After a casual catered "picnic" dinner, the 2,800 guests at The Gala on the Green enjoyed a live performance by Chris Isaak. The event was held in conjunction with a large tradeshow in Atlanta and the venue was Centennial Park which had been built for the Summer Olympic Games when they were in this city.
In addition to the bar areas (see my previous posts), the stage was one of several large truss structures at the event. It was actually brought in on the bed of a semi truck and erected there, like a pop-up book. Everything for it was self-contained on the truck. Then, during the concert, guests laid on blankets we had been provided in the front rows or sat on comfy lawn chairs. The entire mood was that similar to the free concerts in the park New York is so famous for. It was a great atmosphere.
And although the entire production took the team three days to set up, it only took us 12 hours to strike. One of the people there helping us was Patia, or "Tia," a fellow blogger I had met in the "blogosphere." An Atlantan native with a desire to be part of the event industry, Tia had been reading this blog and contacted me asking for general advice on how to get started. In chatting, I discovered she lives in Atlanta and invited her to see the set up. On site, she quickly and enthusiastically went from observer to volunteer then documented the experience on HER blog.
Now, to bring this completely full circle, here is that blog post: http://www.mygapeach.blogspot.com/