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Cue the "Downton Abbey" music: The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham has unveiled a new private dining and event space sure to please your inner aristocrat.

The Clancy Room is a study in modern elegance, with nearly 2,000 square feet of sophisticated art deco styling, marble floors, walnutpaneled walls, Baker blown-glass chandeliers and a striking solid-wood table that seats up to 30 guests for intimate private dinners.

“This room has a character of its own,” says Susan Broxholm, who arranged a private dinner at the Clancy for Barton Malow Co. executives and their guests. After a meal that Broxholm says was cooked to perfection by the hotel’s award-winning fine-dining restaurant, Rugby Grille, her group adjourned at a leisurely pace to the adjoining reception area of the L-shaped room, where desserts, coffee and after-dinner drinks were served. Guests enjoyed moving freely between the two private areas, which made it easy to socialize, she says.

Because the custom Michigan-designed table can be taken apart and stored when the room configuration doesn’t require it, the space is versatile, accommodating up to 70 guests seated at rounds and 150 for strolling receptions. 

It’s also an ideal small meeting space. Since opening in October, it’s been sold out almost every day for corporate board meetings and sales presentations, says Steven Kalczynski, the Townsend’s managing director.

Groups that would typically dine in the dark back rooms of steakhouses appreciate the floor-to-ceiling windows, bright artwork and high ceilings that fill the space with light, he says. 

Occupying the former space of The Corner Bar, the Clancy Room is named after the late Daniel E. Clancy, a well-known interior designer who worked at Perlmutter Freiwald, Inc. Clancy was closely involved with the hotel since its opening 28 years ago, guiding its recent renovations and conceiving of the room’s timeless design.

“[Clancy] really has touched every part of this hotel,” Kalczynski says. “We thought it would be fitting if we named it the Clancy Room after him.

“The Townsend Hotel has been known for years for creating experiences,” he adds. “We’ll deliver graceful, thoughtful and personalized service at all times.” 

Girlie elegance and sophistication were the theme of a recent bat mitzvah planned by Elm Events. Bat mitzvahs, the coming-of-age celebrations for 13-year-old Jewish girls, walk a tightrope—they must celebrate a teen girl in a way that pleases her friends and adult family alike. Hundreds often attend the parties, which follow a religious ceremony and often raise the bar for personalization and opulence.

 

Chris Rowley, the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's executive director, recently acquired her certification as a Government Meeting Specialist from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals .

The SGMP certifies employees of government entities through the voluntary GMS program whose  goal is to teach planners and suppliers to plan meetings and events in the most effective way possible for their government employers. The program requires participants to fulfill the ethical, personal and professional requirements that the SGMP specifies.

 

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.