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MEETING

CORPORATE

& EVENT

PLANNER


CONTENTS

FEATURES

8 Planning Checklist

Event expert shares her tips

14 More than a Meeting

Keep your attendees engaged

20 Signature Spirits

Create a memorable drink

28 Calendar of Events

What to do when you visit

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14

20

28

ADVERTISERS

2 National Czech & Slovak

Museum & Library

3 Think Iowa City

5 Coralville Parks & Recreation

6 Linn County Conservation

7 Cedar Ridge

Winery & Distillery

9 City of Cedar Rapids

10 Cedar Rapids Tourism

11 Indian Creek Nature Center

12 St. Burch Tavern

13 Bankers Advertising Company

15 Cedar Rapids Kernels

16 Bella Sala Event Center

17 BizFitters

18 Cedar Rapids Marriott

19 Parlor City

21 Coralville Center for the

Performing Arts

23 FilmScene

25 Blue Sky Productions

25 City of Iowa City

27 Coralville Marriott Hotel

& Conference Center

29 The History Center

30 Palmer House Stable

31 DoubleTree by Hilton

32 Graduate Iowa City

WRITERS: Angela Holmes, Jeff Holmes

DESIGNER: Becky Lyons

MEDIA CONSULTANT: Rhonda Roskos

corridorbusiness.com

4 CBJ CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019


Unforgettable Events

Brown Deer Golf Club

1900 COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE, CORALVILLE

BROWNDEERGOLF.ORG | 319-248-9300

The Clubhouse at Brown Deer offers a unique

setting for your corporate meeting or event.

With stunning golf course views, this four season

facility can accommodate groups of 12 in our

Board Room or groups of up to 250 in our

ballroom. Sound and projection can also be a

part of your event. Spill out on the spacious deck

or patio for event socials and networking. Enjoy

a variety of casual dining options with Divots!

Bar and Grill, our on site restaurant, or our food

beverage partner, Marriott Hotel, can provide

almost anything your event desires.

To book a tour or an event,

call 319-688-4000.

North Ridge Pavilion

2250 HOLIDAY ROAD , CORALVILLE

CORALVILLE.ORG | 319-248-1750

A 1,700 square foot, all season venue in a

beautiful park setting. The Pavilion can seat up to

100 and is equipped with a kitchen, large screen

television with available HDMI and USB inputs,

sound, and projector screen. Choose your own

catering or meal options for the space.

The Pavilion is open every Tuesday for general

viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For pricing, call 319-248-1750.


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Cedar Ridge

Rooms with a View

Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery in

Swisher has entered its prime season

for events and celebrations.

“We’re averaging about 10 events a week,

ranging from 12 to 200 guests” said Ashton

Johnson, Cedar Ridge’s Events Manager.

“This is always a busy time.”

Cedar Ridge offers four different venues

for meetings and events of all sizes.

The newest addition is the Vineyard

Room, which seats up to 40 guests. The

space, featuring large floor-to ceiling windows

overlooking the vineyards, is located

right off the Tasting Room, giving the facility

even more versatility.

“Since the Tasting Room is where we

serve our pizzas and drinks, it was only

available when we were normally closed,”

Johnson said. “We built the Vineyard

Room to give us that smaller venue for

people to use at all hours.”

The Vineyard Room is available for

three-hour rentals, but if an event requires

a little more space, both the Vineyard and

Tasting rooms can be rented together –

outside of normal business hours – for

four-hour blocks.

The Tasting Room is available during

non-business hours. It seats up to 60

guests, and features a 25-foot tasting bar.

In addition to the smaller rooms, Cedar

Ridge also offers a 3,500-square foot

Events Center with a seating capacity of

200, and includes tables, linens, and

chairs that can be set up in a variety of

ways. Another unique feature is also included

with the space.

“There are garage doors on both sides

of the Events Center,” Johnson, “so we

can open it up and make it an open-air

venue that gives you a great view of our

vineyards and the countryside that surrounds

the winery.”

Tours of the winery and distillery are

also available with your visit. The facility

hosts about 100,000 visitors per year from

near and far.

Cedar Ridge offers free public Wi-Fi, as

well as audio-visual equipment, screens,

projectors, and microphones.

But you might want to call soon to reserve

a spot as recent state legislation has

made Cedar Ridge an even more popular

gathering space.

“When the laws changed to allow us to

sell our products by the glass, we became

even busier,” Johnson said. “It’s been a

lot of fun!” •

Cedar Ridge

1441 Marak Road

Swisher, IA 52338

www.crwine.com

CONTACT:

events@crwine.com

(319) 857-4300

EVENT CENTER: Seats up to

200 people at round tables

TASTING ROOM: Holds up to 60

people for a cocktail party or up to

44 people for a seated event

VINEYARD ROOM:

Seats up to 40 guests


Your Planning Checklist

Emily McMahon, owner of

Soirée in North Liberty.

8 CBJ CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019

STORY ANGELA HOLMES

ANGELA@CORRIDORBUSINESS.COM

PHOTOS STEPHANIE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY


A local event expert shares questions to ask

Planning a corporate event can

be overwhelming, especially

if it is your first shindig. Emily

McMahon, owner of Soirée in

North Liberty, has more than

a decade of experience in the

event industry. She is also

an adjunct instructor at the

University of Iowa, teaching

courses in the Certificate in

Event Management program.

Here, she shares a few

questions you should ask –

and answer – to ensure your

event is a success.

1

2

3

What are you goals and objectives for the specific meeting or

event? Not every event is the same. Goals differ, as well as the

audience. Determine early on what you want your attendees

to experience. Refer back to the original goals, keeping your

budget in mind, throughout the process.

What kind of venue best suits your needs? There are two types of

venues: standard and non-standard. Non-standard venues, such

as a barn, may have more costs if they don’t have amenities

such as tables and food. Most standard hotel ballrooms will

already have tables and food – and the staff to set them up.

Again, determine what best suits your audience and goals.

Who is providing the food? Guests remember the food, so make

sure it is high quality. Nobody wants their event remembered

for the dry chicken. Some venues, like hotels, provide their own

food service. Others require off-site catering. Be sure to choose

a menu that fits your needs.

CHECKLIST PAGE 12

YOUR EVENT AT

UshersFerry

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BRING YOUR

NEXT MEETING

HOME TO

CEDAR RAPIDS

DO YOU:

■ Serve on an association board?

■ Attend conferences/conventions?

■ Plan meetings across the country?

Make an impact right here at home and host your

next meeting or convention in Cedar Rapids.

Contact me today!

Julie Stow

Director of Meetings & Conventions

Cedar Rapids Tourism Office

j.stow@tourismcedarrapids.com

319.731.4558

370 First Ave NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

tourismcedarrapids.com

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INDIAN CREEK NATURE CENTER

A Natural Fit

From small meetings to company

retreats, the Indian Creek Nature

Center in Cedar Rapids can

accommodate a variety of corporate needs.

According to Liz Zabel, marketing manager,

that is what makes it a perfect location.

“We are able to offer something for

everybody,” she said. “We like to go above

and beyond when it comes to our facilities.”

The Nature Center has 10 different

meeting areas available, highlighted by

a 150- to 200-seat auditorium for more

standard presentations.

Although there is a catering kitchen

on-site, the Nature Center welcomes

groups that bring their own food, provided

no Styrofoam is used in any packaging,

Zabel said.

The Nature Center’s setting provides

clients with the option to connect with

nature, especially at Amazing Space, a

new building and campus that opened in

September 2016.

“We offer some very unique venues and

opportunities both inside and outside,”

Zabel said, highlighting the Bird Room as

a peaceful space to take a break and relax

during a meeting or conference.

Amazing Space is in the process of

achieving the Living Building Challenge

— an environmental certification that

stands above LEED as the world’s most

rigorous proven building performance

standard. Achieving this certification

means the building is regenerative to

the environment— rather than having a

negative or even neutral impact, a Living

Building creates a positive impact on the

human and natural system it interacts with.

For the past two years, the Nature Center

has achieved Net Zero Energy by producing

more energy than the facility uses through

the use of on-site solar panels, as well as

Net Zero Water by capturing and reusing

all water that falls on the site.

As part of its team-building activities, the

Nature Center gives groups the opportunity to

participate in service projects and interactive

programs. Service projects can range from

simple brush clearing and cleaning to more

complicated tasks such as construction of

a rain shelter. Interactive programs, such

as GPS utilization, can be conducted at the

center or at a business’ facility.

With its outdoor facilities the Nature

Center offers much more than just a

standard space to hold a business meeting.

“It’s an amazing place,” Zabel said.

“Being out in nature, you can walk the

trails, you’re connecting with people in a

very unique way. It’s peaceful…a great way

to open your mind.” •

Indian Creek

Nature Center

5300 Otis Road SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org

CONTACT: (319) 362-0664

rbailey@indiancreeknaturecenter.org

EVENT CENTER CAPACITY: Varies

CONFERENCE ROOMS: 2

CLASSROOMS: 2

FEATURES /AMENITIES:

String-lit outdoor patio

Catering kitchen

Auditorium

Outdoor amphitheater

Biophillic design

Wi-Fi

Conference technology


CHECKLIST FROM PAGE 9

4

5

Where do you want to

prioritize your dollars? Once

your budget is set, determine

how you want to spread out

the money. Would you rather

set up your own tables,

freeing up more money for

a higher-level menu? Do you

want to pay extra for the

venue’s staff to clean up the

tables and take out the trash,

or can you do it and put that

saved money elsewhere?

Is the space locked up when

you leave? If your event is

more than one day, find out

if the space is locked up at

night. If not, you may have

to pack everything up and

start over in the morning. Also

find out if the whole floor is

reserved for you and who has

access to the space.

The Den is a

perfect spot

for your next

private event!

Enjoy a customizable

food menu, full bar

and lounge in a oneof-a-kind

setting at

Downtown Iowa

City’s premier private

event space.

BOOK YOUR NEXT EVENT

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7

8

9

10

What are your technical needs? Some venues have their own audio-visual system,

but many do not. You will have to contract a separate company for musts like

microphones, speakers, screens and all of the components. Like dry chicken, poor

sound or videos will promptly lose your audience.

How will you invite everybody? In these days of social media, inviting people to an

event is seemingly easier than ever before. But make sure your emails don’t end

up in a junk folder or unread. Track who is opening emails or responding to social

media invites. Hanging fliers around the office may be old-school, but it will also

draw attention to the event.

What about the décor? The atmosphere will be set as soon – if not before –

attendees walk into the space. How will you make everything coordinate, including

colors and centerpieces? Keep in mind your audience and the goal of the event.

Will you serve alcohol? If you do, find out what type of event insurance is

needed and what the venue covers. Drinks are expensive. Are you providing a

complementary drink or two before the cash bar begins? Do you need to set a time

to shut the bar down before the event ends?

What went right? After the event, have a debriefing meeting with the decisionmakers.

Also, send out a survey to the attendees. Honesty can be brutal, but it

helps you improve. n

CBJ CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019 13


MORE THAN A

MEETING

Keeping at tendees engaged throughout an event

Let’s face it: Meetings are meetings no matter the setting. It is

up to organizers to not only get people to attend, but also to

keep them engaged throughout the event.

Emily Comer, event coordinator of Women Lead Change

(WLC), is tasked with organizing five annual conferences

across Iowa, including in the Corridor, Siouxland, Quad Cities,

Central Iowa and Dubuque. MEETING PAGE 16

STORY ANGELA HOLMES

ANGELA@CORRIDORBUSINESS.COM

PHOTOS CORALVILLE MARRIOTT

14 CBJ CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019


Cedar Rapids Kernels:

More than just Baseball

The Cedar Rapids Kernels offers the

best of all worlds at Perfect Game Field

at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

With its intimate setting that includes both

indoor and outdoor spaces, the ballpark is

the premier location to entertain employees

and clients or friends and family.

Let the Kernels staff plan a party suitable

for a corporate meeting or a relaxing day

out in the sun.

“We have a conference room which

can be set up with tables for 25 or as a

seminar room for 50,” Andrea Brommelkamp,

the Kernels’ senior director of

tickets and group sales, said. “We also

offer our Grand Slam Suite, which offers a

great deal of versatility.”

The Grand Slam Suite is the equivalency

of four regular suites and offers a variety of

configurations for any kind of presentation

or meeting. It can accommodate up to 85

people in a unique setting.

“We recently had a tool company that

was demonstrating a new type of table

saw,” Brommelkamp said. “So, we had

a woodworking demonstration right there

in the suite.

“The great thing about the Grand Slam

Suite is that we can set up for various

break-outs, and since it overlooks the field,

it offers a great view,” she added. “We also

offer on-site catering, including alcohol,

that isn’t always available at most venues.”

And if you want to move your events

outside, Perfect Game Field offers several

different party venue areas, including right

on the field.

“We have a lot of businesses that will

hold outings at the park for their clients

and employees,” Brommelkamp said.

“They might use one of our party areas,

then go out on the field and play catch

or even have a softball game. And with

people looking for unique places for their

wedding, we’ve become a destination for

those as well.”

“We also offer our consistency,” she

added. “I’ve been here 16 years; we offer a

great deal of experience and we love what

we do. It’s always a lot of fun!”

Spaces fill up quickly – call Andrea

Brommelkamp at (319) 896-7603 or email

andrea@kernels.com today to book your

group outing. •

Cedar Rapids Kernels

950 Rockford Road SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

www.milb.com/cedar-rapids

CONTACT: (319) 896-7603

andrea@kernels.com

CAPACITY: 10-1,000+

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“We take into consideration basic human needs

for interaction,” she said. “With events that

have breakout sessions, we try to intermix the

programming of the day so you’re not doing

multiples of the same thing in a row.”

This year WLC is trying out the event

and conference app, Whova, to connect

participants and keep them up to date on

conference activities. The third-party app builds

comprehensive profiles of those registered for a

conference so attendees can meet each other

before the event begins. The app also hosts live

chats and allows participants to ask speakers

questions during sessions, among other nifty

networking tools.

MEETING FROM PAGE 14

A cozy setting at the Coralville

Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER

Urbana-based e-commerce company Clickstop

takes employee engagement to a whole other

level by making a fun weekend out of an

otherwise dry annual meeting.

Every year since the company was founded

in 2005, owners Tim and Nicole Guenther have

invited full-time employees and their significant

others to the Hotel Julien in Dubuque for a yearly

weekend retreat, covering the cost of hotel rooms

and meals. >

simply unforgettable

Full-service facility for up to 650 attendees

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Clickstop employees and guests at Hotel

Julien Dubuque. PHOTO CLICKSTOP

“It gives employees a chance to interact with

people they don’t know very well,” said Chief

Talent Enrichment Officer Monica Steffeck.

While there is time to relax and enjoy the

time away from home, the company does get

down to business with the annual meeting held

from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Along with poring over the businesses’ highs

and lows from the previous year, new initiatives

are announced. In fact, the company usually

waits to make big announcements at the annual

meeting, Steffeck said.

To lighten up this year’s meeting held in

March, some information was presented similar

to a Saturday Night Live newscast.

“It’s funny to laugh at coworkers rather than

sit in a boring meeting,” Steffeck said.

After the meeting wraps up, attendees are

given a chance to explore the area before being

treated to dinner and live band at the hotel on

Saturday night.

The retreat opens up communication

between coworkers who may not have a lot of

interaction with each other at the office.

“We feel like we know each other better at

the end of the weekend and recognize each

other in the halls,” Steffeck said. n

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Send attendees home

with swag that makes

them feel like they got

more than expected.

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customers.

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311 Third Street SE | Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 | info@bizfitters.com | (319) 774-1701

CBJ CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019 17


MIX IT UP

Here are a few creative ideas Shannon Arnold, director of

event planning & operations at the Coralville Marriott Hotel

& Conference Center, has arranged with groups to make

events more interesting:

Las Vegas Casino Night at

the Coralville Marriott Hotel

& Conference Center.

n At a Great Gatsby-themed awards dinner, guests were encouraged to

dress the part, and all food, drink and entertainment was themed to the

1920s era.

n A multi-day conference offered an optional yoga class one morning

before the sessions began and a spin class the next morning.

n The reception of one group’s Vegas casino night started in just a portion

of the ballroom with food and drink and about an hour into the event,

the temporary ballroom walls were opened to reveal an entire casino

show floor with professional dealers on the other side of the room.

n Attendees want more “experiences” when they attend meetings. If they

have an opportunity to make an impact, that also goes over very well.

One conference partnered with the United Way to assemble thousands

of hygiene kits as one of their team building activities. >

Cedar Rapids Marriott

Making Your Next Event Brilliant

n Total of 25,923 square feet of meeting space.

n Beautiful ballroom & additional meeting space

can accommodate events large and small.

n Collaborate with your Sales Team using Meetings

Imagined to “re-invent” the meeting experience.

n Our premier catering services and expert team

offer everything you need to plan, book and

execute at the highest level.

n Gain easy access to our banquet team, right at

your fingertips, with our Red Coat Direct service.

Business travelers will enjoy the convenience of the workstations

and high-speed Wi-Fi access in our rooms; and our hotel amenities,

including pool, fitness center and Cedar Grille Restaurant and

Lounge will serve as needed respite from a long day’s travel.

1200 Collins Road NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

800.396.2153

marriott.com/cidmc

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Parlor City

the Ideal Solution

BOOK YOUR EVENT:

Anniversary

Award Banquet

Baby / Bridal Shower

Birthday

Celebration of Life

Class Reunion

Corporate Event

Family Reunion

Fundraiser

Gift Brunch

Graduation

Rehearsal Dinner

Retirement

Wedding

Long known for great food and fun in

the NewBo District, Parlor City Pub &

Eatery offers a host of options for businesses

to hold offsite meetings, and one of

them might just be ideal.

For the past couple years, Parlor City has

operated the Ideal Social Club. The former

Ideal Theater, built in 1914 as a Czech-language

silent movie theater, was purchased

from Borgenson Automotive Paint by Parlor

City and the Jelinek family in 2014. After

three years of painstaking restoration, it reopened

as an event venue in 2017.

“We had a really good relationship with

the paint shop,” said Steph Jelinek of Parlor

City. “When they were ready to sell the

Ideal building, we were ready to buy it.”

The Ideal Social Hall — which is on the

National Register of Historic Places — can

comfortably accommodate 175 guests

seated in the resorted interior, along with

space on the grounds for over 200 more.

“It’s a great place for just about any

event,” Jelinek said. “There’s a lot of free

space to configure it many different ways.”

In addition, while Jelinek said that businesses

are welcome to bring in any food

and refreshments of their own, they can

also have the event catered by Parlor City

Pub & Eatery.

Parlor City’s home base offers three different

mostly private areas that are available

for events and meetings of any kind.

n The Five Seasons Room is available

year round. It seats 77 people, or

can be split in half to seat 40.

n The Green Room is set up for 26, perfect

for smaller gatherings and events

n The Pavilion seats 48. It is set up

to be an open-air facility in warm

weather, but also is heated and has a

gas fireplace for in colder weather.

“We have a lot of options,” Jelinek said.

“Depending on the event, we offer hourly

rental rates along with a full menu of food

and drink choices for all of our facilities. We

just need a basic outline of what customers

need and we can go from there.” •

PARLOR CITY

PUB & EATERY

1125 Third St. SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

www.parlorcitypub.com

CONTACT: party@parlorcitypub.com

(319) 247-0000

FIVE SEASONS ROOM:

Seating capacity – 77;

drinks and apps capacity – 100

PAVILION: Seating capacity – 48;

drinks and apps capacity – 70

GREEN ROOM: Seating capacity – 26;

drinks and apps capacity – 30

IDEAL SOCIAL HALL

213 16th Ave. SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

http://idealsocialhall.com

CONTACT: party@parlorcitypub.com

(319) 573-6310

SEATING CAPACITY: 175+

Additional outdoor capacity: 200+


Signature Spirits

Groups, venues work together

to create memorable drinks

A surefire way to make an event

memorable is to offer a signature drink

concocted specifically for the host. >

STORY ANGELA HOLMES

ANGELA@CORRIDORBUSINESS.COM

Clarified Mojito mixed by Jared

Rodenwald at the Maikka bar at The

Hotel at Kirkwood.

PHOTOS BRIAN DREAGER

20 CBJ CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019


vA

Inspire. Create. Share.

Whether you’re planning a business meeting or

a full-scale musical, the Coralville Center for

the Performing Arts is here for you!

guest speakers, theatrical productions, solo

recitals, social events, receptions, and more.

• Beautiful 472-seat auditorium

• Full-service concessions

• Six spacious dressing rooms

• Easy-access loading

• Plentiful free parking

• Complete event support

CBJ CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019 21


Jared Rodenwald, lead bartender at the Maikka

bar at The Hotel at Kirkwood mixes drinks.

Ashley Levitt, events &

social media marketing

manager at the Corridor Business

Journal, works with various

venues to create cocktails for

popular CBJ events such as

Women of Influence, Forty Under

40, Coolest Places to Work and

Fastest Growing Companies.

“A signature drink is a fun,

easy way to extend recognition

to your honorees or an event

sponsor,” she said. “You can

request a drink that is on theme

with the event color, includes

alcohol made by event sponsors,

or even rename the drink after

honorees or a sponsor.”

Among Levitt’s favorite

signature drinks is the “Ginger

Whiskey,” also known as “The

Nyemaster,” created by Jared

Rodenwald, lead bartender at

the Maikka bar at The Hotel

at Kirkwood. The cocktail was

named after Nyemaster Goode,

the sponsor for the CBJ’s Fastest

Growing Companies reception

held in May 2015.

Another favorite was “The

Impact” named for Forty Under

40 honorees who have made

a “significant impact in their

business and community early in

their careers.” The combination

of pear vodka, cranberry juice

and a cinnamon stick was a hit

and has remained in the CBJ’s

event repertoire.

Rodenwald often receives

requests to create a signature

drink, whether it be for a wedding,

reunion or corporate event.

He takes several things into

consideration when creating a

customized cocktail, including

the type of business it is, the

audience demographics and the

theme of event.

When a client requests a

certain color, he keeps in mind

what will mix well together. For

instance, dark rum or bourbon

wouldn’t be the top choice for an

island blue hue.

SPIRITS PAGE 24

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Best Yet

to Come for

FilmScene

Already a prime location for business

groups to gather, FilmScene

is looking ahead to an even brighter

spotlight. On Aug. 1, the nonprofit will

move into the bottom two floors of the new

Chauncey building in downtown Iowa City.

“We are very excited about the future,”

FilmScene’s Director of Operations Emily

Salmonson said.

FilmScene’s futuristic new home will be

the “front and center” of the new high-rise

building with a glass facade and will offer

features that make it a destination for both

entertainment and business activities.

Make no mistake, FilmScene’s current

facility is still a great place to meet.

“Of course, we function primarily as a

theater,” Salmonson said, “but we also can

offer our space to companies as a unique

and fun place to hold their meetings.

“Our current main screen can seat 65,”

she added. “We have our traditional concessions

area and we also have a rooftop

patio above the main theater. That is a

great location for breakouts, maybe even

an after-meeting happy hour.”

The opportunities offered by the current

facility’s location on the Ped Mall are almost

limitless, she continued.

“It’s a great location with things to do

during lunch, or breaks between meetings,”

she said. “It’s like an extension of our facility.”

But while the old building has served

FilmScene well, there is a lot of excitement

surrounding the opening of the

Chauncey building.

“It’s been a little surreal,” Salmonson

said. “For a long time, it’s been something

we looked at through artist’s drawings and

building plans, but now that it’s actually

this real place we can see coming together,

it’s really exciting.”

The space uses materials and design

elements intended to marry old and new,

down to the lighting, which incorporates

classic bulbs to illuminate a modern concessions

area, and is used elsewhere to

pay homage to the neon theater signs of

the past.

The two main theaters will be woodwrapped

pods. The interiors of each theater

will sport the company’s blue and

black color scheme, and instead of the

traditional lighting sconces and curtains,

there will be uniquely-shaped acoustic tiles

lined with LED lights. •

FilmScene

on the Ped Mall

118 E. College St.

Iowa City, IA 52240

CAPACITY: SCENE 1: 65

ROOFTOP: 45 LOBBY: 70

at The Chauncey

404 E. College St.

Iowa City, IA 52240

CAPACITY: THEATER 1: 120

THEATER 2: 70 THEATER 3: 50

www.icfilmscene.org

CONTACT: (319) 358-2555

emily@icfilmscene.org

TYPES OF EVENTS:

Private rooftop parties

Private film screenings

Lobby rentals for parties

Rooftop happy hour

Daytime theater rentals

for meetings and presentations


SPIRITS FROM PAGE 22

Hanky Panky at

the Maikka bar

at The Hotel at

Kirkwood, and

fresh limes for the

Clarified Mojito.

“You need to find a balance

of what looks good and what they

want,” he said.

Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

in Swisher also gets its share of

signature drink requests from

clients. The venue is required by

law to only use spirits it distills in

the cocktails served on-site.

“So, with that in mind, our

cocktails are designed to highlight

our products,” said Ashton

Johnson, Cedar Ridge’s events

manager. “Rather than making

drinks to hide the spirit’s flavors,

we aim to showcase them in each

unique drink.”

Maikka also tries to keep it

local, using products from Cedar

Ridge, wines made at The Winery

at Kirkwood and herbs grown

in the Kirkwood greenhouse,

Rodenwald said.

While signature drinks aren’t

a requirement for a corporate

event, they do create a lot of buzz

– so to speak.

“Attendees definitely take

notice when they see a lot of

blue drinks ‘walking around’ and

are curious to try it,” Levitt said.

“Guests appreciate these little

details, but we’ve seen a more

positive response from sponsors.

One company was so excited that

they requested the recipe and

decided to feature it at their own

office gathering.” n

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Clarified Mojito

1.5 ounces Flor de Caña Extra Seco

1 ounce clarified lime juice

2 white sugar cubes

6-8 fresh mint leaves

Soda water

Add the rum, lime juice, sugar cubes and mint to the bottom of a

highball glass. Use a muddler to mix liquid ingredients and press the

mint. After sugar has dissolved, fill glass with ice and top with soda

water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

From Maikka at The Hotel at Kirkwood

Bluebeard

2 ounces Cedar Ridge Malted Rye Whiskey

1.5 ounces blueberry cinnamon puree

3/4 ounce Muscadine Shrub

House-made Blueberry Ginger Beer

Blueberries

Mint leaves

In a rocks glass, muddle 3-5 blueberries

and 2-3 mint leaves. Fill cocktail shaker

with ice. Add whiskey, blueberry puree

and shrub. Shake well. Pour cocktail into

glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with

blueberries and a mint leaf.

From Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

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Riverside Festival Stage

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Recreation Area

www.icgov.org/eventfacilities

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GingerWhiskey

or The Nyemaster

2 ounces Jim Beam bourbon

1 ounce lemon juice

½ ounce simple syrup

Ginger ale

Ginger

Orange

In a Collins glass, muddle ginger. Shake bourbon, lemon and

simple syrup. Proceed to strain into the glass. Fill with ginger ale

and then garnish with orange wedge.

From Maikka at The Hotel at Kirkwood

IowaMule

2 ounces Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon whiskey

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Cedar Ridge House-Made Ginger Beer

Lime Slices

In a copper mug, fill with ice, then add whiskey. Add in lime

juice, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime slices.

From Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

Hanky Panky

1.5 ounces Old Tom Ransom Gin

1.5 ounces Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Fernet Branca Amaro

Orange twist

Add all liquids into mixing glass with ice and stir until

chilled. Strain into chilled martini or coupe glass, garnish

with an orange twist.

From Maikka at The Hotel at Kirkwood

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Great Getting Greater

CORALVILLE MARRIOTT

Already a destination location for

travelers, visitors and business

meetings, the Coralville Marriott at

the Iowa River Landing is getting even better.

“We are the premier meeting place in

Coralville,” said Molly Horton, the hotel’s

Director of Sales. “It’s an exciting location

and place to be.”

The Marriott has 60,000 square feet of

meeting space available with a 15,000-

square-foot ballroom, a 7,200-squarefoot

ballroom and a 30,000-square-foot

conference center, as well as 10 breakout

rooms. And the entire facility has recently

undergone a facelift.

“We’ve been working on a $4 million

remodel of all our function space,” Horton

said. “They’ve all been redone with

new lighting, wall vinyls, furniture, and

carpeting. We’ve used cool, neutral tones

with a nod in design to the texture and

patterns found in hawk feathers, water, and

coral, in honor of our location in Coralville.”

A large part of what makes the Marriott

such a prime gathering spot is its location.

“We’re right off Interstate 80 and the hub

of the great, booming Iowa River Landing,”

Horton said. “Right behind the hotel is the

Iowa River and the Iowa Wetlands Park

that has walking trails and places to just

relax. There are all kinds of shops and

restaurants to visit and, of course, we are

right next door to the new Xtream Arena.”

Xtream Arena, Coralville’s shiny new 6,000

capacity sports and entertainment facility

will be opening in the fall of 2020, bringing

concerts, trade shows, and the possibility of

minor league hockey and other sports to the

south end of the Corridor.

“We’re excited to have the arena right

here,” Horton said. “It’s going to bring so

many people to the IRL. It’s exciting to see

it take shape.”

Another unique feature at the Marriott is

a working library.

“We are honored to host the Iowa

Writers’ Workshop library, the only working

library housed by a hotel in the United

States. This library exclusively holds works

by participants in the Workshop,” Horton

said. “It’s a very popular attraction and

such a great thing to have right here.” •

Coralville Marriott Hotel

& Conference Center

300 E. Ninth St.

Coralville, IA 52241

www.marriott.com

CONTACT: (319) 688-4000

TOTAL EVENT SPACE:

57,588 square feet

CAPACITY OF LARGEST SPACE: 4,050

MAXIMUM BREAKOUT ROOMS: 20

BALLROOMS: 2

FEATURES/AMENITIES: Catering

High-speed internet access

AV equipment/technician

Security guard


WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU VISIT

Work hard, play hard, right? If you’re planning an event in the Corridor, it’s

always nice to treat your valued guests to a fun event outside the walls of your venue.

These are just a few of the marquee events the Corridor has to offer.

IOWA CITY JAZZ FEST

JUNE

5 IOWA CITY FARMERS MARKET, Chauncey Swan Ramp,

415 E. Washington St., Iowa City. 5-7 p.m., icgov.org/

farmersmarket. Features local handcrafted, homemade

and homegrown goods and produce as well as live

local music. Every Wednesday through October.

8 IOWA CITY FARMERS MARKET, Chauncey Swan Ramp,

415 E. Washington St., Iowa City. 7: 30 a.m.-noon,

icgov.org/farmersmarket. Features local handcrafted,

homemade and homegrown goods and produce as well

as live local music. Every Saturday through October.

15 CEDAR RAPIDS DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET,

7:30 a.m.-noon, downtown Cedar Rapids,

cedarrapids.org. Features more than 200 local

vendors offering a variety of products.

22 DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY, Iowa City Downtown

District, thinkiowacity.com. All-ages event includes

music, ping-pong tables, video game tournament,

sand volleyball and more.

25 BALLOON GLOW, 6-10 p.m., Sinclair Levy, 1430

Second St. SE, Cedar Rapids, freedomfestival.

com. Listen to live music as colorful lighted hot-air

balloons are raised just before dusk.

CEDAR RAPIDS BALLOON GLOW

JULY

3-4 CORALVILLE 4TH FEST, S.T. Morrison Park, 1513

Seventh St., Coralville, coralville.org/310/4thFest.

Includes a 5K run/walk, entertainment, food, a

free concert, parade, free family-friendly activities

and fireworks.

5-7 IOWA CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL, downtown Iowa City,

summerofthearts.org. Weekend filled with four

stages of live jazz music, food, art vendors,

children’s activities and fireworks.

6 CEDAR RAPIDS DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET,

7:30 a.m.-noon, downtown Cedar Rapids,

cedarrapids.org. Features more than 200 local

vendors offering a variety of products. Also July 20.

13 NORTH LIBERTY BLUES & BBQ, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.,

Centennial Park, North Liberty, northlibertyblues.

org. Features live music, local barbeque vendors

and beverage garden.

20 ASIANFEST, McGrath Ampitheatre, 475 First St.

SW, Cedar Rapids, noon-10 p.m., asianfest.org.

Celebrate and recognize culture and heritage

from all over Asia with local food vendors, live

performances, a fashion show and more.

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FRY FEST

AUGUST

2-3 SOUL & BLUES FESTIVAL, 7:30-10 p.m.,

Pentacrest, summerofthearts.org. Celebrates the

music, dance, food and art of African and African-

American communities.

24 MARKET AFTER DARK, 6:30-11 p.m. Aug. 24,

downtown Cedar Rapids, cedarrapids.org. The

nighttime farmers market brings more than

40,000 people downtown for food, beer, wine, art,

entertainment and more.

30 FRY FEST, Iowa River Landing, Coralville, fryfest.

com. Kick off the University of Iowa football season

with a Hawkeye tradeshow in the Coralville Marriott,

concert, food vendors and beverage garden.

CEDAR RAPIDS FARMERS MARKET

SEPTEMBER

15 FESTIVAL LATINO, McGrath Ampitheatre, 475

First St. SW, Cedar Rapids, https://bit.ly/2GLji7L.

Celebrates Latin American culture with live music

performances, different types of food from various

countries and family-friendly activities.

21 CEDAR RAPIDS DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET,

7:30 a.m.-noon, downtown Cedar Rapids,

cedarrapids.org. Features more than 200 local

vendors offering variety of products.

There’s no time like the present

to plan your special event at

The History Center.

RENTALS

Meetings | Parties | Banquets | Receptions | Weddings

Great space

for your events!

Contact US!

The History Center

800 2nd Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

319.362.1501

jenny@historycenter.org

www.HistoryCenter.org

Unforgettable

experiences happen here!

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NOVEMBER

NORTHSIDE OCTOBERFEST

OCTOBER

1-6 IOWA CITY BOOK FESTIVAL, downtown Iowa City,

iowacitybookfestival.org. Organized by the Iowa

City UNESCO City of Literature, the festival

celebrates books and writing with readings, film

screenings, panel discussions and a book fair.

5 NORTHSIDE OKTOBERFEST, Market Street, Iowa

City, downtowniowacity.com. Anyone can enjoy the

atmosphere, food vendors and activities, though

only those with tickets will be allowed the tasting

glass to sample beers, ciders and wines from more

than 70 booths.

30 TANNENBAUM FOREST, Amana Colonies Convention

& Visitors Bureau, 622 46th Ave., Amana,

recurring weekly on Sunday and Saturday,

amanacolonies.com. See a forest of decorated

trees, nativity, 15-foot German pyramid and

Santa. Continues weekends through Dec. 22.

DECEMBER

7-8 HOLIDAY THIEVES’ MARKET, Iowa Memorial Union, UI

campus, Iowa City, fineartscouncil.uiowa.edu. Art

exhibition and sale featuring more than 125 artists

in painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking,

drawing, metal, glass, jewelry, fiber and more.

business & all life’s events

PALMERHOUSESTABLE

business & all life’s events

Get outta town for your next event!

where

200 E Main Street

Solon, IA 52333

spaces

Indoor & Outdoor

Overnight Accomodations

capacity

10 - 300 people

our specialty

Concierge Customer Services

Flexible Event Arrangements

One Place at One Price

Need help with an event?

Over the past 15 years,

the CBJ has held some

of the region’s most

popular corporate and

awards-based events.

Al Wells | 319.400.2908|al@palmerhousestable.com

www.palmerhousestable.com

CBJ’s Event

Services Group

can help you

customize an

event on time

and on budget.

Contact Ashley Levitt at

(319) 665-6397 x 311 or

ashley@corridorbusiness.com

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What A

Sweet Welcome

It starts with a warm chocolate chip cookie

and doesn’t stop there. Sophisticated,

iconic, contemporary, are all words to

describe the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar

Rapids Convention Complex. As the only

hotel in the heart of a vibrant downtown,

you will enjoy over 30 eateries as well

as many area attractions within walking

distance. Our 14 passenger bike has seats

available to tour the hot spots!

With 82,000 square feet of flexible

meeting space including the U.S. Cellular

Center Arena, we can easily accommodate

5 to 5,000 guests. Many options include

a Grand Ballroom, Convention Center, and

performance arena. Our established and

caring sales and catering team are happy

to assist with the details.

Let us be your home base in the Midwest!

Encompassing a hotel, convention center

and arena, all you can envision is here

under one roof.

350 First Avenue NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

T (319) 731 4444 | F (319) 731 4455

CedarRapidsConventionComplex.DoubleTree.com

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More Than Just

Meeting Space

• Convenient downtown

location

• Locally inspired design

• Complimentary wi-fi

• Unique meeting & event

spaces

• Gene’s bar & restaurant

• On-site café, Poindexter

Coffee

210 S Dubuque St • 319 337 4058 • graduatehotels.com/iowa-city • @graduateiowacity

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