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Lehigh Valley Offers Small-Town Charm & Big-Time Fun

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Once a formidable industrial and manufacturing powerhouse, today the Lehigh Valley region is known for its considerable charm, and its downtowns are fi lled with excitement and family fun. One can learn about the American Revolution, attend a minor league baseball game (go IronPigs!) or visit the popular family-friendly Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. It’s also a great place to plan your next meeting or event.

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Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurants Make Other States Green With Envy

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Do images of flavorless tofu and bean sprouts come to mind when you hear the words “vegetarian food”? As recently as five or 10 years ago, it was difficult for anyone embracing an animal-free diet to find restaurants that would accommodate their tastes and preferences. Things have changed; today’s health conscious diners can enjoy some of the most creative and surprising cooking throughout the entire state. According to Andrea Kyan from Philadelphia’s P. S.

Event Snapshot: Associations Assemble at The Terrace

Three organizations celebrated the holiday season in style at the brand-new Terrace in Paramus. The event brought together members of ISES NJ North, MPI NJ and NACE NJ for a fantastic event that included live music and entertainment including a walking dessert table! It was a fun evening of networking and socializing with industry colleagues from across the state.

 

Venue Spotlight: Cairnwood Estate

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It’s not too often that you get an entire mansion at your disposal, but when you book an event at Cairnwood Estate, the whole National Historic Landmark is yours. Built in 1895 by John Pitcairn, this Beaux Arts French chateau was just named one of the top 25 best historic homes in America by Traditional Home magazine. While the event venue, which has been open since 2001, is most often associated with weddings, this Gilded Age landmark isn’t just for brides and grooms.

3 Tips for Getting the Most From Your Event Speaker

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A SPEAKER DOES MORE than establish the theme of your conference or meeting. Right from the start, he or she will determine the quality of your event, so it pays to do your homework and invest in someone who will make your event great before and after the keynote address. Here are a few suggestions to guide you in getting the most from your event speaker:

6 Pros Share Secrets to Choosing Venues

NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF EVENT YOU’RE PLANNING, VENUE SELECTION IS ONE OF THE FIRST BOXES YOU HAVE TO CHECK OFF YOUR TO-DO LIST. THAT EMPTY BOX CAN FEEL LIKE A CONTINENT, WHICH MAKES MARKING IT “DONE” ESPECIALLY REWARDING. TO SHRINK IT DOWN TO ISLET SIZE, SIX NEW JERSEY-BASED EXPERTS—THREE EVENT PROFESSIONALS AND THREE VENUE INSIDERS—OFFER THEIR EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

Big Things Are Happening in Hoboken

IT MAY BE JUST 1 SQUARE MILE but there’s plenty of chutzpah packed into the tiny metropolis of Hoboken. It’s been named the best walking town in America for places with a population of 50,000 (WalkScore.com), a top ten college town (Princeton Review) and No. 1 city in the country for singles (Money magazine). Of course, it is also known as the birthplace of Frank Sinatra and the hometown of everybody’s favorite baker, the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro.

Book a Garden State Farm for Your Next Event

FARMS HAVE LONG BEEN THE BACKBONE OF AMERICA, and there’s something both historic and patriotic about walking along land that has been owned and worked on for generation after generation. Farms are typically comprised of a barn, acres of land and the family’s private home. Many of New Jersey’s historic farms have opened up some of their space to hold meetings and events.

Art Factory is a Creative Event Planner’s Dream Space

Part beehive of artistic activity and part raw space, the Art Factory isn’t like anything else you have ever seen. While others work to create an industrial chic appearance, this place is the real McCoy. The Art Factory occupies a former textile mill dating to the 1800s. Comprising 26 buildings, the mill manufactured jute for riggings on sailing ships but closed in the 1950s.

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