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General Manager Greeting - Posted 03/20/2014
 

 This month, I would like to take the opportunity to express my deepest appreciation to the amazing team at the Northshore Harbor Center for the outstanding job they do every day. I especially want to recognize our unsung heroes. They are the building services staff that consists of 3 full-time and multiple part time staff, coordinated by Building Services Manager, Matt Rowe and Operations Director, Art Baudoin. These are the other smiling faces of the Harbor Center - the ones that you see in the background at an event, cleaning up spills, emptying garbage and keeping restrooms sparkling. I’d like to share the other part of what this group of dedicated men and women do.

As we host events of all types and sizes year round, our goal is to take our client’s vision and seamlessly create their perfect event. We often have multiple back-to-back events, which means working around the clock (recently, 24 straight hours) to make the transition from one event to the next. As the band ends or the last lecture is over and everyone heads home, our team swings into action. January showed a perfect example of their passion and dedication to our clients. As temperatures fluctuated from a warm 60 degrees to icy sleet and road closures, the Harbor Center hosted a whirlwind week of events including the Krewe of Slidellians Bal Masque, an investor’s meeting, the East St. Tammany Chamber’s Starry Starry Nights, the Northshore High School Who’s Who dance and Safe Harbor’s Real Men of St. Tammany Gala. Whether it was the investor’s meeting which called for a business setting, or one of the many parties complete with beautiful swags and décor, our team created each vision with perfection. For what they have accomplished recently and for the dedication and true teamwork that they display all year long, I thank them.
~Kathy Lowrey 
Harbor Center Hosts a Flurry of Events - Posted 02/26/2014
 

Weather in South Louisiana is ever changing and unpredictable to say the least, much like the events at the Northshore Harbor Center.  In a week’s time beginning on January 18, temperatures fluctuated from a warm, sunny 60 degrees to a sleet-and-ice misery where roads were closed, and people were advised to stay home. However, things were just getting warmed up at the Harbor Center; “The show must go on” is a phrase taken very seriously by the staff at the Harbor Center. Beginning January 17th and ending January 27th, the Northshore Harbor Center, just like weather in the South, underwent a series of drastic transformations, hosting a variety of completely different events with one fabulous crew making it all look seamless. Here is a sneak peek at what really goes on “behind the scenes” at the Northshore Harbor Center.

The whirlwind week started as the Krewe of Slidellians Bal Masque, the first of four elegant balls that the Harbor Center hosts in January and February, kicked off Mardi Gras season. This elaborate event featured all of the pomp and circumstance that you would expect from a Mardi GThe whirlwind week started as the Krewe of Slidellians Bal Masque, the first of four elegant balls that the Harbor Center hosts in January and February, kicked off Mardi Gras season. This elaborate event featured all of the pomp and circumstance that you would expect from a Mardi Gras Ball. The Tableau included dukes and maids who represented many of the community’s non-profit organizations. The highlight of the evening was the grand unveiling of King and Queen Samaritan LXIV, who exemplify the spirit of community giving.  The room was dressed to the nines in elegant red and gold décor, including a lovely ceiling swag, beautifully laid tables, a generous dance floor, and a beautifully decorated stage.  Approximately 450 attendees experienced the majesty of the Tableau, dined on Patton’s Catering’s finest cuisine, danced to the sounds of Michael “Soulman” Baptiste, and enjoyed a fantastic night out.ras Ball. The Tableau included dukes and maids who represented many of the community’s non-profit organizations. The highlight of the evening was the grand unveiling of King and Queen Samaritan LXIV, who exemplify the spirit of community giving.  The room was dressed to the nines in elegant red and gold décor, including a lovely ceiling swag, beautifully laid tables, a generous dance floor, and a beautifully decorated stage.  Approximately 450 attendees experienced the majesty of the Tableau, dined on Patton’s Catering’s finest cuisine, danced to the sounds of Michael “Soulman” Baptiste, and enjoyed a fantastic night out.

 

When the last dancer called it a night, the real transformation began. The Harbor Center staff, consisting of approximately 13 full and part-time employees, worked diligently to reconfigure the ample space to serve as a functional meeting space for a local investment organization, just a few days after the bal masque.  The room was set perfectly and the Harbor Center gained another happy client.

 

The day following the investors’ meeting, it began to sleet, but the business community didn’t let badThe day following the investors’ meeting, it began to sleet, but the business community didn’t let bad weather keep them from the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation banquet, Starry Starry Nights in the East.  In a little over 24 hours the banquet hall was transformed again into another elegant masterpiece for East St. Tammany’s leaders to enjoy.  Featuring music and dancing, the party was a delight to all, and offered the opportunity to congratulate many area businesses on their success in the past year. The night ended with a careful drive home since many roads were closed due to icy conditions, but for the turnaround staff at the Harbor Center the flurry was just beginning. weather keep them from the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation banquet, Starry Starry Nights in the East.  In a little over 24 hours the banquet hall was transformed again into another elegant masterpiece for East St. Tammany’s leaders to enjoy.  Featuring music and dancing, the party was a delight to all, and offered the opportunity to congratulate many area businesses on their success in the past year. The night ended with a careful drive home since many roads were closed due to icy conditions, but for the turnaround staff at the Harbor Center the flurry was just beginning.