On Saturday July 3, 2010, Sarah Parkerson and Stephen Day celebrated their marriage with a beautiful garden inspired reception at Cobblestone Hall.
A delicious menu was provided by Catering Works and beautiful floral arrangements from Petal Pushers helped to make the room look phenomenal. Growing up in Scotland, the bride wanted traditional Scottish music performed by a live band. The guests had a blast learning the steps and dancing the night away! Guests also had a lot of fun taking pictures in the photo booth that was complete with funky sunglasses, feather boas, picture frames, and many other creative props. It was very popular and everyone really enjoyed taking pictures all night!
At the end of the evening, guests lined the cobblestone streets with giant sparklers and began to sing The Temptations’ “My Girl” and saw the bride and groom off. Showtime Events would like to offer a huge congratulations to the bride and groom and wish them many years of happiness!
On Sunday, June 27, 2010 Cobblestone Hall was honored to be a big part of the marriage of Jessica Zabarsky and Mike El Mann. This special event was the first time Cobblestone Hall was the location for both the ceremony and reception. A focal part of the ceremony was the stunning Chuppah created by Fresh Affairs that the couple was married under. The following reception also featured centerpieces and candle arrangements from Fresh Affairs that added wonderful colors to the entire facility.
The food was provided by Mitchell’s Catering and guests dined on a menu of wild mushroom crostinis, watermelon and red onion salad, and herbed roulade of wild salmon with summer vegetable couscous, roasted red pepper-orange vinaigrette, and bundle of summer beans. This was accompanied by baked challah rolls and a beautiful multi tiered red velvet wedding cake. LED lighting around the perimeter of the room and 12 foot high custom Austrian swag draping connected the entire room together for both the ceremony and reception.
After dinner the guests got out of their seats with Ken from Bunn DJ Company getting the party started and keeping everyone dancing until late in the evening. It really was a fantastic afternoon and evening that will not soon be forgotten. We would like to congratulate Jessica and Mike again for letting us be a part of their special day and wish then nothing but happiness in the future.
On June 8, 2010 Progress Energy hosted a spectacular dinner at Cobblestone Hall. Employees from Progress Energy and affiliates all around the world gathered to network and enjoy an authentic North Carolina feast featuring pulled pig, brisket, homemade green bean casserole, baked beans, sweet tea, and much more. The fabulous food was provided by Empire Eats and The Pit.
As an added bonus for their guests, The Pit’s pitmaster Ed Mitchell, who has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, and many other national publications, was present during the event and spoke with all of the guests. He also got the evening started by welcoming them and telling them to “dive right in and eat!”
A live band helped to set the mood for the night and gave the event a relaxing, fun, and enjoyable atmosphere. Overall the evening was a success and we were honored to work with Progress Energy and make their event such a success.
Wedding season officially got started at Cobblestone Hall on Saturday, May 15, 2010. Holly and Emmett celebrated their big day with a beautiful reception at Cobblestone Hall along with 200 of their friends and family.The guests danced and toasted Holly and Emmett until late in the evening and everyone had an amazing time.
One of the challenges during the reception was the fact that Artsplosure, a massive annual arts festival that attracts over 50,000 people, had all of the streets in the entire surrounding area closed during the same weekend. Working with the Artsplosure organizers a back road into City Market was left open so we could get the wedding party and guests to the venue on time. On the day of the reception everything went smoothly and the event went off without any delays or issues.
All of us at Cobblestone Hall and Showtime Events want to congratulate Holly and Emmett (and their entire families) again. It was an honor to be part of the wonderful event and special day.
Showtime Events and Cobblestone Hall were the host for the ISES meeting on April 27, 2010. The local ISES chapter (Greater Triangle NC Chapter) went overboard with the design and decor of the new event space with beautiful linens, florals, candles, lighting, and exceptional buffet stations for the meeting.
Nationally known wedding planner Sasha Souza from Sasha Souza Events was the featured speaker at the meeting and over 100 people were in attendance. Her presentation featured images and information from events she has produced. It also highlighted many helpful ideas for all who attended to incorporate into their future events. The meeting was an enormous success and the feedback was incredible.
For many who came to the meeting this was their first chance to see the new Cobblestone Hall venue and everything the space has to offer. The entire space looked amazing and a special thanks goes out to all of the sponsors (please see list below). Premier Catering provided a fantastic menu for the night that included hand passes items and multiple food stations.
Thank you to the following sponsors of April’s Greater Triangle NC ISES Chapter Meeting who assisted with making the meeting at Cobblestone Hall a huge success.
Raleigh, N.C.’s CapitalCity Club celebrated its 30th Anniversary October 30, 2009 with a 70’s themed birthday party! Guests were dressed in their poly-synthetic best and enjoyed heavy hor d’ourves, beer, wine and much more!
Showtime Events helped turn the ballroom into a disco with creative and fitting light effects, including a 21 foot Acrylic LED Bar, 4 Acrylic LED high boy cocktail tables, and additional perimeter up-lighting.
Platform shoes and double-knit pantsuits abounded as guests “shook their tail feathers” to disco music artistically compiled by a Touch of Class DJ. Fun was had by all as people danced and celebrated late into the night. We were honored to work with the team at the Capital City Club again and look forward to another great 30 years to come!
Raleigh, N.C.’s biggest party this October 31, 2009 was the “Wicked” themed bat mitzvah at the Renaissance Marriott at North Hills. Performers from N.C. Theater’s hit musical “Wicked” entertained guests in an elaborately festive green, purple and blue setting.
Showtime Events handled all the lighting, creating a truly incredible atmosphere befitting All Hallows Eve. This included dance floor lighting, spotlighting and LED up-lighting throughout the room, as well as additional room wash lighting. LED lights on each table illuminated the elaborate (and amazing!) centerpieces created by English Garden Florals. In addition all 200+ people in attendance wore custom designed “Wicked” acrylic party pass necklaces that were each illuminated with a personal LED. This was the first bar or bat mitzvah in the area to have these at the event!
Showtime Events also provided a 21 foot, curving acrylic LED bar for the massive main bar in the room and a fun, multi-tiered acrylic LED candy bar station. Both were big hits with guests as the lighting in the room widely varied in predetermined patterns and color morphs during the night! Above the bar and candy table Showtime Events projected 2 full color gobos that matched the “Wicked” party theme of the event.
This bat mitzvah was one of the grandest events the Triangle has ever seen, and one that will not soon be forgotten. We were honored to be part of the planning and execution of this incredible production.
Showtime Events was thrilled to help produce a special 60th birthday party on October 17th at the Marriott Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina. Over a month of planning went into the special event that featured a national band, multiple vendors, and many regional VIP guests.
The main ballroom was stunning with a variety of IceMagic tables, white spandex chair covers, additional LED up-lighting, three foot floral centerpieces, a long central seating area featuring plush white leather couches and ottomans, and much more!A light show that includes multiple fixtures, locations, and design created the ultimate lounge feel that the client desired. The room felt “comfortable” and not “cavernous” for the over 250 guests in attendance. Attendees of all ages either lounged in one of the multiple lounge seating areas or sat at the more traditional dining tables. The layout drew people to the middle of the room, the dance floor, and the stage with the band. The colors throughout the room morphed and changed multiple times during the night creating an unmatched atmosphere!
The nationally known band The Embers entertained the crowd all night long with a DJ spinning dance music during the breaks. There was always a festive and upbeat feeling to the night. Guests celebrated and enjoyed a varied display of food including heavy hors d’oeuvres, specialty hot dogs (a favorite of the hosts), sliders, pasta, sushi, and prime rib.
IceMagic acrylic LED cocktail tables surrounded the dance floor, providing the perfect location for fatigued dancers to catch their breath without wandering too far from the excitement.Several admirers pulled the guest of honor onto the dance floor and everyone danced the night away!
With multiple scheduled light changes the entire night the guests were dazzled by the entire production. A great time was had by all. A special thank you for letting Showtime Events be part of such a truly spectacular event.
Marcellina Burch is an intern at our North Carolina office. She comes to us from North Carolina State University where this fall she will complete her Communications degree.Marcellina’s interest in event management began in her teens when she was part of planning both of her sister’s weddings. Around the same time she also organized several youth conferences for the Unitarian Church of Charlotte.
Unaware of the career opportunities available planning events Marcellina entered NCSU and pursued a public relations major.Her sophomore year she took a DJ role with WKNC-FM The Revolution also located in Raleigh, NC. As her role grew she shifted to a Promotions Management position.Many new connections were made with local media and music venues that continue to this day and Marcellina was again involved in the special events industry.
As an avid lover of music, it was an initial dream for her to manage bands.After working as a booking assistant for Big Entertainment, and interning with Clear Channel Communications and Deep South Artist Management, Marcellina realized her real interest was in the detailed planning, budgeting, and creativity utilized in event planning.She went on to work for Blatant Mischief Promotions booking national musical talent paired with popular local acts to create profitable, phenomenal shows.A highlight while there was the Raleigh Undercover weekend to benefit the Bee Hive Collective that generated over $7,000 in donations.
An internship with a top event management firm being the logical next step, Marcellina began interning for Showtime Events in August of 2009.As an all-inclusive event management company, Showtime offered her a chance to experience everything from planning and budgeting, creating original and unique theme décor, and working in multiple different event venues.
“Working so closely with James Auerbach has really shown me the multiple facets involved in this business,” said Marcellina, “It is a challenge to stay on top of the ever changing details that each event has and I am learning the best ways to accomplish this through this experience with Showtime Events”.
Marcellina has also been able to be involved in and seen first hand the benefit of ongoing and constant industry networking. She has helped oversee and expand the company’s online social networking efforts and a variety of related promotional efforts.
Marcellina’s interests include anything outdoors (hiking, camping, canoeing), dancing, reading, fireworks, costumes and traveling. She is passionate about personal development and enjoys constantly learning.
Her future career pursuits include working for a destination weddings company, a large conference center, a museum, or an individual venue.Her future goals include taking her mother to Italy and starting a nonprofit company dedicated to increasing the self-esteem and financial literacy of teenagers.Future plans include a trip across the country as a graduation present to herself.