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Event Folks Go to Church (for a Party)

August 24, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

Industry Summer Bash for the special event industry Cafe St. Barts at St. Bartholomew's Church Wednesday, 08.15.01, 6 PM to 9 PM
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No one appreciates perfect weather at an outdoor event more than meeting and special event planners, so this crowd had reason to be happy: Mother Nature fully cooperated for the Industry Summer Bash put on by special event industry groups Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), International Special Events Society (ISES), Meeting Professionals International - Greater New York chapter (MPIGNY) and NYC & Company. Held at Cafe St. Bart's at St. Bartholomew's Church the outdoor patio of the venue was packed with event and hospitality pros happily eating, chatting and schmoozing away.

Organized by HSMAI special event chair Colleen McCollum, the simple cocktail party began with the expeditious check-in and on-site registration process where guests picked up their TempBadge name badges, then proceeded to feed on a summery spread of fresh vegetables, pasta salad, cheeses, breads, herb rice, roasted veggie skewers and deli meats, catered by Sage Events. Sage also brought in Ichiban Japanese Cuisine to provide a sushi bar, which proved to be one of the more popular food options at the event.

Entertainment included the vibrant-colored Hourglass Divas from Pink Inc., who gyrated and spun around in their fabric sculpture costumes. The Juilliard Jazz Quartet played a variety of jazz standards for the crowd, who mostly mingled outside on the patio.

Located on the corner of Park Avenue and 50th Street, Cafe St. Bart's Great Terrace, overlooks Park Avenue and is available for special events. For this event, the terrace was decorated with yellow and white striped and red patio umbrellas. Adjacent to the terrace is the Great Hall, which offers 35-foot ceilings and a full stage. Sage decorated the hall with simple white tablecloths and votives, but guests were enjoying the weather on the patio so much that the Great Hall went largely unused early in the event.

--Suzanne Ito

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