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NXTevent has Internship Openings

Want to be an Intern for NXTevent?

What is NXTevent?

Any world class destination deserves a world class team. NXTevent is the choice of the meetings, convention and incentive industry. As New England’s finest full service Event and Destination Management Company, NXTevent’s premise is simple – a passionate, experienced team who wants to tell your story with uncompromising detail and impeccable service. As such, our success story as the fastest growing event and destination management team in Boston and New England is unprecedented.

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Qualifications and Skills:

  • Your personal and professional presentation skills are impeccable in and out of the office for in person, online or on the phone interactions with our business and client community.
  • Qualified Candidates must possess excellent computer skills, a good telephone manner and personality, and attention to detail.
  • Hands on operational, in the field work is required.
  • Excellent computer skills, organizational and office skills

Generally, our apprentice program includes participation in core areas of company sales, marketing and program operations. You will be working with key company leadership as well as participating in company initiatives and operations.

Responsibilities will likely include:

  • General and Office Phone Work including answering, transferring and management.
  • Filing and required Paperwork on Programs including follow up vendor communications.
  • Reconciliation and closing of Client Programs with Accounting Department.
  • Preparing, composing and sending company information with cover letters to current, past and future client and industry relationships.
  • Reorganization and inventory of company operational supplies from onsite programs back into inventory and business operations.
  • Assisting in the research and development for company proposals as required.
  • Participation on onsite programs operationally with client events. You will part of the operational team executing live events and programs.
  • Updating and migrating database information as well as basic marketing including writing, editing, direct mail, email marketing, newsletter and company listing information.
  • Research for Lead Development for sales and account managers

Requirements:

  • Internships are Non-Paid
  • Proficiency and previous hands on experience with all Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Ease in learning internet and other software capabilities.
  • Workweek Commitment; your workweek commitment will be based upon on credits earned as well as by work-study / college credit requirements.
  • Full-time Internships are preferred – (40) Hour internships will generally require Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. as well as weekend and weeknight work with our company operations schedule.
  • Part time internships will be considered, but require a commitment of 3 full days with 9-10 hours days.

Please visit our website to learn more about our company at www.nxtevent.com

Please send your resume & cover letter to: Iwanttowork@nxtevent.com

Thank You!

Hope to hear from you soon!

A Look Back at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference Welcome Reception

This summer, NXTevent had the unique honor of working with the Alzheimer’s Association, planning and orchestrating events for the organization’s International Conference. The events, which included a Welcome Reception at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center and a 5K Fun Run, were held in honor of the thousands of researchers who dedicate their lives to studying and preventing Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Welcome Reception, held on Sunday, July 14th, across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, was the kickoff to the conference, setting the tone for the energy of the week. Thousands of guests departed the BCEC after a full day of conference sessions and were lead across the street to the grand arch of the Seaport World Trade Center. Along the way, the attendees were greeted by roving stilt walkers and acrobats outfitted in the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature purple. As guests ventured further down the drive, the powerful and festive sounds of a full marching band echoed down the street, beckoning guests forward to the reception. The performers swayed and bounced to the pounding of the drums while the color guard tossed their bright flags into the air. From the sidewalks, our staff watched guests as they smiled, pointed, and snapped photos of the scene.

Past the festivities at the grand entryway, attendees were greeted by the sounds and smells of a classic backyard barbeque. Sliders cooked on massive grills sent their sweet and smoky aroma into the air while trampoline performers executed incredible acrobatic feats nearby. Huge pitchers of specialty drinks dotted one side of the patio, complementing the bar stations and massive carts of other treats. Dancers, Double Dutch jump-ropers, magicians, along with other performers were at every turn, a feast for the eyes throughout the evening.

 

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Guests ate, drank, mingled, and danced along the boulevard of flags to the sounds of a fantastic DJ and in the company of their esteemed colleagues. A fan favorite was the performance by local community youth hip hop dance group, Lil’ Phunk, who demonstrated talent and passion far beyond their years.

As the event came to a close, guests were still barefoot and dancing, taking photos with new friends, relaxing at the purple themed cocktail tables, and reluctant to acknowledge that the fun had come to an end. We couldn’t be happier with the result and the response from our wonderful clients. The event was truly memorable, and we feel so grateful to have been a part of the conference in our own way._EST4849_EST4855

NXTevent Team Prepares to “Dine-Around”

Last night the NXTevent team was primed and ready, springing into action in their efforts to advance all 11 restaurants for a dine-around event for our client. The dine-around, planned for a group from the financial insurance industry, was a fantastic way for guests to get a real taste for the culinary scene of Boston in only one night. In true DMC style, we made every effort to ensure a seamless and memorable evening. From Strega to Sorellina, each restaurant was given the proper preparation.

 

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Prior to the evening’s main attraction, our team was ready to address every detail. With participating restaurants in practically every neighborhood in the city, NXTevent’s dine-around team made their rounds to each location, putting staff in place, combing over tables and linens, checking in with a stellar group of transportation staff, and executing their game plan. Our team loved the excitement and enthusiasm of all our valued partners at the city’s best restaurants. There’s nothing quite like the electric energy during our pre-event setup.

 

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We All Scream for Ice Cream: Where to Find the Area’s Best Scoops

It’s a beautiful day, one of those beautiful New England days where the sun hangs high in an impossibly blue sky, and the few clouds above look so fluffy and soft that you almost don’t mind when they float past. On a spring day like today, with flowers first peeking from beneath the soil, when temperatures are straddling 65 degrees for the first time in a long time, there’s only one thing a true New Englander has on his/her mind; Homemade Ice Cream.

Now, I’m not talking about taking a trip down to the local CVS and picking up some Haagan Daz. I’m talking about rich, creamy, fresh, homemade ice cream, the kind that trickles down a cone, no matter how feverishly you lick your mint chocolate chip double scoop. So, in honor of spring in New England, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite authentic homemade Ice Cream places in Eastern Massachusetts. Try them out and tell us whether we got it right. Are we missing your number 1 pick?

 

Essex: Head to the byways and beaches of Essex and revel in rolling farmlands, try your hand at antiquing, or spend a peaceful and serene afternoon on Crane’s Beach. No doubt you’ll get a craving for an icy treat. If so, make your way to:

 

  • Down River Ice Cream – Route 133 in Essex. With Adirondack chairs for lounging, beautiful river views, and flavors featuring Vermont maple sugar, walnuts, and peanut butter truffles, this place is a scoop of heaven.
  • Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream — 121 Eastern Avenue, Essex. The newest location for homegrown company that started as a small stand at Beverly Farms, Captain Dusty’s is always fresh and always different. With customized items like the Sham Rocker Frappe it’s a must-try.

 

Boston: Come explore the hub, wandering through the hustle and bustle of downtown crossing shopping center, through the charm of the Boston Common and Public Garden, and past the historical landmarks like the Old your adventure from:

  • Sprinkles Ice Cream and Fudge Shoppe — 120 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston — variety is the spice of life. It’s also the high point of any visit to Sprinkles Ice Cream Shoppe. Try ice cream sandwiches, elaborate sundaes, or even some ice cream cake. Every sweet treat satisfies.
  • The Ice Creamsmith — 2295 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester — This place gives new meaning to the word “fresh,” with all of their Ice Cream churned on the premises. Create your own flavor using any combination of their 13 “mixins” or try one of their monthly special concoctions.

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Cambridge: In a city famous for its quirkiness, originality, and love of locally sourced products, it’s no surprise there’s plenty of options for authentic homemade ice cream. After you marvel at the history and architecture of America’s oldest University, waltz on over to famous Harvard square, or a bit further to trendy Central or Inman Square to see the local artists’ wall. Then try:toscaninis

  • Toscanini’s — 899 Main St, Cambridge — Where else in the world can you enjoy flavors like Earl Grey, Burnt caramel, goat cheese brownie, and ginger snap molasses? The answer: nowhere.
  • Christina’s — 1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge — the self proclaimed “landmark for the culinary enthusiast” has an impressive collection of awards. They’ve been wowing ice cream lovers for years with flavors like Crème Fraiche, Grand Marnier, and Honey Lavendar. This is the place for the foodie in need of a dessert fix.

 

Cape Cod: If you’re lucky enough to make a trip to Massachusetts’ famous Cape Cod, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get that ice cream sugar high before being consumed by the serenity of sand and sun. On your way to your beach destination, make a pit stop in Plymouth or Centerville and experience:peaceful meadows

  • Peaceful Meadows 60 Bedford Street, Whitman — Midway between Cape Cod and the Greater Boston area, Peaceful Meadows is a treat, with some truly terrific ice cream. Peaceful Meadows has been around for ages, but it’s largely unknown by people from outside the area
  • Four Seas Ice Cream — 360 S. Main St., Centerville — as you venture closer to the outer coast and cross the Sagamore bridge, you could always make a pitstop at the Four Seas. Enjoy some of the cantaloupe ice cream at Cape Cod’s oldest ice cream stand

NXTevent hosts event at the state-of-the-art WGBH studios

NXTevent recently had the honor of managing a panel discussion and cocktail reception for some of New England’s finest in the internet cloud computing industry.

Their event was hosted at the WGBH studios, a state-of-the-art facility in Brighton, Massachusetts. Relocated in 2007 WGBH studio is complete with a chic and modern lobby, a soaring 3500 square foot atrium, and a luxury high quality theatre.

While taking into account the clients colors and the season, NXTevent was able to create  a warm yet ultra modern atmosphere in this spectacular venue.

The evening began with a keynote speaker and transitioned easily to a four person panel discussion inside the Yawkey Theatre. Guests were able to learn from and interact in comfort inside this intimate yet state-of-the-art theatre.

After the panel discussion it was time to unwind, have fun and network!! The guests were greeted outside the theatre with passed hors d’oeuvres and a specialty martini bar from our friends at Max Ultimate catering! They are a preferred caterer for NXTevent that offers innovative new foods and some old classics with a modern and fresh approach. Keeping with the theme and the location the drink special for the evening was the Bostini. Guest continued to dine, drink and enjoy the event.

When all was said and done at the end of the evening, NXTevent not only met our client’s expectations but exceeded them in all ways possible.

Doctors Experience All Boston Has to Offer

NXTevent managed transportation and entertainment for an annual multi-day conference which consisted of allergy, asthma, and immunology doctors. 

The first night consisted of a welcome reception for 1000 people at the Sheraton Boston.  Background music was provided by Boston String Quartet.  Since its formation 2004, the Boston String Quartet has been a creative leader in contemporary classical music in New England.  BSQ performed arrangements of classical chamber music, rock, jazz, world music, and much more.

On the following night guests got to experience an elegant fundraising gala at Boston’s famous Museum of Fine Arts.  Guests toured the museum before sitting down for a three course dinner and enjoying tunes from Mystique and acapella songs from Harvard University’s Din and Tonics.

NXTevent topped off their Boston experience with a sit down dinner at the Harvard Club in downtown Boston.  Guests once again danced the night away to the sounds of Mystique and also enjoyed watching professional ballroom dancers from Miami.

Environmentalists Invade Boston

NXTevent managed a tour program for an environmental group from down south, who were in Beantown for a multiday conference.  Guests got to enjoy the unseasonably warm November weather while exploring historic New England landmarks.  Destinations included the North End, Harvard University, Sam Adams Brewery, Deer Island, Parker River Wildlife Refuge, the USS Constitution, and much more in between.

In addition to providing tours, NXTevent managed an event for the group at the New England Aquarium.  Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation.  The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource. This environmentally friendly group of 350 guests arrived by the T.  They mingled with penguins and sea lions while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and socializing with their colleagues and counterparts.

AAP Storms the Castle!

Rising early, while the sun was still asleep, NXTevent and the partner vendor TRACS headed out to Castle Island and the fort for the The 5th Annual AAP Friends of Children Fund 5K Fun Run & 2 Mile Walk. 

On this crisp fall morning, participating members of the American Academy of Pediatrics arrived friendly faces from NXTevent and a DJ greeted the group as they entered the castle gates. The turn-out was diverse including groups of friends, couples and families. With a remarkable time of only 18 minutes and 43 seconds the reigning champ Brian Lynch once again took the wining title. Awards, pictures and refreshments concluded this fun run!

            The course included wrap around views of Boston Harbor and then Boston’s skyline, as well as looking south to Quincy and the Cape.  Our client thanked us for choosing this location to showcase the hidden gem of a location out at Castle Island, not only for it’s views but for it’s community feeling.

Thanksgiving: Born in New England – An American Tradition

It’s hard to tell that winter is just around the bend as Boston and New England have been experiencing what some would call “balmy” weather (with the exception of the Halloween snow storm!) Regardless of the weather, scents of pumpkin spice and gingerbread waft through the air as you pass by coffee shops and the buzz and excitement of the holiday season is upon us.

Here at NXTevent, we thought we would share the history of this great New England tradition, and on Thursday, November 24, we will be sharing in our own holiday traditions with family and friends.

Thanksgiving: Born in New England – An American Tradition

(In 2011, Thursday, November 24)

A beloved American holiday, Thanksgiving is a time to share thanks with family, friends, and vistors and remember just what we have to be grateful for. Today’s Thanksgiving includes NFL football and the famous Macy parades as well as opens the “shopping extravaganzas” across American malls and online stores, plus a lot of feasting, resting, feasting, resting. Almost all the same was true in 1621, sans the modern day amenities, electronics, and sports, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth on Cape Cod celebrated their bountiful harvest and good fortune.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as an American holiday, a movement that started by the Continental Congress as far back as the American Revolution. Nearly 100 years later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt then officially set the day for Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday of November.

The First Thanksgiving by the Colonists of Plimouth

(Sources: History Channel & Kathleen Curtin, Food Historian at Plimoth Plantation)

In 1621, the colonists of Plimouth (Cape Cod) and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

Interestingly, historians have also recorded additional celebrations of thanks among European settlers in North America. Whether at Plymouth, or throughout the new world of the Americas, the heritage of thanks, and particularly of the legacy of the ceremonial feast, have survived the centuries as people throughout the United States gather family, friends, and enormous amounts of food for their yearly Thanksgiving meal.

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 Today, our Thanksgiving menus are full banquets. A must is the traditional turkey, roasted or fried depending on your taste, served with mashed potatoes and a little personal flair, as well as green bean casserole, sweet potatos and a slew of pie. As diverse as America is today, its general population are likely to blend in some regional influences and ethnic heritage from sides dishes to the main course. Not unlike where it all began 400+ years ago.

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Truth be told, the only two items identified in history records that were on the menu are venison and wild fowl. Edward Winslow details and describes the “First Thanksgiving” from A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1621:

Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

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Here are some of the NXTevent team’s favorite parts of Thanksgiving! Martha loves the smell of turkey and stuffing roasting in the oven and finds this time of year a great time to give thanks and reflect peacefully on the year gone by. Toni takes on the incredible task of pie making – she cooks everyone’s favorite pies! Her record is 21 pies from scratch which includes Apple, Banana Cream, Pecan, Blueberry and Pumpkin which she then delivers to all of her family members! She also finds it’s a good time to start addressing her Christmas cards to get ahead of the game! Ally spends time with family and friends, usually preparing a thanksgiving feast with an open house feel, but this year she heads to Brooklyn to visit with her brother and family. While there, she and her family will experience the newly opened 911 Memorial as well as a trip to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty, all in thanks and memoriam to those who have served, those who have emigrated, and the heritage of our nation.

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving and the holidays?

Willkommen!

It was an exciting time for the NXTevent team as we welcomed a 100 new faces from Europe.

Upon arrival at the International Terminal at Logan Airport, our guests were whisked away for a highlights tour of Boston as the coach made its way to a historic seafood venue, overlooking the piers of Boston, much anticipated New England seafood supper.  After long hours of air travel, the fresh air and walk followed by fresh bread rolls and lobster bisque enticed our guests to give in to a warm Bostonian tradition of soup and bread, followed by the American brownie sundae a la lava bomb!

With our comprehensive database of the best Boston tour guides, we added 3 wonderful German-speaking guides to our NXTevent team. Thanks to our very own Laurence Honan and these lovely lades, who are like the Charlie’s angels of German guiding, communication and language barriers were no problem!

From surf to turf, the following evening our group wined and dined at one of our favorite steakhouses, Grille 23. The night began with hors de oeuvres and classic Caesar salad, followed by a divine selection of steaks. To be sure, guests were once again surprised by the American portions and quality of meat! To put the group at ease, NXTevent made sure to provide translated menus so everyone was able to order their steak cooked to perfection!

Rise and shine! To really give our international travelers a taste of New England, we headed north of the city to America’s Bewitching Seaport – Salem, Massachusetts. There was a sense of anticipation in the air as we glimpsed scenes of preparations for the fall season and Halloween festivities. First stop, The House of the Seven Gables – Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion inNew England. After an in-depth tour of the property (also translated into German for our group), it was onto America’s Oldest Seaport and Fishing Town – Gloucester, Massachusetts. After a gorgeous seaside walk on the Boulevard from the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial to the Man at the Wheel, guests made their way to Lenny and Dottie Linquata’s restaurant – The Gloucester House.  Out to the Seven Seas Café, directed adjacent to the harbor and the docks where the seafood you eat is delivered to the chef in the kitchen.  The group was in awe of the buoys hanging from the ceiling and the gigantic lobster steamer piled high with steamed lobster, fresh corn and potatoes cooked to perfection. To welcome the group, Lenny shared history of Cape Ann, a few Gloucestertails / tales and demonstrated how to successfully eat a lobster as the group looked on with lots of smiles and laughter.

Filled with lobster and strawberry shortcake, the group continued their tour of Cape Ann and stopped into the quaint town of Rockport for some exploration and shopping. Bearskin Neck offers gift shops, crafts and jewelry shops, candy stores amidst artist studios and delicious cafes. The clouds cleared and it was truly a delightful bright sunny afternoon. As our German guides and NXTevent team escorted the group back to their Boston bound buses, we had a little surprise waiting for them on their bus. After a long day, guests  received a petite bag of Dancing Deer Fall Maple Butter Leaves and Gingerbread Acorns – what a sweet way to end the day.

But we weren’t quite done – a final hurrah at The Harvard Club Back Bay. The only Platinum alumni club inMassachusetts, high ceilings, rich crimson walls, wooden staircases and a glowing fire surrounded the group with the history and prestige of Harvard University. It was the ideal setting for the Harvard Din & Tonics a capella group to perform some of their American jazz inspired repertoire during the cocktail reception. These 13 gentleman performing in their white ties, tails and lime green socks, have an enviable reputation for their impeccable musicality, snappy choreography and hilarious antics. They then escorted the group into the Great Hall for a nicoise salad and tuna tartare “Martini”, mouth-watering surf and turf topped off with a trio of scrumptious desserts (including a modern version of chocolate terrine and traditional Boston cream pie – yum!)

After a great few days – our group returned with fond memories, lobster eating skills and historic insight into our beloved New England.

Check out some pictures from their New England visit

Auf Wiedersehen!!

 

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