HOME FUR GOOD

One of our “Santa” characters will be at Pinnacle Peak Dog Park Sunday, November 8, 2020, 8am to 12noon, to pose for pix with your pets. The bulk of the donations will go to “Home Fur Good,” a no kill animal rescue in Phoenix.  The park is located at 20900 N Black Mountain Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050 right by highway 51.

Use your smart phones and cameras for the photos. “Santa” requests a donation of $10. or more by PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, or Square. No cash payment can be made at the park, so just take the picture and then send your donation. $5. of each donation goes to “Santa” so he can get his suit cleaned. The balance of each donation goes to help the pets. We at Avalon love animals and are grateful for “no-kill” shelters so we hope you can take advantage of this photo op, use the pix for memories and/or holiday cards, and support a worthy cause.

Virtual Meetings & The “New Normal”

In this “New Normal”, virtual meetings have become important alternatives to live conferences. While they can’t duplicate all of the benefits that live meetings offer, they do provide a path to reach objectives and goals that meeting planners strive to achieve. Just as entertainment and activities are desirable diversions for many live meeting agendas, we can incorporate those elements into virtual meetings as well.

To illustrate, a recent client requested custom music videos to break up their welcome event and introduce different program segments. They reviewed entertainment choices on our website and chose a Spanish Guitar and Harp duo. This unique act has taken two traditionally classical instruments and combined them together with a contemporary sound that redefines their very nature by blending the styles of Pop, Jazz, and Classic Rock together with a Mediterranean twist. Using a green screen background to replicate an Arizona landscape, custom videos of predefined length were created to provide a dynamic, contemporary, and entertaining experience for the audience. One of the videos is featured here.

 

 

From an MPI.org article by Nancy Hayes, June 10, 2020: “To combat waning attention spans and keep people engaged, it’s important to provide your virtual attendees with time to clear their minds, get energized and reset their focus. That’s where entertainment and wellness breaks between sessions can play a key role in enhancing the overall virtual experience. Fun, lively and interactive activities help people stay focused and pumped up for your next round of programming. They also help participants stay motivated to return to your virtual event rather than check out on their phones. In other words, you must give your participants a compelling reason to tune back in or risk losing them altogether.”

Entertainment and activities have always been a popular adjunct to meeting agendas. Avalon provides entertainment and activities for virtual meetings, allowing a planner to increase ROI with branding, promoting a message or theme, and to enhance the program overall. Please visit Virtual Meeting Entertainment for a variety of choices.

Dia De Los Muertos

We love doing theme events. Our client requested a “Day of the Dead” Mexican motif. We strung 750 feet of picado flags, placed small exhibits in the event area, and used table centerpieces to complete the motif. Mariachis provided just the right touch to complement the ambiance. In the video, notice the stunning difference in the look as the sun sets and our bistro lights bring dramatic highlights to the decor.



AVALON SOUTHWEST

When background music is requested for an event, a client will often request something that is unique and particular to the area. In Arizona, we offer “Southwest” music which blends Latin rhythms with jazz and New Age. The Avalon Southwest combo features guitar, flute, and electric violin doubling percussion. The sound is pleasant, upbeat, interesting, and yet, appropriately in the background. This video of the combo at a cocktail reception provides a sense of the performance.

Of course, all elements of an event are important to its success. One of our favorite resorts, the “Talking Stick” in Scottsdale, was the host hotel for this reception. The ambiance, great food, and an amazing banquet staff were “five star” and made for a perfect evening.

Marriott Buttes Event

The Valley of the Sun features many wonderful hotels and resorts. Avalon was privileged to have a great event at this Phoenix area resort. From the banquet staff to the General Manager, all were friendly, accommodating, and service driven. Thank you Marriott Buttes for a 5 star evening!