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Festival Introduces After-Hours Events

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Planners looking for a unique experience to reward high-performing teams should consider taking them on a trip to a 16th-century village via the wildly popular Texas Renaissance Festival. This year, the festival is infusing its medieval theme with a decidedly 21st-century experience called The Knight’s Revels, after-hours shows on Saturday nights at the Fields
of New Market campgrounds. The shows take place in an air-conditioned venue with a dance floor and fully stocked bar, and include, depending on the weekend, live music,

Texas Culinary Academy Takes First Place

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The future of the hospitality industry in Texas is bright if the 2022 National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) is any indication. Outshining 80 other culinary and restaurant management teams from across the country, Ben Barber Innovation Academy of Mansfield earned a first place at the invitational, which is hosted by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). The Mansfield academy won the restaurant management competition with its “The Herb’N Table” concept that featured a farm-to-table, contemporary-casual dining experience.

The 1,200-Pound Business Coach

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When I moved to Texas in 2013, I decided that learning to ride a horse was critical to my assimilation in the state. I mean, this is Texas, right? As a Yankee, Texas and horses were inseparable in my mind. The two were one and the same. Didn’t all Texans learn to canter before crawling? (No, as it turns out.) Weren’t all Texans born with a swagger, a cowboy hat, and a pair of boots? (Debatable. But certainly, if not at birth, they obtain them shortly thereafter.) So, learn to ride, I did. Now, I’m hooked—I even have a pair of boots and a cowboy hat (or three) of my own.

Just Add Water

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Planning an event for the heat of the summer? Make a splash with a water-based venue.

It’s summer in Texas, and you know what that means: heat and humidity. Fortunately, many Texas venues are on the water and offer some much-needed relief. We looked at five venues across the state and spoke with planners who made a big splash by choosing to meet by the water. Here are some tips for helping your guests stay cool.

History in the Making

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When choosing a historic venue for your next event, consider these three suggestions.

Texas has a storied past. From Davy Crockett to President Lyndon Johnson, the Lone Star State’s narrative is a real aspect of its legendary status. Holding an event in one of its historic venues provides an added allure to any gathering. Here are three things to think about in choosing your next historic venue.

Set the Scene

Do Good, Together

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If there is one thing the past two years have taught us, it is this: No person is an island. We have a powerful need for connection. In fact, today’s workforce finds it increasingly important to connect by making a difference. According to a recent report by Porter Novelli, a whopping 93% of employees believe that companies must lead with purpose. One way to demonstrate this is to incorporate corporate social responsibility (CSR) into meetings and team-building activities.

CSR Events for Year-Round Employee Engagement

Tinman Social Opens North of Dallas

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Located in Little Elm—just north of Dallas—Tinman Social celebrated its grand opening in June. The two-story social venue features indoor-outdoor dining and full-service bars where guests can enjoy a view of the park and attractions like bowling, axe throwing, arcade games, and cornhole.

“With all the negativity in the world … we wanted to create a positive environment that brings joy to the community,” says Kenneth Wynn, founder and CEO of Tinman Social. “Every game, activity, and detail of the layout is designed for people to gather and have fun together.”

Austin Welcomes Entertainment & Events Venue

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Following a sold-out grand opening celebration in April that included performances by country music legends George Strait and Willie Nelson, Moody Center, a multipurpose venue in downtown Austin, is open for business. The 530,000-square-foot, 15,000-seat venue will be home to concert tours and music shows, as well as sporting events, including The University of Texas at Austin women’s and men’s basketball games. Developers for the $375 million project include Oak View Group (OVG), Live Nation Entertainment/C3 Presents, The University of Texas at Austin, and actor Matthew McConaughey.

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