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Visiting the 9/ll Memorial

Posted by Mac Lacy in The Northeast on October 10, 2011

 
 

Falling water offers a calming presence at this magnificent memorial It’s hard to write about the 9/11 Memorial without feeling like an interloper. This is such a sacred place to so many families that it’s hard to feel like this belongs to all of us. But it does and it should. Before we left Kentucky,…

 
 

Protesters gathered at Zuccotti Park in New York for the Occupy Wall Street movement Wall Street dominates the news these days for lots of reasons.  The market right now is searching for anything tangible it can hold onto that might spark a rally.  Economies in Europe are as fragile as anyone can remember and threaten…

 
 

Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Gretchen Hall, far left in doorway, and other Little Rock representatives welcomed delegates to the River Market event   Delegates to the Small Market Meetings Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, were treated to a wonderfully–executed destination dichotomy the second day of the event.   Following an afternoon of…

 
 

Little Rock’s Big Dam Bridge is a huge draw for runners, walkers, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts   As delegates to our Small Market Meetings Conference enjoyed a fascinating tour of Little Rock’s sights that wrapped up with a reception at the historic Capital Hotel, I took a couple of hours off and went for a…

 
 

A high school band and drum corps welcomed delegates to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library for the opening event of the 2011 Small Market Meetings Conference   A beautiful evening gave way to a spectacular event as the 2011 Small Market Meetings Conference got underway in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 26.  Roughly 225…

 
 

On Friday, November 5, we took our annual editorial planning retreat back to Midway, Kentucky, a delightful little town that sits between Frankfort and Lexington in horse country.  Our retreats are always in late fall and have been held in places like Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill and the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, Labrot and…

 
 
 

When we pulled into the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama on a Sunday afternoon, there were three wedding parties set up on the grounds. As it turns out, this is the place to get married on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Leon Maisel, president of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, told me the next…

 
 

From our homebase at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, we made a daytrip today down the coast and inland a bit to Foley, Alabama. Someone had told us to check out Stacey’s Rexall Drugs, and to maybe do a lunch stop there. It sounded like our kind of place. There is a huge Tanger…

 
 

I was invited to join a good friend, Ron McConnell, and others from the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau for dinner and a round of golf during their annual Slice and Hook program for meeting planners during a getaway to the Alabama Gulf Coast. We joined their group of 20 or so meeting planners…

 
 
 

On Friday, October 8, my wife, Kim, and I took the afternoon to enjoy the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.  Throughout the course of the week, the games had been drawing increasingly large crowds as equestrians from dozens of countries around the world joined fans from those countries and America at the…