Monday, February 25, 2008
Honoring Jack Kerouac at the New York Public Library
When you hear "We are going to New York Public Library" you would assume that we would be pulling out our library cards and checking out books, viewing historical displays and maybe getting a bite to eat at Bryant Park. But not if your an event planner....it's one of the top venues in NYC!
Currently on display in the library are the scrolls and sketches of Jack Kerouac. For all of those not familiar:
Wikipedia: Jack Kerouac (pronounced /ˈkɛrəwæk/) (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. Along with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, he is amongst the best known of the writers (and friends) known as the Beat Generation.
What made this event incredibly unique was that it was hosted by Jim Irsey, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, who happens to own one of the scrolls on display at the Library. The Red Carpet was brought in to this event by one of our partners, Ray Ovetsky from E1, LTD. The event was themed as a 1960's style poetry lounge with cabaret tables, warm hue up lighting, funky lantern centerpieces, black and white wall decor with photos of Jack and of course....beret's. What Beatnik party is without them?
Along with the finger snapping, the guests were treated to the scrumptious catering of Marion and Adam Jacobs from Corio. Although it was a cold and stormy January night, this event brought everyone out from the era including Grammy Award Winner and Hall of Fame artist Patty Smith and Debbie Harry from Blondie. I've never seen my registration staff more starstruck as she walked in cool as ever! Between the readings from Jack's work and the musical performances, this event was a surefire success. Definitely a unique experience not many will be able to duplicate. We were really honored to be partnered on this event and thank E1, Ltd for including us in it.