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Event Recap: 61st Annual Museum Ball | Birmingham Museum of Art

The 61st Annual Museum Ball took place Saturday, May 6 at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Co-chairs Beth and Scott Adams, Tracey and Rich Bielen, and Tricia and Mark Drew welcomed more than 400 guests for the fundraising event which returned a record-breaking $600,000.

Inspired by landscape paintings from the Museum’s collection, the evening’s theme was Southern Splendor, and the Museum’s galleries were transformed into lush, elegant dining spaces embellished by floral arrangements of magnolias, gardenias, and hydrangea, and decorated with silver accents and delicate porcelain table settings. Alex and Jill Garmon of A.G. Events designed and produced the Ball’s decor.

Chef James Boyce and his staff from Galley and Garden treated guests to a four-course menu of Southern cuisine that included a gulf jumbo lump crab cocktail, stuffed quail, a main dish of braised angus beef short rib with classic sides of collards, grits, deviled eggs, field pea succotash, and peach bread pudding. All were masterfully paired with wines that included Steelhead Pinot Noir, Felino Chardonnay, and Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir.

After dinner, guests were invited to the outdoor terrace for dancing with entertainment by the Surround Sound Band.

Date: May 6, 2017 | ECE Agent: Steve Harry | Entertainment: Surround Sound Band | Venue: Birmingham Museum of Art | Photographers: Ashley Lauren Studios + Nik Layman Photo Video| Design + Production: Alex and Jill from A.G. Events | Caterer: Gallery and Garden – Chef James Boyce 

Thanks to BMA’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Cate Boehm, for providing this event recap.

Event Recap: April Showers Art Party | SC Arts Commission

For 50 years, the South Carolina Arts Commission has served as an umbrella for the development of the arts in South Carolina. Last month, they hosted an April Showers Art Party to celebrate their milestone anniversary.

April Showers featured an art sale of umbrella-themed works by approximately 30 arts professionals, a cocktail buffet and open bar, and a dance party headed by Finesse Band. Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet opened the event with a Singin’ in the Rain performance, and installed throughout the ceiling were umbrellas embellished by students from schools benefited by the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project.

A dream team of vendors came together to make the evening a smashing success.

Date: April 5, 2017 | ECE Agent: Doug Baker | Entertainment: Finesse | Venue: 701 Whaley | Photographer: Molly Harrell Photography  | Caterer: Anna Cline Catering | Bar Service: Black Tie Affair, LLC | Decor & Florals:  L Designs, LLC  | Rentals: Something Borrowed | Valet: Valet Ventures

Venue Spotlight: The Willard InterContinental | Washington, DC

We are thrilled to spotlight one of our favorite DC venues – The Willard InterContinental. There a few hotels as iconic as The Willard. Steeped in history, this prestigious hotel has hosted presidents, foreign dignitaries, and celebrities since opening its doors in 1818. Present day guests experience the finest in modern luxuries including sophisticated guest rooms, refined dining options and even an innovative children’s concierge service. All this just steps away from DC’s remarkable monuments, world-renowned museums and opulent shops.

The Willard shines as a premier venue for DC social and corporate events. The hotel boasts over 22,000 sq. feet of event space with 19 meeting rooms and three stunning ballrooms. Brides Magazine deemed the venue one of “The Best DC Hotels for a Bachelorette Party (2017),” “Top 50 Hotels for Weddings (2016),” and “The Best Venues in America: The South (2016).” The accolades do not stop there. Condé Nast Traveler named The Willard as one of “The 10 Best Hotels in Washington, DC (2017).”

“The majesty of the Willard InterContinental Hotel cannot be overstated.   There is so much history here where many former US Presidents, heads of state and world leaders have stayed.  You can almost feel the history when you walk through the halls and are surrounded by elegance and beauty.  I think that the character of this place is what makes it such an ideal place for weddings.  Particularly for those who want their big day to have a fairytale-like quality, there’s no better place than the Willard.  Our bands  have played many events here over the years – Big Ray & The Kool Kats being the most recent.”  – Rob Cross, ECE DC Entertainment Consultant.

Photo Credit: Sarah Bradshaw Photography