Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Event Planning Tips



I love attending, organizing, or assisting with events. I would go as far to call myself an event junkie, I am so obsessed. In my position, I do my best to support organizations by attending their events and even lend a hand. But more importantly I host events with the GCCVB. Events are what really interested me in the hospitality field and lead to me earning my degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism and minor in Business. From my experience and education, I like to think that I have a few tricks up my sleeve. So, check out my event planning tips and comment below to share yours! If your planning a public event send the details to the GCCVB at info@visitgallia.com. We can help you promote it (for free) on our social media, calendar and app!

1. Lists!

Every event should start with a solid to-do list. Always share your lists with your co-hosts to ensure not to forget anything. I have lists for my volunteers, shopping, orders, event timeline, and more!



2. Details Matter but Don't Forget the Big Picture.

The devil is in the details. If you're not careful, you can get too carried away with the small things and the event as a whole can suffer. The key is to find a balance or a great team that can keep you on track!



3. Communicate!

Your team can only know what to do if you can clearly communicate your ideas to them. You need to keep that line of communication open so that they can share their ideas too. There may not be an "I" in team but there is one in "Communicate"! Make it your responsibility to communicate to your team.



4. Take a Break!

If your event is taking up a lot of your time and it is the first thing you think of when you wake-up and last thing when you fall asleep. STOP. Stepping away from a project for an 15-minutes, an hour, or a day can be a positive thing. I always find it helpful to leave a project and come back with a fresh mind, especially when I am feeling stuck.



5. Enjoy it!

Events are meant to be fun! Whether it is a wedding or fundraiser, don't lose sight of why you are doing it! Be sure to remind yourself to take hold of the experience, don't let the experience take hold of you!



6. Always Follow-Up!

It is professional and courteous to follow-up with guests, volunteers and sponsors with a handwritten thank you card!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

50 Fun Things To Do In Gallia County


1. Borrow a bike from the Bossard Memorial Library and go for a spin.

2. Take a class at the Artisan Shoppe and Studio

3. Spend the afternoon in the Gallipolis City Park, toss a Frisbee or view the memorials

4. Take the Downtown Gallipolis Walking Tour

5. If you're 21 and older, stop by the Merry Family Winery and Craft Brewery for a taste of Southeastern Ohio made wine.

6. Catch a movie or live performance and some tasty food at Colony Club.

7. View the exhibits at the French Art Colony or take a tour of the historic home.

8. Learn about the Welsh Heritage of Gallia County at the Madog Center for Welsh Studies.

9. Book a tour of the Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre or attend a performance

10. Discover your roots at the Gallia County Genealogical Society, OGS Chapter.

11. Step back in time at the Adamsville Village in Rio Grande.

12. Challenge yourself at the Cliffside Golf Course.

13. Visit Bob Evans Farm Homestead Museum

14. Tour the Our House Tavern Museum to learn about Gallia County life in 1819.

15. Roll and jump into some fun at the Gallipolis Roller Bounce

16. Get the best view in town at Mound Hill Cemetery that overlooks Gallipolis, the Ohio River and West Virginia

17. The John Gee Black Historical Center will educate you on the traditions, culture, crafts, music and art of African-Americans from Southeastern Ohio's past and present.

18. Catch the latest films at Silver Screen VII.

19. Do some fishing or just enjoy the breeze of the Ohio River at our public access dock.

20. Drive through the countryside with the Gallia County Quilt Barn Trail

21. Attend a sporting event at the University of Rio Grande

22. Visit the local shops of Downtown Gallipolis.

23. Have a chat with the Gallia County Historical Society

24. Take a trail ride at Rio Valley Stables

25. Attend a performance by the Riverby Theatre Guild

26. Create your own sweet treat at Sprinkle and Pop

27. Don't miss wing night at Courtside Bar and Grill

28. Test your knowledge at the French Art Colony's Monthly Trivia Nights

29. Peruse the Raised Around Rio Farmer and Artisan Market

30. Have fun at the playground and picnic area at the Rio Grande Reservoir

31. Play soccer, hit up the monkey bars or throw a birthday party in one of the shelter houses at Raccoon Creek Country Park.

32. Learn about the history of the Silver Bridge disaster at the silver bridge memorial plaque and get a unique view of the Ohio River

33. Visit the Ohio Tattoo Museum

34. Take on the Gallia Hike and Bike Trail

35.  Go antiquing

36. Play cards at Next Level Gaming

37. Have a blast at Haskins Park

39. Practice your skills at the Skate park

40. Take a dip in the City Pool

41. Visit Skyline Bowling Center of Gallipolis and knock down a few pins

42. Check out the Elizabeth Evans Waterfowl and Bird Sanctuary

43. See the monuments dedicated to the original French 500 settlers to Gallipolis at the Pine Street Cemetery.

44. In Autumn, take the self guided Fall Foliage Tour

45. Take the Heritage Tour of Gallia County to learn about the founders of Gallia.

46. From May to September take the GCCVB's Passport Challenge Tour

47. In the summer enjoy the work of Gallipolis in Bloom in downtown Gallipolis

48. Let Boardroom46 help you create a one-of-a-kind sign

49. Be sure to come back to the Gallipolis City Park in December and see the Gallipolis in Lights Christmas display.

50. Stop by the Gallia County CVB and learn about all the fun events and programs we offer residents and guests!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gallia County Events March 11th-18th




Events in Gallia County for March 11th - 18th
Compiled by Lori At VisitGallia

9th Annual Spring Open House Event at The Home Place Mercantile
March 11-12
10:00am-4:00pm

The Home Place Mercantile
842 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-446-4570

Seasonal Event featuring Spring & Easter Decor'. Also the areas best selection of Antiques & Vintage Collectibles. Special Event Markdowns, $100- Gift Certificate Drawling plus Refreshments OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK AGAIN!!!

Introduction to Watercolor Painting Class
March 11
2:00pm-4:00pm
Spots: 6
Ages: 12+
Basic $35 - Deluxe $45

The Artisan Shoppe & Studio
300 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-853-2364

Deadline to sign up for Deluxe option: March 6th
Basic $35 - includes use of my paint and brushes and take home the double sided printed page painted during the class. Deluxe $45 - take home a Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolor paint kit and the double sided printed page painted during class
No previous experience necessary. Small refreshments will be provided during the 3 hour class. Basic option available until class time first come first served.
Instruction will include:
-Brief overview of watercolor papers, brushes, pigments, and other equipment used.
-Demonstration of various watercolor techniques.
-Step by step, one-on-one walk through of each technique.
-Opportunity to be creative or to "follow the leader" as suits each individual.
-More advanced techniques presented depending on available time and student progress during the class.
-Each page used in class has the same image on each side, providing the opportunity to practice or use different color schemes.

LIVE Music at Colony Club – Deep Creatures
March 11
7:00pm – 10:00pm
$3 cover charge

Colony Club
418 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-208-5526

Kent Jolley and BJ Rocchi return to the Colony Club for the debut of Deep Creatures!

BoardRoom 46 Grand Opening
March 15
5:00pm-7:00pm

BoardRoom 46
46 Court Street
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-794-1046

Please join us for the GRAND OPENING of BoardRoom46! Bring a guest and feel free to invite your friends and family! As a thank you, we will be giving away Door Prizes!
You don't want to miss this, so come and see what all the buzz is about!

Wilton Royal Icing Cake Decorating
March 16, 23
5:00pm – 6:00pm
$40 (price for all 4 classes) $60 if you need to buy the kit

The Artisan Shoppe & Studio
300 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-853-

Learn how to create professional looking flowers and designs made from royal icing. We will cover making roses and rose buds, pansies, violets, basket weave, and Cornelli lace. Also, we will work with brush embroidery. Piping royal icing appliques and decorative borders are also included in class. Perfect for Spring and Easter decorating! Classes are scheduled 5pm-6pm for four (4) Thursdays (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd).

Christian Music Night at Gallipolis Roller Bounce
March 16, 23, 30
6:00pm-9:00pm

Gallipolis Roller Bounce LLC
211 Upper River Road (Behind Buffalo Wild Wings)
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-508-6668

Every Thursday night in March, come to the Gallipolis Roller Bounce for Christian music, hot food, and fun for the whole family! Youth group discounts available.

The Price is Right at Colony Club
March 17
5:30pm-10:00pm

Colony Club
418 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
740-208-5526

The Price is Right is a fundraiser for the Downtown Revitalization Project. There will be 10 rounds of Contestant's Row, 2 rounds of Spinning the Wheel and one Showcase Showdown with a prize you DON'T want to miss! Get ready to "Come on down" and play for some incredible prizes ON STAGE! You will be playing games like PLINKO, Hole in One, Check Out and more!
Come early for a bite to eat before the show starts. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. Did we mention you will be playing for amazing prizes? Take a second to read through the donor list below. Without these folks, we would have no Price is Right and no extra funds for the DRP.
Holzer - Colony Club - Farmer's Bank - Foster Sales - Boardroom 46 - Saunders Insurance Agency - French City Academy - Noe & Saunders Attorneys at Law - Jamie Sloan - Mel Quillen - Coca-Cola - and more! For tickets click the link below!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-price-is-right-for-drp-tickets-32359988597?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

Hot Dames, Hot Lead
March 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th
7:30pm

Riverby Theatre Guide
59 Court Street
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-446-3834

The French Art Colony’s Riverby Theatre Guild production of “Hot Dames, Hot Lead” will take the stage this month, with performances on March 17th & 18th and March 24th & 25th in the RTG Studio on Court Street.
Gangsters and gals and P.I’s abound in this creative radio drama!  Directed by Linda Sigismondi, this production is sure to provide lots of laughs. Bring back the charm of the golden days of radio with this good old-fashioned cops and robbers drama set in a radio studio and performed by actors gathered around microphones. Catfish King, private eye, is chasing down a crook and maybe chasing Lola, the secretary, too. Corrupt politicians and mafia gunslingers give him a run for his money as he tries to crack the case. Featuring live sound effects and musical commercials, this is sure to be a unique night of theatre.
Limited seating is available and advance reservations are suggested call 740-446-3834 to reserve. Tickets are $10 ($8 for FAC members, when purchased in advance at the FAC.)
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

St. Patty’s Party at Gallipolis Roller Bounce
March 17
7:30pm-12:00am

Gallipolis Roller Bounce
211 Upper River Road (behind Buffalo Wild Wings)
Gallipolis, Ohio 45631
740-508-6668

Come out to Gallipolis Roller Bounce for our St. Patty’s bash skate/dance and games until midnight. $10 entry until midnight or normal entrance fee until 10:30. Thanks please invite your friends

Gallia County Recycling Day
March 18
8:00am-12:00pm

Gallia County Jr. Fairgrounds
189 Jackson Pike
Gallipolis, OH 45631
Sponsored by Gallia SWCD 446-6173

This event is for Gallia County residents only, so please have your driver's license or utility bill ready to be presented at the entrance.
The Gallia Soil & Water Conservation District will be collecting the following items:
Fluorescent Light Tubes:  4’ - 8’ long, CFL’s (curly cubes), etc. (If you need boxes stop by Gallia SWCD and get a free box). Batteries: Lithium, Lithium Ion, Ni-Cad, Button Cell, Alkaline, Rechargeable batteries from drills, computers, & cell phones, (Gallia SWCD is a battery drop off site all year long M-F 8-4:30pm) Electronic items: TV’s, microwaves, computers, servers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, printers, faxes, copiers, scanners, battery backup systems, stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders, cell phones, video game systems, DVD players, CD media, Floppy Disks, phone equipment. NO Appliances with Freon or hazardous material. The e-waste will be processed by
Community Computer Alliance and will benefit individuals with Autism.
If a vehicle has over 10 TV’s &/or 10 Monitors they will be charged a rate of $20 per TV
& $10 per monitor. Please contact Gallia SWCD to make arrangements ahead of time. 
Paper Shredding: This is first come first serve basis.  If you have a business and need this
service please call Shred Devil they will come to your business 888-776-1450. This is being sponsored by Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, and Vinton-Solid Waste Management District.
Gallia SWCD & its partners are an equal opportunity employer & provider
Tire Collection will be held at the Gallia County Health Department, 499 Jackson Pike. 8:00am -12:00pm.  Call 441-2018 for more details.
The Gallia County Landfill will be holding their free trash disposal day on March 18th from 7:30am to noon at 497 Roush Hollow Road, Bidwell. If you have questions please call the landfill at 388-9740.
The Hay Wrap Plastic Collection location will be at L & L Scrap Metal, 128 Texas Road. Please make sure the hay wrap is properly cleaned, call Gallia SWCD for details.

St. Patrick’s Day Cultural Festival and Parade
March 18
12:00pm-7:00pm

The Artisan Shoppe & Studio
300 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-853-2364

This will be the 3rd annual St. Patrick's Day Cultural Festival & Parade!
This event serves as an annual fundraiser for the Gallia County Artisan Market non-profit/501(c)(3) entity. We started the Gallia County Artisan Market events in February 2014 due to the need for local artisans to be able to display and sell their work. We expanded to open up The Artisan Shoppe in December 2014 so we could have a shoppe version of our markets for those who couldn't attend. We decided to expand even more by opening up The Artisan Studio in October 2015. The St. Patrick Day Cultural Parade started in March 2015 and the Festival part was added in March 2016 since there were no parades or events in the area to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Our mission is to educate the public and to promote arts and culture in our community. We are getting bigger and better every year and we hope you all join us in supporting our mission. All businesses, all arts, and all cultures are welcome to be involved.
Parade, park & sponsor forms are available to pick up/drop off at The Artisan Shoppe, the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce & the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau. We can also email them upon request.

M.O.V.A.R.C. Hamfest
March 18
8:00am – 2:00pm
Admission: $5

Gallia County Senior Resource Center
1165 State Route 160
Gallipolis, OH 45631

The Mid-Ohio Valley Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Hamfest at the Gallia County Senior Citizens Center. Grand Prize is Yaesu FT2-DR analog/digital radio. Contact Lester Cardwell at 740-256-1312 for more information.

 

Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau
441 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
(740) 446-6882
(800) 765-6482

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Rambling: How Can I Help?



My day began with beeping. Snooze. More beeping. Am I the only person whose first twenty minutes each day is sitting in bed staring at the wall trying to determine reality or dreams? Mornings are weird, especially Monday Mornings.

All of a sudden I am driving down 35, whoa when did I get here and did I remember everything, including my pants? Everything is in order.

I arrive at the office. Computer on, tea made, shuffle through email and so forth. Now, what am I doing?

I think that we all have these Monday mornings. I sometimes consider myself a morning person, depending which co-worker you speak to you will get a different answer to that inquiry. But none the less, when we sit down to begin our week we ask ourselves, how will we use our time? Will it be a struggle to find our motivation? Do we scroll on social media? Read the paper? How will we represent Gallia County today?  What can I do?

Working at a CVB has its challenges and our main focus should be how to make a positive impact for our community. But I don't think that this is purely a CVB challenge but a challenge of any organization.  How will I make a difference in my community?

I think that small things can make a huge change in a community. One small idea can spring forth a whole world of possibilities. And I believe that is a big reason why as a whole, Gallia County, is one of the most special places. If you look at one of Gallia County's most notable historic figures, Bob Evans, he had a small idea and it became an empire. Or even our lights display Gallipolis in Lights, during the Christmas season, pulls our community together in an amazing way.

This brings up an important issue for me. We all have the same goal, to create a better community. Which means we should all be encouraging to the projects of others. I'm not saying you have to agree, but we should never discourage someone from trying to make something positive for our community.

I am vastly guilty of being jealous of someone else acting on an idea first. But, after some introspective I now applaud and support them because we all are working toward the same thing. I urge anyone who sees an organization doing something new to support them and ask "How can I help?". Let's make Gallia Great, spring is almost here and there are so many opportunities to make a difference.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Gallia County Events March 1st-12th




Events in Gallia County for the beginning of March (March 1st-12th)
Compiled by Lori At VisitGallia

Christian Music Night at Gallipolis Roller Bounce
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6:00pm-9:00pm

Gallipolis Roller Bounce LLC
211 Upper River Road (Behind Buffalo Wild Wings)
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-508-6668

Every Thursday night in March, come to the Gallipolis Roller Bounce for Christian music, hot food, and fun for the whole family! Youth group discounts available.

Wilton Royal Icing Cake Decorating
March 2, 9, 16, 23
5:00pm – 6:00pm
$40 (price for all 4 classes) $60 if you need to buy the kit

The Artisan Shoppe & Studio
300 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-853-

Learn how to create professional looking flowers and designs made from royal icing. We will cover making roses and rose buds, pansies, violets, basket weave, and Cornelli lace. Also, we will work with brush embroidery. Piping royal icing appliques and decorative borders are also included in class. Perfect for Spring and Easter decorating! Classes are scheduled 5pm-6pm for four (4) Thursdays (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd).

French Art Colony Vendor Fair
March 4
11:00am – 3:00pm

French Art Colony
530 First Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-446-3834

Stop the French Art Colony and see what these vendors have for sale. For more information, please contact the French Art Colony.

Tiffany Method Stained Glass Class
March 4
11:00am-1:00pm
Price: $60
Ages: $12+

Artisan Shoppe & Studio
300 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-853-2364

It's time to try something new! This stained glass class covers coining colors, cutting straight edges (great cuts for beginners), copper foiling and soldering. Otherwise referred to as the Tiffany method, using the copper - foil technique will help you develop a light-weight glass frame with a beveled, etched center piece, adding color to any window.

Youth Archery Clinic/Seminar
March 4
12:00pm-4:00pm

Elizabeth Chapel Church
55 Locust Street
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-446-4154

Sponsored by Thru the Bow Believers, Christian Bowhunters of America. Great opportunity for all school age kids, even if you are not an avid archer... from beginner to experience ... all will have fun and learn. Refreshments will be served. Instruction in the following will be covered: archery basics, archery equipment, hands on archery shooting, tree stand and archery safety and wildlife anatomy. Call Elizabeth Chapel Church for more information on this event.

Guy Michaels Comedy Hypnosis
March 4
8:00pm
Admission: $5-$15 (see below)

Colony Club
418 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-208-5526

If you are looking for an evening out where the ENTIRE FAMILY can relax and have a good time?? YOU HAVE FOUND IT! Comedy Hypnosis with Guy Michaels is a Las Vegas quality hypnosis stage show without the raunchy or suggestive activities that are often found in Las Vegas. Guy Michaels has worked tirelessly to bring you and your family or group a show that will make you laugh until you cry and also where you do not ever have to worry about what the kids may be exposed to.
Call the Colony at 740-208-5526 for tickets and more info!
$15 - General Seating (ages 12 – 60)
$5 - General Seating (ages 4 - 11)
$10 - Seniors
$10 - Military
Reserved tables available starting $80 for 4 people.

Watercolor Painting with Barbara Delligatti
March 5
1:00pm-4:00pm
$35

French Art Colony
530 First Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-446-3834

Join us at The French Art Colony for our Uncork and Create Series instructed by award winning artist, Barbara Delligatti. Barbara will lead you through the steps as you create beautiful watercolor roses. Anyone age 10 & up can attend. The cost is $35 which includes all supplies. Refreshments will be served. Please call the French Art Colony to register. *Advance registration is required **(Wine available for purchase at an additional cost)**

9th Annual Spring Open House Event at The Home Place Mercantile
March 11-12
10:00am-4:00pm

The Home Place Mercantile
842 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-446-4570

Seasonal Event featuring Spring & Easter Decor'. Also the areas best selection of Antiques & Vintage Collectibles. Special Event Markdowns, $100- Gift Certificate Drawling plus Refreshments.
The Time Changes this same weekend...Spring Forward...OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK AGAIN!!!

Introduction to Watercolor Painting Class
March 11
2:00pm-4:00pm
Spots: 6 students
Ages: 12+
Basic $35 - Deluxe $45

The Artisan Shoppe & Studio
300 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-853-2364

Deadline to sign up for Deluxe option: March 6th
Basic $35 - includes use of my paint and brushes and take home the double sided printed page painted during the class.
Deluxe $45 - take home a Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolor paint kit and the double sided printed page painted during class
No previous experience necessary
Small refreshments will be provided during the 3 hour class.
Basic option available until class time first come first served.
Instruction will include:
-Brief overview of watercolor papers, brushes, pigments, and other equipment used.
-Demonstration of various watercolor techniques.
-Step by step, one-on-one walk through of each technique.
-Opportunity to be creative or to "follow the leader" as suits each individual.
-More advanced techniques presented depending on available time and student progress during the class.
-Each page used in class has the same image on each side, providing the opportunity to practice or use different color schemes.

LIVE Music at Colony Club – Deep Creatures
March 11
7:00pm – 10:00pm
$3 cover charge

Colony Club
418 Second Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-208-5526

Kent Jolley and BeeJ Rocchi return to the Colony Club for the debut of Deep Creatures
 

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Gallipolis, OH 45631
(740) 446-6882
(800) 765-6482
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