The High Spirits blog is back on track! This past year HS was hired to produce 3 evening parties and 2 Bus Tours in connection with the national BALLE conference held in June in Oakland. I will post a few photos shortly.
The Stege Centennial Open House is now history….and I’m glad to report everything turned out wonderfully and High Spirits got rave reviews from client and guests alike. Everyone I heard from loved the food provided by Nature’s Bounty Cafe and Catering of Antioch. Mini cornbread ham sandwiches, red potato salad and lots of other goodies kept the guests satisfied. Luckily, there was lots of delicious house-made lemonade and ice tea, because the temperature climbed to the high 70’s. Local politicians State Senator Loni Hancock, Supervisor John Gioia and El Cerrito City Council members were on hand to commemorate and congratulate Stege with speeches and elegant plaques. There were information tables from Stege itself, EC Historical Society, EB MUD and Kids for the Bay. Live classical music was provided by members of West County Winds. The crowd was estimated to be close to 100 at its highest point. A big sheet cake proudly adorned with the new Stege logo and ten candles, one for each decade, was cut and served to the crowd following the program of speeches. One of the highlights for me was when the Stege Board President, Beatrice O’Keefe publicly thanked me and High Spirits Event Planning. It made all the work and running around worth it! Here are a few photos from the big day!
I know it’s been a while but what can I say? Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. The Centennial Open House is just a little more than a month away and all the details are falling into place. Historic photos, info tables by Stege Sanitary’s partners , live music, proclamations by local politicos….some of the many elements coming together for the Saturday, May 18 event. I hope some of you will make it over to 7500 Schmidt Lane in El Cerrito from 1-4pm. At the very least there will be really nice food from Nature’s Bounty Cafe in Antioch. It’s an all organic cafe and Lynn does an amazing job with catering as well.
Plus, I’ve been working on confirming monthly mixers for the SBA that are turning out to be quite well attended due to our amazing lineup of Guest Speakers and other factors. On 4/23, join me at the wonderful and eclectic 25th St. Collective in Oakland, for an evening with folks from Free Range Studios, the creative group that made ‘The Story of Stuff’ film and ‘Story Wars’.
That’s it for now…back to the fun of planning and producing events! See you later!
Here’s an image from the exciting Sustainable Business Alliance Locally Inspired Mixer held at St. Vincent De Paul Society Center in Oakland, March 26, 2013
Happy New Year! Usually, at the start of a new year I, like you, maybe, spend some time reliving the past year’s highlights as well as wondering about what the next turn around the sun will bring to one’s life. For me, the highlights of 2012 included the wide variety of successful events I organized, both as a volunteer and for HIGH SPIRITS.
For the Sustainable Business Alliance, I coordinated a May luncheon mixer, a July Workshop on social media, and a well-attended August screening of the engaging film, Fixing the Future. 2012 was about transition for the SBA and as the Event Coordinator, I found it challenging, very educational, inspiring and an ultimately edifying year. As ambassador for the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce, I helped put on monthly mixers to help boost the local economy of my home town. As a Board member of Friends of El Cerrito Library, I enhanced the big Fall Book Sale by arranging the 2nd annual Books ‘n Brunch which includes live music, coffee and snacks for sale and a children’s activity tent.
In September, HIGH SPIRITS was hired to arrange and coordinate the Grand Opening Party for Song Insurance Agency. The Mayor of El Cerrito came to do the ribbon cutting with the Chamber’s giant scissors, a giant balloon tower greeted guests and the charming house office was filled to capacity.
Some of 2012’s best news came in January when Stege Sanitary District, hired HIGH SPIRITS to help plan and coordinate Stege’s Centennial Celebration which will be in May of this year. The Board’s idea to engage the community resulted in my arranging with E.C. High School Art teachers to have high school students submit original designs for a poster and logo contest. In November, the Stege Board chose a winner whose poster is being used to publicize the Open House. All the students’ works will be displayed publicly in the office and other possibly other venues.
As you may imagine, I’m very excited to be working on the Stege Centennial Celebration. It’s not often you get to celebrate a 100th Birthday of someone or something. The Stege Sanitary District forefathers back in 1913 were determined to set the groundwork for a sanitary system, knowing how their community was rapidly growing. Future posts will offer more details about the big year for Stege.
Next post I’ll talk more about the exciting 2013 lineup for SBA events !
Suffice it to say, that between Stege, SBA, EC Chamber and Friends of EC Library, I think 2013 is going to be a banner year for HIGH SPIRITS Event Planning. I hope you’ll check in with me and the blog often and offer words of encouragement or feedback. It’s always welcome. And I offer you warm wishes for a healthy happy and prosperous new year!