• Bring Out Your Group’s Inner Rock Star at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

     
    FROM THE Fall 2019 ISSUE
     

    Set the Stage for a Memorable Event

Located in The Woodlands is one of the world’s top amphitheaters: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Next April marks the venue’s 30th anniversary, and the first three concerts to take the famed stage were the Houston Symphony, Frank Sinatra and Clint Black. In recent years, Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Tom Petty, Lyle Lovett and Leon Bridges have headlined this popular destination and gathering spot.

In 2016, the pavilion introduced its 21,000-square-foot Pavilion Event Center, which can accommodate more than 3,000 guests and is available for rentals mid-March through mid-November (when it then transforms into a community ice-skating rink). Two air walls can divide the space into three separate rooms, each with its own multimedia capabilities.

The Pavilion introduced the two-story Woodforest Bank Club, a year-round facility that is available for private events any time outside of concert performances, in 2017. The venue includes an expansive, wraparound second-level patio, three bars and a catering kitchen. To set the mood for your team’s inner rock stars, a memorabilia wall showcases photographs, signed guitars and concert posters of various artists who have performed on the venue’s main stage since its inception in 1990. Catering is provided by Wicked Whisk Catering.

Ashley Gravois, public relations and educational outreach manager for the pavilion, says that the event center is typically rented out by large corporate organizations for trainings, retreats and company-wide events. Bands playing at the pavilion usually host meet-andgreets at the center before their shows. And the club, she says, is popular for more intimate gatherings, such as wedding showers, reunions and business meetings.

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

Seven years ago, I moved to The Woodlands from out of state to be closer to family. What I was hoping to find was a familial connection that had been missing ever since I moved away from Indiana, where I was born and raised. What I found, however, was so much more: An eclectic, diverse and welcoming community that I am so proud to call home. I also found a wonderful destination for meetings and events.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.