the highlights was a great party in Portland to celebrate
the 15th anniversary of Idexx Corporation.
This required that we produce a huge, fully erupting volcano
to kick off a rockin beach party.
The Maine Festival on the Arts we assembled a collection
of the most compelling regional bands from the last 20 years
or so, reunited them, and presented them in conjunction with
the bands they play with now. Fun!
this year for a U.S. Navy Destroyer (USS Stump DD-978),
we provided a large tug, 100 barge, Harbor Pilot, and
95-passenger water taxi. Believe it or not, some people think
all we do is book bands, comics, and DJs.
CedarWorks USA we produced a party and lobsterbake
that featured a giant inflatable slide, climbing wall, and
great music. Parking, security, rentals, and event staff all
worked together very smoothly again this year
the Mortgage Bankers Association we arranged boat trips,
luxury motorcoaches, fishing, kayaking, canoe trips, lighthouse
tours, music, and comedy
Fourth of July saw us managing an incredible party
in Northeast Harbor which featured The Tex Beneke Orchestra,
North Star Bluegrass, the Bayside Stompers, and a fireworks
show that cost more than most houses here in Maine.
And a big thank you to some of the artists who
make it so great, such as: Maria Muldaur, Rustic Overtones,
Bill Cosby, Asleep At The Wheel, Tom Rush, Chubby Checker,
The Temptations, The Smothers Brothers, Harry Connick Sr.,
The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Drifters, Motor Booty Affair,
Juice Newton, Jonathan Edwards, Beausoleil, and Bonnie Raitt,
to name-drop just a few.
Summer of 1998: A Chronology
10: Schooner Days in Rockland. A large gathering of sailing
ships in the great harbor. At shoreside, close to downtown,
the entertainment included The U.S. Army Band (40 pieces strong),
plus Schooner Fare, Creatures of Habit, local vocal and dance
groups, and a fireworks show. This is the kickoff to the 2-day
North Atlantic Blues Festival, which featured a total of nearly
20 hot blues bands.
19 - 23: We booked, produced, and coordinated logistics
for a major corporate client's annual management conference.
Music included The Artie Shaw Orchestra, a fine Motown Revue,
and an excellent Boston-area jazz band led by singer Conny
Devanney; speakers included Larry King, Joe Paterno, Sen.
John McCain, Louis Freeh, and a personal hero, Whitey Ford.
29 - August 3: For the Maine Lobster Festival this year,
many said we couldn't top last year's headliners, The Temptations.
This year we snagged The Dixie Chicks before they became such
huge stars (congrats on those CMA awards), who put on a fabulous
show. Also featured this year was "Zydeco Sweetheart"
Rosie LeDet, The Tony Boffa Band, The Boneheads, Blue Willow
Band, and the legendary Sha Na Na, who turned the place upside
down with a high-energy and funny show.
6-9: The following weekend we had the privilege of assisting
with the programming and booking of the headline entertainment
at The Maine Festival in Brunswick. This included performances
by The Radiators, The Iguanas, and Lisa Haley & The Zydekats.
16: The Shawnee Peak Folk Festival in Bridgton featured
several old friends and fine performers, including Livingston
Taylor, Patty Larkin, Bill Staines, Rory Block, Chris Smither,
and Susan Werner.
18: It cannot be said that the New York Yacht Club doesn't
know how to throw a party. To celebrate the 100th anniversary
of their first cruise to Maine, we arranged an unforgettable
soiree for 600 at the College of The Atlantic in Bar Harbor.
22: This was a double-header for Chuck. By day, a lobster
bake for 400 people for Cedar Works to celebrate the opening
of their great new headquarters in Rockport; we handled the
caterer, the tents, a great array of games for both kids and
adults, a band, parking, security, and event staff. That evening,
we produced The Artie Shaw Orchestra in a successful fund-raising
concert for The Camden Public Library.
28-30: The 2nd annual Kelmscott Renaissance Festival in
Lincolnville. We programmed, booked, and produced the entertainment
which included armored knights-on-horseback jousting, knife-throwing,
slack-rope walking, plate spinning, period music, and many
costumed strolling acts. We also supervised Festival operations,
parking, and security.
12-17: An international VIP group chartered a stunning
fleet of sailing yachts. Each day, we coordinated logistics,
arranged for state-of-the-art A-V equipment, catering, top-notch
entertainment including Leahy (who took a night off from being
the support act on the Shania Twain tour to come to Maine
for this gig), Noel Paul Stookey, Old Grey Goose, and The
Tony Boffa Band. It was a thrill to work with the presenters
at this event, including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Jerry Yang (Yahoo),
John Sculley (Apple, PepsiCo), Scott Cook (Intuit/Quicken)
Elizabeth Meyer, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, and Dr. Felice
26: Bill Cosby is a very funny fellow. He was also a thrill
and a joy to book and produce (and great fun to hang with)
for 2 full-house shows at Merrill Auditorium in Portland to
benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine.
This is just a glimpse at some of the
events we put together in summer of 1998; the chronology was
assembled to help give you a sense of what we might do for
your next gathering.