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It's October again, and Halloween is right around the corner!! Many people are out and about decorating and planning for Halloween festivities starting as early as September. A survey by the National Retail Federation found that $7.4 Billion is projected to be spent on Halloween goodies this year. That is a whole lot of candy and costumes!!
Children and adults are not the only ones dressing up this year; around 23 million people will also dress their pets in silly costumes. Many 2014 costume trends are taking inspiration from television and movies such as Frozen, The Lego Movie, Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad, just to name a few.
If you are not the dress up type, but are into getting the pants scared off of you, you are not alone. Join the 33 million estimated to visit haunted houses this year, for a frightfully fun experience. Why people pay to be scared out of their minds will always puzzle those not brave enough to enter. For a list of Haunted Houses click here http://www.ohiohauntedhouses.com/.
Halloween is known, not only for Trick-or-Treat and Haunted Houses, but for ghoulish parties and social events. Quest has found a few fun and spooky recipes for you to impress your party guests with this year. Click Read More NOW for links to ingredients and full instructions, and start planning your 2014 Spooktacular Halloween celebrations!!
Happy Halloween from the Staff at Quest Conference Center!!!
According to the Ohio Chapter of Meeting Planners International, "We know meetings" is the motto of Quest, and they live up to it!" We are very thankful for this acknowledgement. While we host conferences, trainings, and seminars, many are not aware of how versatile and adaptable Quest is for other types of meetings.
Quest specializes in hosting a wide range of events from quilting workshops (see attached photos) to religious gatherings. With our meeting space serving as a blank canvas offering natural lighting, Quest allows planners to customize their set up to "wow" their attendees. In addition to offering 15 separate meeting rooms, the staff at Quest has over 75 years of combined hospitality experience.
Book an event for 2014 by October 1st and receive a complimentary gift card to the Polaris Grill, our exclusive caterer. (Ask Account Manager for details; New bookings only; Restrictions apply)
Did you know that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime??!! This statistic is far too high and scary to sit back and not take action to change it. Throughout the world there are many organizations and events raising awareness and funding for this cause. A great local example of this is the Pelotonia, an annual bike ride with year long fundraising efforts. The Pelotonia gives 100% of every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders, & volenteers directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Pelotonia is able to do this because all operating expenses are covered by funding partners such as Huntington Bank, Limited Brands, and Peggy & Richard Santulli, just to name a few.
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center is ranked among the Top 20 Cancer Hospitals in the Nation y US News and World Report. More than 300 researchers from 12 of the Ohio State's 14 colleges collaborate on breakthrough discoveries for new, more targeted ways to prevent, detect, treat, and cure individual cancers. With the money the Pelotonia raises, cancer research is able to speed up discovery and delivery of molecular- and genetic-based prevention and treatment for individual cancers. This could lead to improved outcomes, faster responses, more options, and fewer side effects for those diagnosed with the disease.
This will be the 6th year for the Pelotonia event, and they are hoping to out raise 2013's fundraising efforts. Last year, the 5th annual Pelotonia attracted 6,723 riders, and raised over $61 million for cancer research! This years fundraising event is on pace to be an even bigger success, with 7,048 riders committed and $8,563,201 raised so far.
We recently celebrated the first official day of summer 2014 on June 21st, and the staff here at Quest is certainly glad the extreme cold winter we had is being replaced with warm rays of summer sunshine!! We think it is safe to say that most of you out there are all for the warm weather finally being here in the Columbus area as well. With the arrival of summer officially here, it's hard to believe July 4th is just around the corner. Independence Day, according to Wikipedia, is a "federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776." This day in essence is America's Birthday, and is celebrated by all in this great country of The United States of America. Picinics, BBQ's, giant fireworks displays, family reunions, parades, the list goes on and on. But in this neck of the woods, we challenge you to find a more spectacular and entertaining celebration of July 4th then at Columbus's own Red White & Boom event held in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.
The 34th Annual Red White & Boom celebration will be held on July 3, 2014 from 12pm - 11pm in the Downtown Columbus area. This event is never held on the actual 4th of July, to eliminate conflicts with any Central Ohio communities' fireworks displays or events that are held on the 4th each year. They say this years Boom will be the greatest one yet with a significant amount of expansions.
This wonderful Columbus wide community event is produced by Promotions One, Inc. with the help from contributors and promotional support of event sponsers. More than 100 volenteers will be needed to make this event go off without a hitch. A perk for all volunteers is having a front row seat to the amazing fireworks display which is the Main Event at Red White & Boom. If you are interested in volunteering, you must be at least 18 years old, or 14 years old with a guardian present. For more information about volunteering and how to register for open positions click here http://www.redwhiteandboom.org/get-involved/.
Your probably wondering what all there is too do at Red White & Boom this year, and let us tell you that there is something for everyone at every age to enjoy. First of all who doesn't love a good Parade!!?? The AEP Independence Day Parade will kick off at the Main Street Bridge at 6pm. Make sure you show up early to get the best spot on the parade route!! Secondly, for the kids and families, head on over to the Columbia Gas' Children's Park on the corner of Neil and Long. Here you will find interactive activities such as; COSI on Wheels, carnival games, inflatables, face painters, balloon twisters, and much more!! You and your family can enjoy this Children's Park from Noon till 8pm on July 3rd. Next, we can not forget to talk about the most important part of Boom for some, which is the large assortment of delicious food and beverage options available. So after you and the kids have worked up an appetite at the park, head over to the Arena District Taste of Boom!! Nationwide Boulevard will be closed to traffic fromFront Street to Neil Avenue, and lined with Columbus's Top Restaurants for you too choose from. This area will be open from 3pm till 11pm, and will feature 2 stages that will host local entertainment for the day and night. So grab some grub, an ice cold beverage of your choice, and enjoy the live entertainment all day and night as you await the nights Main Event!!!
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been named the #1 Zoo in the United States more than one time in its history. The top zoo spot was given to them in 2009 by USA Travel Guide, and again in 2012 by Besties Readers' Choice, just to name a few. If you have ever had the opportunity to visit Jack Hanna's Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, you would see why they where named #1. Jack Hanna and the Columbus Zoo take pride in the many conservation programs they help supposrt, and this hasn't changed with their newest animal region.
The Columbus Zoo creatively Sets up its animal exhibits by regions of the world. The newest region of the world that will debut Tomorrow, May 22nd 2014 is the HEart of Africa. This new region will provide habitats for around 150 animals, which can be found roaming Africa. With this new region, zoo guests will be able to see so many native African animals like: Cheetahs, Blue Neck Ostriches, African Lions, Camels, Wildebeests, Zebras, and many more. Guests can get up close and personal with lions and even feed giraffes in this new region. You and your family can also enjoy a camel ride, cultural activities, live performers, and games in the Heart of Africa region. Watch the fastest animal on the planet at the cheetah run, or take in the views of the savanna, while the animals gather around the watering hole.
Wildlife in Africa increasinly competes with humans for habitat, food, and space. The Columbus Zoo works with several conservation programs in Africa to mitigate threats to both wildlife and people living there, by creating a balance between both their needs. Here are a few of the programs the zoo and the new region of the zoo help to support:
- Kenya's lions and other large carnivores.
- Promotes coexistence between the animals and farmers.
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