News reports have fans waiting outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood for upwards of 50 days in anticipation of the opening of the next Star Wars installment, “Revenge of the Sith.”
Even KennyChesney doesn’t have that kind of following in
But people who have a borderline fanatical interest in movies, regardless of the genre, are a hearty bunch and will travel (and wait) anywhere for their silver screen heroes.
And that’s what MarkHodges is banking on.
Hodges, a young
The event is centered around
“This will happen,” Hodges said. “We’ve already got the place.”
Hodges calls the first year “starting out small,” but plenty of items already are on the agenda, and most look like they could blossom into continuous features.
There will be a “meet and greet” session with about 20
Hodges said a children’s day featuring stories, movies and events geared to young visitors will be in place because a selection of the guests will be people who have been involved in children’s films in the past.
Other attractions include museum exhibits, rooms geared toward movie art, movie-related materials for sale, several film festivals and appearances by celebrities who will speak about the films in which they participated.
The two-day affair will end with a banquet, featuring one of the stars of the weekend, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Why is this significant to
Because you’ve got to start somewhere.
Hodges and his friends are looking for investors to help grow the show. They are patterning the gathering after DragonCon, in
“Over 7,700 hotel rooms were rented out for the 2004 show, and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce estimates that the event brings in between $12 million and $24 million into the
or anywhere in
By 2008, Hodges hopes to move the show to
and become the largest annual convention in the
“For the 2006 show we are looking to raise $60,000 to put on the event — $30,000 to put on the convention and $30,000 for a major
As an aside to SteveWilson at the CVB: These folks probably think those camped out in
- Thirteen years ago, some may have thought DanGendler crazy.
Bringing the European-styled tapas dining experience to
Last week, Gendler was elected into the West Michigan Hospitality Hall of Fame. He got his start in GRCC’s Hospitality Education Department and earned a degree in culinary arts in 1985.
“Many of you may be familiar with the ‘small-plate’ trend sweeping through the culinary world,” said Randy Sahajdack, program director of the college’s hospitality department, during the induction ceremony. “For those of us in
- Don’t think the success of San Chez has gone unnoticed locally, either.
Reconstruction starts today on the former Gaslight Inn in
“We want our customers to have unique menu choices that are unlike other dining options in the
He said those options include “tapas-style appetizers” such as ahi tuna tempura, seared duck with quince puree and baby lamb chops du jour.
Weiskopf plans to add full-length windows to the building, along with a hardwood bar, high-top bistro tables and stainless steel accompaniments. A patio on the east side of the building also will be added for summer dining.
The site is directly across the street from the mixed-use development Jade Pig’s ScottWierda and BrianDeVries plan to erect on the former Jacobson’s site, and that fact is not lost on Weiskopf.
“The new restaurant will definitely help in the fight to ‘reignite Gaslight,’” he said, referring to the city’s business district. “I am very excited to be a part of the