Creating cool lighting design for events

April 1, 2008

By Jill C. Lafferty Well-designed lighting can set the mood for a tented event—from whimsical to romantic to dramatic. “People are realizing what an impact or component lighting can bring to an event to establish the overall ambience,” says Doc Waldrop of Infinite Designs LLC, Atlanta, Ga. “Say you have a seated dinner for 200 …

Army deploys new tents

Tent innovations help protect U.S. soldiers in the field. With U.S. soldiers in harm’s way, efforts are ongoing to make their tented living quarters as safe as possible. One program is designing tent panels that can withstand mortar blasts; a second is insulating tents with a spray-on foam, thereby reducing fuel needs, which in turn …

Smoking tents snuffed out

Smoking tents purchased in response to a smoking ban in the Canadian province of Alberta have been declared illegal by bylaw officials, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The ban went into effect Jan. 1,but owners of casino and bingo parlors believed that the tents would be in compliance with the new law. Players …

Entering the tent rental and event industry

What advice would you give to a family member interested in joining the tent rental and event industry? Lara McCulloch of Regal Tent Productions Ltd., Stoney Creek, Ontario, is an expert on this topic, having joined the family business after a 12-year career in branding and marketing. She says: “It was a tough decision to …

Anchor promotes and hires employees

Anchor Industries Inc., Evansville, Ind., has promoted Mark Winchester to vice president/national sales manager. Joey Ruffin has been promoted to vice president of engineering. Mike Post was hired as regional sales manager in the Special Events division. Tim Lillpop was hired as general manager of sales in the Custom Products division. Visit

Aztec hires new employees

Aztec Tents of Torrance, Calif., has hired Eric Christensen and Cory Scott to oversee the company’s sales and distribution services throughout the Northeast and Southeast United States, respectively. Matt Pare has been hired as regional account manager for the mid-Atlantic territory. Visit

Classic Party Rentals hires new employees

Classic Party Rentals, Los Angeles, has hired Cathy Montez as senior event consultant. Kathy A. Newby has been hired as senior event consultant and James T. Newby III as tenting manager at Classic’s Napa, Calif., location. Visit

New acquisitions for Aztec and Shaffer

Aztec Tents and Events and Shaffer Sports Events, Houston, Texas, have acquired the assets of Colonnade Events and Events ala Carte of Houston. Visit and

Classic Party Rentals acquires two rental companies

Classic Party Rentals of Los Angeles has acquired TriServe Party Rentals of New York and Chicago Party Rental of McCook, Ill. Business at both companies will continue at existing locations but will be rebranded as Classic Party Rentals. Visit

Abbey Tent and Party Rentals purchases tent company

Classic Tent Rentals, New Britain, Conn., has been purchased by Abbey Tent and Party Rentals, Fairfield, Conn. Visit