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#destination THE CATSKILLS: A Winter Wonderland B ring together a forgiving and gorgeous winter climate, a resort history, frozen waterfalls and ponds, and almost a hundred peaks above 3,000 feet and a winter wonderland will emerge. The Catskill Region is well known for downhill skiing, offering, in close proximity to New York City, slopes such as Belleayre, Cortina, Hunter, Windham, Holiday and Plattekill that challenge seasoned experts and accommodate all levels of proficiency.  Anything you might want to do in the snow can be done in the Catskills. Ski centers make the most of the season with broad offerings of winter pleasures; including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tubing, winter festivals and indoor amusements. Also fun are the ice-fishing contests in the region’s many ponds and lakes such as Big Pond. Belleayre’s Winter Festival, Ski Fest at Windham and the Hanford Mills Ice Harvest are just a few of the major winter events that you don’t want to miss. One of the best locations in the country for ice climbing, thanks to a propensity of gorges and waterfalls, the Catskills sport vertical walls of ice perfect for ambitious climbing. Aficionados cart their gear to the “Gunks” and traverse routes such as The Notch, The Playground, Hellhole and Kaaterskill Falls. The holidays are all done up with Catskill cheer. Gift shoppers make rare finds and good humor abounds outside of the bustle of the cities and malls. There are concerts, Victorian teas, ice carnivals and special events and the annual Torchlight Parade on New Year’s Eve. Fulfill your resolutions or your deepest desires with a reviving spa weekend or a romantic Valentine’s getaway. As a meetings venue, the Catskills offers all the amenities of more expensive locations, including outstanding facilities, great meeting space, superb dining and entertainment, all at cost-effective prices. Whether you need 6 rooms or 600 rooms with exhibit space and break out rooms, you’ll find what you need. For more information, visit www. visitthecatskills.com. @ Sampling of Winter Events • Hudson Valley Rail Train Winterfest, Highland, 845-483-0428 • Ice Carnival, Livingston Manor, 845-292-5100 • Ice Harvest, East Meredith, 800-295-4992, www.hanfordmills.org • Winterfest & Ice Carving Contest, Wurtsboro, www.wurtsboro.org • Winterfest, Roscoe, 607-498-4701 Christmas • A Christmas Carol, Ulster Ballet Company, Kingston, 845-246-4316, www.upac.org • Holly Berry Walk, Kingston, 845-706-3473 • Sullivan County Historical Society’s Annual Theme Tree Exhibit, Hurleyville, 845-434-8044 • Welcome Yule, Kingston, 845-679-8172 Sports & Recreation • Belleayre Mountain Cup Race, Belleayre Mountain Winter Festival Week, WKNY Challenge Race, Highmount, 845-254-5600, www.belleayre.com • Fireman’s Race, Monticello, 845-796-3161, www.holidaymtn.com • King of the Ice Fishing Contest, White Lake, 845-794-2000 • Plattekill Annual Giant Slalom Race, Roxbury, 800-NEED-2-SKI, www.plattekill.com • Police Winter Games, Hunter, 888-HUNTER-MTN, www.huntermtn.com • Ski Fest Windham Mountain, 800-7549463,www.windhammountain.com • Sno-Cross, Stanford, www.cctrail.org • Snowmobile Drag Race, Roxbury, 800-NEED-2-SKI, www.plattekill.com New Year’s • Liberty Bell Drop, Liberty, 845-292-2394 • New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade, Roxbury Wildlife • Eagle Fest, Narrowsburg, 845-252-6509 • Weekend Eagle Watching, Upper Delaware, 845-557-6162 info@mpigny.org 23 http://www.visitthecatskills.com http://www.belleayre.com http://www.hanfordmills.org http://www.holidaymtn.com http://www.wurtsboro.org http://www.plattekill.com http://www.upac.org http://www.huntermtn.com http://www.cctrail.org http://www.plattekill.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY- Fall 2013

ASK THE BOARD
HAPPENINGS
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
T HE RISE OF HOSTED-BUYER PROGRAMS
CRISIS MANAGEMENT FOR MEETINGS
A PITCH, A PUTT AND A PERFECT DAY
MPIGNY @ WEC
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
MOBILE SOCIAL NETWORKING IMPROVING THE ATTENDEE EXPERIENCE
ACROSS THE POND – AN MPI UK AND IRELAND CHAPTER MEMBER VISITS MPIGNY
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
GOLF + MEETINGS = GREAT BUSINESS
DESTINATION: THE CATSKILLS
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISER’S INDEX

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