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Tent OX appoints Scott Pickel director of sales

February 14, 2019

Tent OX™, Enola, Pa., has appointed tent rental industry veteran Scott Pickel as the company’s director of sales. Pickel has 27 years of commercial tent rental experience and has been a board member of the Manufacturers and Tent Renters Association (MATRA) for seven years. Pickel made his first appearance for Tent OX at IFAI Tent …

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Economy Tent International announces new COO

February 13, 2019

Frame tent manufacturer Economy Tent International (ETI), Miami, Fla., has named David Leitner as chief operating officer. Leitner joined ETI in 2002 and has served as production assistant, production manager and operations manager. Prior to ETI, Leitner spent six years in the Marine Corp 2nd Marine Division–artillery at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He then went to …

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Herculite launches new website

February 8, 2019

Herculite® Inc., designer and manufacturer of flexible composite textiles for performance applications based in Emigsville, Pa., has launched a new website that showcases the company’s breadth of capabilities in materials for solar protection, marine, healthcare, digital graphics media, military and tents and structures. The new website is located at www.herculite.com. “Our new website provides a …

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Tent Expo 2019 delivers education and networking opportunities

February 6, 2019

More than 500 tent professionals gathered in Orlando, Fla., in January at Tent Expo 2019 for valuable education and networking opportunities under dozens of structures featuring the latest tent technology. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with more than 65 exhibitors, including innovative tent manufacturers, equipment suppliers offering hands-on education, as well as vendors for …

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New IFAI member benefits

January 21, 2019

IFAI has created new member benefits over the past year. For more information about each benefit, visit https://www.ifai.com/membership/member-benefits/.   Marine Fabricators Business Insurance The Marine Fabricators Business Insurance program is tailored to MFA division members and their unique risks and exposures. The best in practice program offers these insurance lines with competitive pricing: * Property—property contents …

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Losberger De Boer becomes a centenary company

January 21, 2019

One hundred years ago, Friedrich Losberger and Klaas de Boer laid the foundation for the company that would become a worldwide supplier of temporary and semi-permanent space solutions: Losberger De Boer. In 2019, the company celebrates its hundredth birthday. Both entrepeneurs could never suspect that the tents they built by hand in Heilbronn (Germany) and …

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Photo-sharing sites drive trends in event lighting design—and complications

January 21, 2019

There’s no debate that that social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram have changed the way lighting is done for tented events. Meetings with potential clients often start with the client pointing to a photo on the website and saying, “There—that’s what I want.” Yes, Pinterest and Instagram offer a wealth of creative ideas …

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CORT Events shares top event decor design trends for 2019

January 16, 2019

Event and design trends for 2019 include personalization, textured accents, mixed metals and wireless technology, according to the experts at CORT Events, the Chantilly, Va.-based provider of event rental furniture, lighting and accessories. Color and pattern trends include blue hues in seating, complemented by warm brown tones and vibrant metallics, as well as nature inspired …

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New York Tent enters Connecticut market and expands sales team

January 7, 2019

New York Tent, Bohemia, N.Y., is expanding into the Connecticut market with a new office in Norwalk, Conn. The office serves Connecticut and northern New Jersey as well as Westchester County and the Hudson Valley of New York. “The New York Tent family is proud to have a new presence in this new market as …

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CE Rental acquires EventHaus of Charleston, S.C.

January 2, 2019

CE Rental Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., announced in late December the recapitalization of EventHaus in Charleston, S.C. Serving the Charleston, Savannah and Hilton Head areas, EventHaus boasts a team with more than 60 years of collective event industry experience. EventHaus is known for introducing innovative new rental products and offering an extensive inventory of …

Expo News

2018 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition Winners Announced

October 18, 2018

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition awards. The winners were announced at IFAI Expo 2018, held Oct. 15-18 in Dallas, Texas. First Place Rafael Dias Simoes, Kevin Barthelmebs and Fabien Burgeat from ENSAVT University won …

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IFAI Expo 2018: Show Stopper winners on the floor

October 17, 2018

All the best from Texas: Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The seventh annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services …

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2018 International Achievement Award Winners Announced

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention …

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Sharpen your competitive edge

October 17, 2018

Asking yourself one simple question can help make your business a magnet for new customers, says marketing professional Madeleine MacRae, owner of MM MacRae Coaching & Consulting. “That question is ‘Who is your ideal client?’” In her Oct. 16 Expo session on distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, MacRae says answering this question is the key …

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Digital presence is key to acquiring new customers in 2019

October 16, 2018

It’s no surprise the digital world means a company’s ability to attract and keep customers requires a dramatic shift in strategy, tools and resources. Ed Keough, vice president of sales for FutureGuard Building Products Inc. in Auburn, Maine, told business owners they need to embrace digital advertising or be “left in the dust” during his …

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IFAI Expo keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich: “acknowledge, honor and connect” with employees and customers

October 16, 2018

Keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich has straightforward advice for growing a business: Make a true connection with employees and customers and positive results will follow. Scharenbroich shared his humor and motivational wisdom with a packed room at IFAI’s 2018 Expo annual meeting October 16. Rain, wind and cold outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

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Textile testing for comfort

October 16, 2018

IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15 in Dallas offered a range of presentations—many of them focused on topics of particular interest in the advanced textiles area. Textile testing is one topic that will be addressed in more than one session. At the beginning of his talk yesterday on testing and evaluating fabrics’ human comfort, performance and …

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Useful social media for companies of all sizes

October 15, 2018

Should you bother with social media? Most definitely yes, says Luke Gusman, marketing manager for Sta-Lok Inc., a longtime manufacturer of marine and architectural rigging hardware. Gusman says that no matter how large or small your company, there are five social media platforms that can increase engagement with your product or service and raise your …

Expo News

Successful multigenerational workplaces

October 15, 2018

This is the first time in history that five distinct generations are working in a single workplace, says J. Karl Sherrill Jr., a certified risk manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, in his 2018 Expo session “Leading Successful Teams in a Multigenerational Workplace.” “It’s a trend affecting every business,” says Sherrill. “You have people …

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Sewing tips and tricks

October 15, 2018

One of the trickiest things facing the sewing industry is finding qualified workers. Many new employees may be unfamiliar with the basics of sewing machine operation, says Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn. In her IFAI Expo session “Sewing Tips and Tricks,” Roberts points out that many young people didn’t grow …

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Photo-sharing sites drive trends in event lighting design—and complications

January 21, 2019

There’s no debate that that social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram have changed the way lighting is done for tented events. Meetings with potential clients often start with the client pointing to a photo on the website and saying, “There—that’s what I want.” Yes, Pinterest and Instagram offer a wealth of creative ideas …

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Tent installations that make you say WOW!

December 1, 2018

Masters at the craft of tenting devise creative solutions for challenging installations. Imagine a theatrical performance where the contribution of every member of the cast and crew is flawless; every costume, set piece and prop functions perfectly; and the sound and lighting come off without a single hitch. As an audience member, you can appreciate …

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Event lighting options grow to meet client demands

December 1, 2018

While LED technology changes the industry, social media drives trends in lighting for tented events. Back in the dark ages—before the internet and the rise of social media—decorative lighting was rarely a major consideration for tented events. “When I got married, there was no lighting,” says Sandy Mulrey, director of sales and marketing at DesignLight, …

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Find the products you need in the InTents 2019 Premier Product Showcase

December 1, 2018

Editor’s note: The companies in this section submitted product information by the specified deadline. This section is organized by three product categories: tents, structures and fabric; decor and accessories; and tools and equipment. InTents features a regular New Products section in each issue. To have your new products included, please direct your product information to …

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Solutions to warm tents up and cool them down

November 29, 2018

Whether the mercury is falling or rising, climate control suppliers are offering more options than ever to keep tented events comfortable.   Some tented events need heat, and some need cooling solutions. Then there are those that need both. “We have … found that many of our clients require heating and cooling at the same …

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Take a seat at the table: Make every tented event space unique with event furniture options

October 1, 2018

Tables and seating for tented events. For years, the options for these vital event components were limited in sizes and styles. These days, there’s an array of options available to suit the needs and visions of a variety of events (and their visionary coordinators). Setting the stage Jacqueline Klene, event designer at Exclusive Events Inc. …

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Making it easy: Keder advances tent technology

October 1, 2018

From speedy installs and airtight seals to creative, new applications, the benefits of keder remain key to industry progress. Hidden within aluminum extrusions, shaping both simple tents and extravagant clearspans, lies the years-old invention that continues to help advance the success and technology of the tent industry today: keder, a bead or core that attaches …

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Taking the lead: Women professionals thrive in the male-dominated tent industry

October 1, 2018

Women have always contributed to the tent rental industry, even as it’s traditionally been a man’s world. As their influence continues to grow, career opportunities are expanding. When Sarah Crews, director of sales and marketing for Miami, Fla.-based Economy Tent International (ETI), started going to outdoor trade shows 13 years ago, she didn’t see many …

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Buyer expectations for clearspan tents

August 28, 2018

Tent rental companies investing in clearspans should expect documentation, customer service, training and more. Clearspan structures are a major investment for tent rental companies. Before taking the plunge, buyers need to understand what a manufacturer offers in regard to engineering documentation and other certification, product availability, training and ongoing support. “Clients can expect the validation …

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Engineered clearspan systems expand the pie in all markets

August 1, 2018

For Thomas Pollard, the introduction of clearspan structures in Canada has meant the difference between being able to install tents year-round versus closing up shop in the winter. “What has changed up here [in western Canada] over the past 10 years is that there was no clearspan market 10 years ago,” says Pollard, vice president, …

Industry News

Tent OX appoints Scott Pickel director of sales

February 14, 2019

Tent OX™, Enola, Pa., has appointed tent rental industry veteran Scott Pickel as the company’s director of sales. Pickel has 27 years of commercial tent rental experience and has been a board member of the Manufacturers and Tent Renters Association (MATRA) for seven years. Pickel made his first appearance for Tent OX at IFAI Tent …

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Economy Tent International announces new COO

February 13, 2019

Frame tent manufacturer Economy Tent International (ETI), Miami, Fla., has named David Leitner as chief operating officer. Leitner joined ETI in 2002 and has served as production assistant, production manager and operations manager. Prior to ETI, Leitner spent six years in the Marine Corp 2nd Marine Division–artillery at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He then went to …

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Herculite launches new website

February 8, 2019

Herculite® Inc., designer and manufacturer of flexible composite textiles for performance applications based in Emigsville, Pa., has launched a new website that showcases the company’s breadth of capabilities in materials for solar protection, marine, healthcare, digital graphics media, military and tents and structures. The new website is located at www.herculite.com. “Our new website provides a …

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Tent Expo 2019 delivers education and networking opportunities

February 6, 2019

More than 500 tent professionals gathered in Orlando, Fla., in January at Tent Expo 2019 for valuable education and networking opportunities under dozens of structures featuring the latest tent technology. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with more than 65 exhibitors, including innovative tent manufacturers, equipment suppliers offering hands-on education, as well as vendors for …

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New IFAI member benefits

January 21, 2019

IFAI has created new member benefits over the past year. For more information about each benefit, visit https://www.ifai.com/membership/member-benefits/.   Marine Fabricators Business Insurance The Marine Fabricators Business Insurance program is tailored to MFA division members and their unique risks and exposures. The best in practice program offers these insurance lines with competitive pricing: * Property—property contents …

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Losberger De Boer becomes a centenary company

January 21, 2019

One hundred years ago, Friedrich Losberger and Klaas de Boer laid the foundation for the company that would become a worldwide supplier of temporary and semi-permanent space solutions: Losberger De Boer. In 2019, the company celebrates its hundredth birthday. Both entrepeneurs could never suspect that the tents they built by hand in Heilbronn (Germany) and …

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CORT Events shares top event decor design trends for 2019

January 16, 2019

Event and design trends for 2019 include personalization, textured accents, mixed metals and wireless technology, according to the experts at CORT Events, the Chantilly, Va.-based provider of event rental furniture, lighting and accessories. Color and pattern trends include blue hues in seating, complemented by warm brown tones and vibrant metallics, as well as nature inspired …

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New York Tent enters Connecticut market and expands sales team

January 7, 2019

New York Tent, Bohemia, N.Y., is expanding into the Connecticut market with a new office in Norwalk, Conn. The office serves Connecticut and northern New Jersey as well as Westchester County and the Hudson Valley of New York. “The New York Tent family is proud to have a new presence in this new market as …

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CE Rental acquires EventHaus of Charleston, S.C.

January 2, 2019

CE Rental Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., announced in late December the recapitalization of EventHaus in Charleston, S.C. Serving the Charleston, Savannah and Hilton Head areas, EventHaus boasts a team with more than 60 years of collective event industry experience. EventHaus is known for introducing innovative new rental products and offering an extensive inventory of …

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TRD Steering Committee director Tom Markel dies

December 14, 2018

IFAI Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient Thomas “Tom” Markel passed away Dec. 12. Owner of Bravo Events Expos Displays of Buffalo, N.Y., Markel was honored with the volunteer award in 2014 for his contributions to the Tent Rental Division (TRD) code committee. As a TRD steering committee director and chair of the TRD code committee, Markel …

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Codes set for adoption

December 1, 2016

Code revision process reaches final voting stage. A proposal to regulate outdoor events regardless of the presence of tents or special event structures was approved at the Public Comment Hearing of the International Code Committee (ICC) in October. This proposal (F310-16), submitted by the Fire Code Action Committee, had been disapproved at the code committee’s …

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Site survey equals site safety

December 1, 2016

A thorough site survey communicates event needs and flags potential safety issues. Ensuring the safety of tented event participants and the tent installation crew starts at the beginning of the job. Before a single rental item is loaded onto the truck, a site survey should be completed by a qualified professional with set-up experience. A …

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TopTec training goes on the road

December 1, 2016

TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., is taking its long running tent installation and safety training program on the road in 2017. The first Tent School On The Road session will be held at Rent-E-Quip in Colonial Heights, Va., March 7–8. “Our goal was to make Tent School more accessible to our customers across the United …

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Tent inspections before events ensure safety

October 1, 2016

Inspections will help avoid disaster and add years to the life of a tent. The tent is up and the event is underway. But there may still be work to be done. Especially for installations that will be up for any length of time, inspection and maintenance are top priorities for keeping the tent as …

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IFAI’s Tent Rental Division works toward standard

October 1, 2016

IFAI’s Tent Rental Division looks to write an industry standard for tent anchorage. With final voting on tent-related code revisions for the 2018 Model Code set for late October, IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) is looking ahead to writing an industry standard that could be taken up in the 2021 code cycle. “As the 2018 …

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Moving on up with multiple locations

August 1, 2016

Expanding to multiple locations offers numerous benefits, if the timing is right and both will and cash flow are strong. Delores Crum didn’t see that she had a choice. Sure, her party, tent and wedding rental store in south Austin, Texas, opened in 2000, was doing well. But up in north Austin, another rental company …

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OSHA fines increase

August 1, 2016

New law directs U.S. Department of Labor to “catch up” penalties to inflation. Fines assessed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased by 78 percent as of Aug. 1. OSHA’s top penalty for serious violations rises from $7,000 to $12,471, and its top penalty for willful or repeated violations rises from $70,000 to …

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Collaboration yields successful code revisions

August 1, 2016

F-CAC work group is a key factor in the code revision process for tents, membrane structures and outdoor assembly events. The International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings were held in Louisville, Ky., in April. During the International Fire Code (IFC) hearings, stakeholders representing IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD), the ICC Fire Code Action Committee …

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Ballasting for safety and safety when ballasting

June 1, 2016

Learning to ballast with concrete? Follow these steps to ensure safe and efficient jobsite practices. My crew has forgotten how to use a sledgehammer. Well, not really, but it could happen. In my local tent rental market, ballasting is common. So common that the top priority for my management team has been to figure out …

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Code revisions underway

June 1, 2016

Triggers for site-specific engineering top the tent-related proposals taken up at the ICC’s Committee Action Hearing. With debate and voting at the April Committee Action Hearing (CAH), the International Code Council (ICC) took its first step in revising codes as part of the Group B I-Code Development Cycle for the 2018 Model Code. A proposal …

Event Production

Museum of the American Revolution inspires with a clear top tent

June 1, 2017

For the April grand opening gala of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pa., EventQuip of Lansdale, Pa., installed a 12-by-76-meter Losberger P7 profile with a clear top for the gala dinner tent, a 9-by-6-meter Losberger P7 with a white top for the entrance tent, a 9-by-55-foot clear-top Aztec marquee for building access, …

Project Briefs

Long distance sprint

December 1, 2016

O’Neil Tent Co. installs several structures in a short timeframe 250+ feet from the unloading zone. When Ohio State University needed tenting structures for its fundraising campaign, “But for Ohio State,” an event that raises funds for students to study abroad, it called on O’Neil Tent Co., Columbus, Ohio, to make it happen. O’Neil Tent …

Event Production

Decadent masterpiece

December 1, 2016

A clear tent becomes a speakeasy with “The Great Gatsby” in every detail. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby may have been left off the guest list, but every other detail of a “Great Gatsby”-themed birthday party under a tent recalled the glitter and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Inspired by the client’s home and …

Event Production

Anything’s possible

December 1, 2016

Over the Top Tents and Events makes events happen in the wild and magnificent Alaska terrain. The largest state in the union is home to breathtaking landscapes. The mountains, rivers and glaciers provide stunning backdrops for unforgettable events—but along with the wild, untamed beauty of Alaska comes unpredictable climates and challenging accessibility for companies like …

Event Production

Building a city

December 1, 2016

Classic Event and Tent Rentals prepared a scenic, suburban golf course for an invasion of hundreds of thousands of fans. When Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., was awarded the 2016 Ryder Cup, planners knew a temporary city would be needed to accommodate the anticipated 250,000 spectators who would descend on the picturesque course …

Event Production

Creating A Distinctive Atmosphere for Multiple Events Using One Tent

October 28, 2016

There is a reason why so many tented events seem to be cookie-cutter productions. There are people to please and placate, funds to be allocated, tent design and layout to be developed, and complex lighting and flooring elements to be installed. It is no wonder that so many people end up with the same event …

Event Production

Installing a structure on a scaffold

October 1, 2016

New York Tent installs a rooftop structure that couldn’t be attached to the roof. When Citnalta Construction Corp. approached Long Island-based New York Tent to cover a roof that it needed to rip off and replace, the construction firm had one big caveat: because of the work that had to be done, the tent couldn’t …

Event Production

Amazon Originals interactive experience at Comic-Con

October 1, 2016

Choura Events creates an Amazon Originals interactive experience for Comic-Con enthusiasts. Comic-Con junkies are the tastemakers of tomorrow,” actress Kristen Bell once said—and she’s not alone in her enthusiasm for the event that celebrates comic books and other aspects of popular arts, such as films and science fiction/fantasy literature. Comic-Con International takes place each year …

Projects

An organic palette under a sailcloth tent

October 1, 2016

Earthiness and formality blend perfectly under a sailcloth tent. With a bride specifically requesting a twin-pole sailcloth tent for her wedding, Durkin’s Inc. of Danbury, Conn., and Amy Cagginello of Amy Champagne Events LLC, Milford, Conn., and New York City, set out to seamlessly blend the tent and decor. Fulfilling the bride’s dream, Durkin’s installed …

Event Production

Disaster relief and weddings on the beach

October 1, 2016

From disaster relief to weddings on the beach, Beachview Event Rentals & Design brings the right stuff. Georgia’s Atlantic seaboard, with its tidal rivers, salt marshes and miles of beaches, attracts tourists and locals alike with a sense of the ancient and the hypnotic lull of the natural world. And for two brothers who grew …