality industry for its superior service, championship golf courses, internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, fine dining and as a meeting destination. Accommodations range from their AAA Five Diamond Falling Rock hotel to comfortable townhomes for entire families. With activities galore, there is something for everyone at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, no matter your age!

 

Longaberger Golf Club

One Long Drive, Nashport, OH 43830

Phone: 740-763-1100

 
As one of America’s Top 100 Public Golf Courses You Can Play, and ranked #1 in the the state of Ohio by Golf Week, you really can’t go wrong choosing Longaberger for your next outing.  The course was designed by Arthur Hills in 1999, and is defined by panoramic views, rolling hills and “immaculate playing conditions.”  It was also the first public course in Ohio to achieve certification by the Audobon International Signature Program, and is a Certified Signature Sanctuary as of April 2001.  The fine golf course is complimented by an extraordinary clubhouse with numerous amenities to accommodate your event. They also feature full-service banquet facilities and meeting packages.  Treat your golfers to a first class, fun and enjoyable golf experience at – one that will likely not be matched and that they will surely remember for years to come.

 
The Resort at Glade Springs

255 Resort Drive

Daniels, WV 25832

 
If outstanding service and superior resort meeting space are on your criteria list for selecting a conference center resort, West Virginia’s Resort at Glade Springs is your best choice for meetings, conferences, incentive trips and golf retreats.  The Resort at Glade Springs offers an all-in-one one destination that is easily accessible, has infinite possibilities for conference setups, and caters to the specialized needs of groups. Your first meeting at The Resort will become a tradition of meeting excellence, repeated again and again.  Their three championship golf courses – the Cobb Course, the Stonehaven Course, and the Woodhaven Course – are among the best in the state and offer some great challenges for players of all skill levels. The manicured golf courses of Glade Springs have been visited by numerous golfing greats over the years, and a number of tournaments, including the West Virginia Open, the NCAA National Championships, and the U.S. Open qualifier, have been hosted on these greens as well. New to Glade Springs are the qualifying rounds for The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR and FedEx Cup event to be held at Glade’s sister resort The Greenbrier for the foreseeable future.  Check us out today!



 
~Lindsey Bradley, lindseyb@helloproductions.com

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Fun Retreat Ideas for 2012 March 26, 2012

Is your company planning a retreat this year? Stuck on ideas to make it memorable and special for your company’s valued employees? Then it’s your lucky day! We’ve gathered some information on great venues and activities in the tri-state area that just might be what you’re looking for in 2012. As always, Hello Productions loves to plan retreats and company meetings, and we would be happy to help you build on any of these or other ideas for your next event!

 

Seven Oaks Country Club

Brighton Township, PA 15009

www.sevenoakscc.com

 

Seven Oaks is a beautiful, private country club situated in Brighton Township, PA, with numerous amenities and options for your next corporate outing or retreat. They pride themselves on putting forth the same professional service to meetings and banquets that they do to individual members, outing attendees and brides. By making this a one-stop shop for your retreat in terms of hosting a golf team-building activity, meetings, catering and of course, the scenery that will take you away from it all within a short drive from the city, it’s a great option for your next corporate event.

 

While you’re in Beaver County, why not consider kicking off your retreat weekend with a private group tour and cocktail reception at the beautiful and historic Merrick Art Gallery? Or, if you’re looking for more action, perhaps a trip to the Darlington Polo Club to watch an exciting a match and enjoy a tailgate under the lights might be what you’re looking for?

 
 
 
 

Glenmoor Country Club

Canton, Ohio 44718

www.glenmoorcc.com

 

Glenmoor Country Club, voted “Best Retreat Location in Ohio” by the readers of Inside Business Magazine, is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, an 18 Hole Championship design that combines challenge and beauty in perfect harmony. They also have a State of the Art Practice Facility including a driving range, target greens, putting greens & chipping green. Glenmoor CC caters to all of your golf events and planning needs at an exceptional value, and can also house your guests at The Bertram Inn on site. Glenmoor also offers such amenities as a full European Spa for those attendees who don’t or would prefer not to golf. With a wide variety of pre-packaged retreats available, as well as the option to create your own unique company event, Glenmoor provides all of the tools at a reasonable price needed for a fantastic event.

 

 

While staying at Glenmoor, consider a day trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to see and experience all the history and excitement of the game! Once you come back to the Country Club hungry, consider having a private cooking demonstration and dinner provided by their Executive Chef in the Black Heath dining room.

 

Stonewall Resort

Roanoke, WV

www.stonewallresort.com

 

The Stonewall Resort, a Four Diamond-rated property nestled distinctly in the mountains of West Virginia, features 208-guestrooms with a lakeside lodge and lakeside cottages, a conference center, restaurants, complete fitness center and swimming pool, spa and an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. With approximately 15,000 square feet of IACC approved conference space and exceptional outdoor venues, the resort can host corporate events with ease. There are no shortage of team-building opportunities available at this mountain oasis, including indulging at the Mtn. Laurel Spa, Guided Segway/Hiking/Biking Tours, Lake and Fishing activities, the Little Sorrel Lake Cruise, as well as the aforementioned Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course- and this is just to name a few!

 

The available activities in the vicinity of the Resort are endless! How about a crazy but educational dose of fun when your group visits the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, featured on the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Ghost Hunters,” in Weston? Both late-night Paranormal tours as well as Historic Tours (including a tour of All 4 Floors+Medical Center, Civil War Tour or Photography Tour) are offered throughout the week. For something a little more tranquil and, dare we say “sanity-promoting,” consider heading to Lamberts’ Winery for a vineyard tour, tasting and pairing class after a day of workshops.

 

The Barn At Fallingwater

Laurel Highlands, PA

www.fallingwater.org/49/about-the-barn-at-fallingwater

 

 

Whether hosting a one day or a multi-day conference or retreat, The Barn at Fallingwater is a unique site that will allow you to create the ideal event for your business or organization. The Barn itself is a converted historic Pennsylvania bank barn, located about 500 yards north of Fallingwater at the entrance to the Bear Run Nature Reserve. By combining or using their distinct settings individually, you can create a memorable group retreat. The Barn has all the modern amenities you might need for group training and teambuilding exercises, all the while taking you out of the hustle and bustle of the city within a short drive. The proximity to Fallingwater allows you to create the perfect ending to your conference – take an interesting tour of the house followed by a social hour complete with music, catering and lush scenery on the bridge.

 

Of course, The Barn at Fallingwater offers you the unique opportunity to walk to the fantastic gem that is Fallingwater, built by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1936-1939. In-Depth tours are available for groups, offering you an inside look into the design, architecture and story of the home and its surrounding grounds, as well as non-guided tour opportunities to take in the beautiful, natural scenery that is part of the property. Why not consider a group scavenger hunt while you’re on the trail? To really get your group’s hearts racing, look no further than the whitewater rafting trips offered by Laurel Highlands River Tours? Not quite ready for the Class III experience? Tamer all-day teambuilding can be had with their fun Kayak and Canoe Instructional Courses, complete with lunch for the whole group at a reasonable price.

 

 

Keep in mind that your company’s retreat should be designed to accomplish certain but small corporate objectives, while keeping true to the real idea of a “retreat” (defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as A. a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director, and B. an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable.) We all need and deserve a break from the daily pressures of our work lives, and a corporate or group retreat should be designed to offer that to your attendees, as well as to provide you with a forum to motivate and rejuvenate your team in a non-work environment. Have a great time “retreating” in 2012!

 

For help with or for more ideas on creating the ideal retreat, please contact Lindsey at lindseyb@helloproductions.com today!

 

Kick Off Your Annual Meeting in Style! February 27, 2012

It’s that time of year again when we’re gearing up to help our clients plan their annual meetings – expertly balancing engaging content, superior venues and high-quality, exciting entertainment for the attendees. As our clients are realizing more and more the value in providing not only a great meeting, full of important content for their employees, but also in providing them with an experience that will help to energize them through the next year and beyond, it is becoming imperative that we find the most creative, cost-effective and fresh entertainment and outing ideas possible to include as part of the overall concept.

 

So as you look to find that delicate balance of fresh entertainment with HR-friendly material, what kinds of options do you have? Try the following on for size:

 

Lee Terbosic - Professional Comedy Magician

Treasure Hunt: Get everyone bonding and learning all about the city the meeting is being held in with a distinctive treasure hunt…the winning team could be recognized at the opening dinner.

 

Lunch Cruise: If you live near the water, provide your staff with a fabulous cruise including lunch, musical acts and networking activities…consider adding a private wine or beer tasting by a local winery or brewery to the itinerary if this fits within your budget and corporate culture.

 

Comedy Troupe: An array of acts can be found within the comedy world…consider asking them to do some creative improvisation with ideas from the audience, or impersonations of your top-level executives to get everyone laughing (or laughing at themselves!).

 

Invite the Circus: If you’re kicking off your event in a large auditorium or banquet room, hire stilt walkers, gymnasts, trapeze artists, fire eaters and more to wow your guests and get everyone feeling like a kid again! If your CEO is up for it, ask them to conduct the dinner or opening discussion dressed as the Maestro of the Circus. If this happens in the afternoon or early evening, have cotton candy, Cracker Jack and lemonade vendors circling the crowd.

 

Murder Mystery Dinner: Hire a professional team to perform a murder mystery while your guests enjoy their meal. This will engage your attendees, get them working together and also entertain them.

 

Tradeshow Floor Fun: Since many vendors and attendees have been at their fair share of boring and/or lengthy tradeshows, make yours “pop” with strolling entertainment! Invite a magician to do card tricks, a mentalist to read the minds of attendees, position living statues at strategic points on the floor, and celebrity impersonators to mingle with the crowd. The possibilities are endless, and can be tailored to your specific tradeshow theme.

 

As always, the entertainment and outings created for your guests can and should be tailored to your company’s culture, the message of the overall event and the “look and feel” you’re looking to convey to your employees about the company for the upcoming year. In many cases, the annual meeting is a way for your company to show your appreciation for your employees. If that is the case, keep in mind that you’ll want to balance presentations and executive messages with engaging activities of all types to suit the makeup of your audience.

 

Hello Productions would love to help you create your best annual meeting to-date in 2012! Contact Lindsey Bradley, lindseyb@helloproductions.com, today to learn more about our services and to see what kinds of killer events we have up our sleeves for you!