• New Venue Spotlight: Opry in the Heart of the City

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

    New sights, stages and sounds are retrograded at Opry City Stage NYC.

Around the world, people recognize the Grand Ole Opry as the showplace that made country music famous. One year ago, the Opry planted a new stage in the Big Apple. Opry City Stage is Manhattan’s 28,000-square-foot piece of Nashville in the heart of the city. This four-floor dual venue houses Southern food and live country music for the millions who visit Times Square annually. “Many first-time visitors to the U.S. take a trip to NYC, so City Stage gives them a taste of Nashville in a different location,” says Director of Special Events and Group Sales Meredith Rothstein.

As an outpost to its Nashville counterpart, Opry City Stage is a fully integrated, plug-and-play broadcast facility. While the two story, 260-seat-restaurant and bar has access to the Main Stage, the fourth floor houses a more exclusive venue, the Studio at Opry City Stage. Planners can rent the Studio, mezzanine or restaurant from City Stage. Groups can enjoy southern staples like chicken and waffles. Refreshments and live music accompany morning and lunch meetings in the Studio’s 250-seat dining room. “This is a great combination to split up time in two spaces,” notes Rothstein. “We find it reduces monotony for group meetings.” 

City Stage has hosted a wide variety of events for companies in the financial, hospitality and pharmaceutical industries. Additionally, real-time performances from the Grand Ole Opry’s Nashville stage stream live onto Opry City Stage screens. “Venues pop up all over but there hasn’t been anything like this in a long time,” says Rothstein. “City Stage is different because we can accommodate a broader stream of music lovers and stay true to the heart of country, too.” 

If you’re looking for signs that people are ready to travel again, look no farther than the Javits Convention Center in New York City. In late January 2023, the convention center will be hosting two key travel events. First up, on Jan. 25-26, will be TravMedia's International Media Marketplace (IMM), a global networking event. Then, on the weekend of Jan. 28-29, New York Travel & Adventure Show will move into the convention center. 

 

You might recognize the seedlings, herbs, and vegetables that are growing in the photos shared here: ginger and basil, yellow squash, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, and more. And, of course, that’s Manhattan’s unmistakable West Side skyline in the background. So, where exactly, is this bucolic-urban mashup? The answer may surprise you: the Javits Center.

 

With 342 acres, an 18-hole golf course, 150-slip marina and full-service spa, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, had more than enough to keep gorps busy. But the AAA Four Diamond property has just released an updated menu of teambuilding experiences. ““Our dedicated events team takes pride in curating unforgettable and unique group activities that showcase our beautiful location and help to ensure one-of-a-kind meeting experiences right here on the Eastern Shore,” says Cari Ruppert, Director of Sales, Marketing and Events.