When I accepted to take care of the Chorfest 2011’s hospitality portion, I knew that it would be an event unlike any other the choir hosted.
Not only does it last four days, it also spreads over three venues; two in Harrison Hot Springs and one in Chilliwack. Furthermore, all choir members are expected to participate in the workshops as well as in the concert.
I knew that my biggest challenge would be to find a team that is knowledgeable and able to handle the various hospitality jobs on their own. I was very fortunate and here is that team: Elizabeth and Frank Mueller, Geoff and Gail Thompson, Karen and John Buckley, Cheryl Redfern and Maureen Jones.
They are supported by Carol Hepnar, Donna Cooney and Elisabeth Scotson during the Welcome Reception and by Lea Jenkins, Renate Schwanke, Trudy Hackel, Betty Allen, Shirley Vaillant and Claire Turenne who all helped with the Welcome Bags. The team had several workshops and orientation meetings. They also produced a hospitality manual that not only will be needed during the Chorfest, but also will provide guidelines for any future events.
The choir can be proud of this new team and wish them well for their first task, the Chorfest 2011. I know they will do a good job.
You might wonder what actually happens at the three venues and I am happy to let you know: The two days of workshops will take place at the HHS Resort Hotel’s St. Alice Hall, and the final Gala Concert at the First Avenue Christian Assembly Hall in Chilliwack. Most of the hospitality events, such as the Welcome Party, the lunches and a farewell breakfast will take place at our newly renovated Memorial Hall. How lucky could we get!
One item our hospitality team does not need to worry about is preparing and serving food. This part of hospitality has been taken on by Lori’s Catering and I am sure they will do a good job, as usual. They always go the extra mile to make sure there is good food and plenty of it! With all of this in place, I think I can spend next week going over the songs again!
P.S. Have you got your ticket yet?