Themes Are Trending For Business Events

As many business owners and managers know, occasionally it’s a good idea to gather employees, customers, vendors or other groups together outside of the job site for meetings or for social reasons. Companies can use these get-togethers as employee or partner appreciation events, as holiday celebrations, or as a way to mark a business milestone. Whatever the reason for the gathering, these events arTheme-Events-The-Clayton-Center-NCe a great way to create camaraderie and foster networking in a more relaxed environment.

While traditional formal events—professional presentations and black-tie affairs—are still widely used by companies around the Triangle and surrounding region, we are seeing a change in how businesses approach their events and meetings. Event coordinators now have a far greater range of options when organizing corporate and small business sponsored events.

For instance, The Clayton Center recently was transformed into a Vegas-style casino, complete with Blackjack and poker tables and a full-size roulette wheel. A large Johnston County company sponsored the event as a holiday social for its employees.

A year or so ago, another company used the facility to bring together its regional management staff—employees from Raleigh and the greater Triangle, the Piedmont and areas south and east of Clayton—for a friendly Jeopardy-like Quiz Bowl competition.

Ideas for event themes are limitless. However we compiled the following list from a quick online search for trends in corporate themed events. Keep in mind, though, that these ideas are not only suited for corporate events. They can be used for most types of events including fundraisers, birthday and anniversary parties, and even weddings.

  • Casino Night
  • Quiz Bowl or Other Competition
  • Luau
  • Magic
  • Circus or Cirque du Soleil
  • An evening of entertainment with reception
  • Comedy Night
  • Mardi Gras or Masquerade Party 

Regardless of the theme you choose,  a themed party helps you to create a memorable experience for both clients and employees, and you can use these occasions to reward your partners and build  relationships that can benefit your business.

Grand Ole Opry Stars To Celebrate The Holidays Dec. 6

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Country & Western, Comedy In Store From Riders In The Sky

Saddle up and head on down to The Clayton Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, as the iconic Riders In The Sky take the stage to celebrate Christmas The Cowboy Way.

Hailed as “one of the most historically significant acts in the history of American music,” Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by legends such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers for more than 30 years. These talented musicians have remained true to the integrity of Western music and have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit.

As a classic cowboy quartet, the trail has led Riders In The Sky to heights they could have never predicted. Riders have chalked up over 6100 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries. They have performed their authentic renditions of old classic cowboy and Western songs, as well as original works and their signature comedic skits and songs in venues everywhere from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall, and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl.

In 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history. They are members of the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars and the Walk of Western Stars in Newhall, CA. They have won two Grammy Awards, and have been the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers Of the Year” seven times.

 

Clayton Woman’s Club Celebrates 10 Years of “Tasting”

theclaytoncenterevents-tasteofcarolina_serveThis Friday, Nov. 7, marks the tenth year that the Woman’s Club of Clayton will host the popular Taste of Carolina fundraiser at The Clayton Center.

The event, which is the largest annual community event held here at the Center, will showcase the finest menu offerings of 15 area restaurants.

The Clayton Center is the perfect venue for the Taste of Carolina, with space to accommodate the hundreds of attendees and a layout that works well with this type of social event. Restaurants will be set up at stations around the Main Lobby and in the Council Chambers, and attendees will move from station to station, sampling taste-size portions from exhibiting restaurants. In between samples, guests will have the chance to participate in a silent auction, which also will be located in the Main Lobby. In addition to the tastings and silent auction, there will be live entertainment and dancing. Featured performers are Bruce Naegelen, Michael Devine and Johnny Orr.

Participating restaurants will compete for seven awards, including Best Presentation, Best Pasta, Most Original, Best Use of Local Ingredients, Best Dessert and the coveted People’s Choice awards. Staff members from Wake Technical College Culinary School will select the five “Best” awards. Ticketholders will vote on the People’s Choice awards.

All proceeds will benefit projects and causes supported by the Woman’s Club. These include Artists in the Schools, Clayton Visual Arts, Christmas gifts for needy children, First Baptist Church’s Backpack Buddies program and college scholarships.

Tickets are $35 and may be obtained from Marie Monsees at 919-553-5289 or any Woman’s Club member. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Your Events are Special Events at the Clayton Center

Here at the Clayton Center, we enjoy hosting you for great fine arts and performing arts events. (Check out our regularly-updated events calendar for details.) But you don’t have to be a visiting artist or musical group to have your special event take place at the Clayton Center. Consider our unique features when you’re planning your next special event, and we can help you to make the event a success!

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Our atrium-like Lobby Gallery has an airy, open feel to it. Gather a small group here for an impressive intimate setting, or use this space for up to 350 people for mingling, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. If the main floor is not enough space, or if you’re looking for a unique way to present your event, we have four terraces overlooking the main floor. If you can’t go ‘out’, we can go ‘up’!

Food Services
At the Clayton Center, flexibility is key to meeting your food and catering needs. We have no restrictions when it comes to catering; you can use the caterer of your choice. We also provide your choice of two kitchen areas for your use. The larger one and the smaller one have sinks and ample counter space to spread things out and prep for your guests. Our larger kitchenette also features a commercial refrigerator and an ice machine.

Put The Clayton Center To Good Use

One Time Use
We have many clients who choose to use our venue for a once-in-a-lifetime event. We’re a great location for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, weddings, receptions, graduation celebrations, anniversary parties, retirement celebrations and much more!

Perhaps you work with a business that needs to get off site for some training or team-building activities. Our Conference Center provides a professional setting, with enough room for some fun activities if your event calls for it.

Regular & Repeat Events
Do you have a religious organization, social club, civic group or not-for-profit organization which meets on a regular basis? Ask about our discounted rates for regularly scheduled events. We have a space that’s the right size for you.

Look around The Clayton Center’s website and take a look at the photo gallery to get an idea of how we can make your next event, or series of events, successful and special.

Location
We are convenient to Raleigh and southeastern Wake County, with easy access to Durham, Chapel Hill, Zebulon, and other parts of Orange, Durham, Harnett, Lee and Johnston Counties.

Contact Us
Call 919-553-3152 Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM– 5:00 PM, or look for specifics on our website.

 

 

We’re All Set For The Capitol Steps Friday Night

Friday night at 8 PM, The Capitol Steps take the stage for what’s sure to be an all-out onslaught of political sasucceed-smalltire. We’ve been preparing all week for the
opening night show, and we even had a visit from Valonda Callaway of WNCN’s My Carolina Today. Valonda spoke with Scotty about the show and the upcoming season. She also visited with Palladian Series Principal’s Club sponsor Betsy Grannis of The Morning Glory Inn. If you missed the segment on the morning show, you can see it here.

Behind The Scenes: Single Ticket Sales, Stage Upgrades & More

Wow! It’s been a busy week here at The Clayton Center. Single tickets went on sale for all of our upcoming Palladian Series shows, and sales have been tremendous. So much so that if you’ve been thinking about seeing Capitol Steps in October or Jeanne Robertson in January, you may want to give us a call, come by or go online to purchase your tickets. Both shows are proving to be extremely popular with our patrons, and seats are going fast.

 While the box office staff was busy selling tickets, Scotty, Steven and crew were working to install and paint a new stage floor. The result is awesome.

The coming weeks will be full of exciting projects, including our annual Scene Stealers Sign-Up Social. We’ll gather our volunteers together with their calenclayton center-177dars and begin scheduling work times. If you’re interested in becoming a Scene Stealer, call the box office at 919-553-1737 and request to be put on our contact list. We always like to see new smiling faces at the shows.

Radio-active: Scotty Talks About New Palladian Series On Morning Show

Did you happen to catch our own Executive Director Scotty Henley talking up the season on KIX 102.9 FM this week? Scotty visited with on-air morning personality Jenn LuMaye and gave her the low down on all of our upcoming shows. As part of the morning show promotion, Jenn gave away a pair of tickets to the each show during the KIX morning quiz.kix-logo

The Clayton Center is partnering with KIX—and other local radio and TV stations—for the 2014-15 season. If you haven’t tuned in to the KIX classic hits station, check it out! Jenn will feature The Clayton Center during the morning show in the week leading up to each performance, so there will be more chances to win.

Look for The Clayton Center in this Sunday’s News & Observer, too. We’ll be included in the newspaper’s annual Fall Arts Preview, which lists all of the great arts and entertainment events going on around the Triangle. It’s a great reference you can plan to have on hand when you’re looking for something exciting to do close to home.

 

Aug. 25: Mark Your Calendar for Individual Ticket Sales

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Capitol Steps To Open Series On Oct. 17

Individual tickets to shows in The Clayton Center’s 2014-15 performing arts season go on sale on Monday, Aug. 25, at 10 AM. You won’t want to miss the chance to see some of the funniest and most entertaining performers on stage today!

The season opens on Friday, Oct. 17, with the irreverent and irrepressible political satire of The Capitol Steps, and continues on Saturday, Nov. 1, with An Evening With Groucho, featuring Frank Ferrante. Other shows are Riders In The Sky, Saturday, Dec. 6; Jeanne Robertson, Friday, Jan. 23; Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles’ Experience, Friday, March 20; and Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, Saturday, April 11.

The Clayton Center also will present The Malpass Brothers in concert on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Returning season ticket holders from the previous season are currently renewing their subscriptions. New season ticket packages (full season and Flex 3 packages) go on sale beginning Aug. 13.