The Place: The West Monitor Barn
The Scoop: The West Monitor Barn, home to the Vermont Youth Conversation Corps, is the rustic site for events ranging from small weddings to big corporate confabs. Constructed in the early 1900s, the barn was once the centerpiece of a busy dairy farm. Rough-hewn lumber and vintage lamps set an old-fashioned scene, while a wireless network, LCD projector and audiovisual system supply guests with modern event amenities. Nestled in the Green Mountains in Richmond, Vt., the barn is the ideal backdrop for a quintessential Vermont wedding reception; guests can compete in a game of croquet on the lawn or linger over cocktails on the barn's deck.
The Buzz: At 4,125 square feet, the Hay Mow is the barn's largest meeting and conference room; 20 5-foot-round tables and 200 black folding chairs are included in the rental. The barn's 17-by-28-foot Conservation Room offers a seating capacity of up to 40 people; another 20 guests can be accommodated when peri-meter seating is added. The Board Room offers an intimate setting for up to12 guests.
The West Monitor Barn
1949 E. Main St.
Richmond, VT 05477
The Place: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common (pictured bottom, previous page)
The Scoop: Located in the heart of Boston's theater and financial districts, the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, underwent an $11-million renovation in March. The hotel's million-dollar art collection of contemporary sculpture, paintings and prints by noted New England artists provides a refined setting for events. The new ballroom offers more than 10,500 square feet of private function space; the room is an event planner favorite, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the city skyline. The Gallery, the hotel's lobby lounge, is a cozy event space with a stone and glass fireplace, rich brown and gold decor, velvet and silk-draped furniture, and hand-blown Venetian glass lamps. The hotel's Jer-Ne Restaurant and Bar is known for its creative cocktails.
The Buzz: The hotel offers direct access to the Sports Club/LA, a 100,000-square-foot fitness and sports complex; the two facilities team up to create a unique environment for corporate retreats. A selection of team-building activities and group breaks is available; guests can participate in obstacle-course competitions and lifestyle-enhancement classes focusing on spa treatments and nutrition.
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
10 Avery St.
Boston, MA 02111
The Face: Chris Gasbarro
The Biz: C3
The Scoop: As one of three principles of C3, a Stratham, N.H.-based meeting and event agency, Gasbarro represents the creative aspect of the company; his background combines expertise in event production, media creation and development, environmental design, and brand messaging. Gasbarro is currently serving as past-president of both MPI New England and ISES New England.
@Body copy:The Buzz: Gasbarro's track record at C3 includes collaborating with team members on event production for several high-profile clients including Bauer Hockey, Converse, Puma, Timberland and MIT. Although C3 was founded just this year, the company already has produced events everywhere from Colorado to London; at one point, the team executed two different events on two continents simultaneously.
P.O. Box 192
Stratham, NH 03885
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