by Allen J. Sheinman and Agatha Gilmore | April 01, 2014

From One High-Wire Act to Another
Yes, Caroline Lauzon (left) enjoys performing in the incredible KÀ by Cirque du Soleil, live at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the star acrobat seeks even more extreme thrills - so she's studying event planning in Vegas' International School of Hospitality. "We performed at the Oscars in 2012," the 30-year-old Montreal native notes, "and I thought, I'd love to plan something like this." Hey Caroline, welcome to Cirque du Service Charges!

Fun for Foodies  
A food and wine festival, like last year's event in Atlanta (pictured above), is a great way to help attendees experience a destination's local culture. Here are several major events coming up this year:

• April 25-27: Austin (
• May 29-June 1: Atlanta (
• May 31-June 1: Los Angeles (
• Aug. 29-Sept. 7: Hawaii (
• September (dates TBA): Nashville (
• Sept. 26-28: Chicago (
• Oct. 16-19: New York City (

Question: What is your favorite amusement park?

"The good old Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, still the best of the best."  - Sue Fern, Fern Management Services

"Universal Studios - imaginative rides and a great yearlong pass." - MaryAnne P. Bobrow, CAE, CMP, CMM, CHE, Bobrow Associates Inc.

"Six Flags Magic Mountain, where the big boys go to ride big-boy rides - like my favorite, X2!" - Dan Parks, Corporate Planners Unlimited Inc.


 A Bank, a Morgue and a Prison

The following three venues have been repurposed but retain the unique characteristics of their original incarnations.

In Brooklyn, N.Y., the ornate original Williamsburg Savings Bank of 1875 has been turned into Weylin B. Seymour's (, an event venue with space for 500 seated or receptions of up to 1,000. Pictured is one of the former bank's two magnificently restored rotundas.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa ( in Eureka Springs, Ark., has the usual features planners want, like 80 cozy guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a morgue, a - wait, what? Yes, what dates from the hotel's earlier brief tenure as a hospital is now a stop on the property's Ghost Tour. Don't miss the autopsy table.

Groups will cozy up to the bar, er, bars at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (, left), in Philadelphia, a working prison from 1829-1971 and now a landmark offering a special museum program from April 12-22, receptions and even an alumni reunion (!) on May 10.


 Cube Your Enthusiasm 

Livecube ( is a new mobile app for events that uses the principles of gaming and competition to drive its use. Attendees earn points by posting, sharing and networking through the app while earning points for prizes.