30th Annual St. Vincent “Festival of Trees”

The Bayfront Convention Center is full of holiday cheer for Saint Vincent’s 30th annual “Festival of Trees.” More than 100 trees are professionally decorated by sponsors and designers, each with their own unique theme that guests will be able to pick their favorite and vote.

There will be musical entertainment, Santa’s workshop, nativity sets from around the world exhibit, children’s activities and vendors. There will also be a raffle where guests can purchase tickets for the chance to win decorated gift trees and custom gift baskets.

There is also Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 29th at 9:30am in the Bayfront Convention Center’s Great Hall.

Festival of Trees Admission
$9 Adults
$6 Children (12 and under)
All Festival tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Wed.: 10am-8pm

Thurs.: Closed

Fri./Sat.: 10am-8pm

Sun.: 10am-6pm

For an inside look, watch this story from WICU/WSEE Paul Wagner: http://www.erietvnews.com/story/27480256/preview-of-festival-of-trees

Also, a video from Sarah Stemen at GoErie:http://video.goerie.com/tout.php?tout_uid=eoho53&widget_uid=55e0f9&security%5Bsignature%5D=4a9a2f398c3e4040ec1254172c01a0c0&security%5Btout_uid%5D=eoho53&security%5Bwidget_uid%5D=55e0f9#tout_widget_55e0f9


A Day in the Life: Director of Sports Facilities

Ray Williams is the Director of Sports Facilities for Erie Events, managing Erie Insurance Arena and Jerry Uht Park. He doesn’t spend much time behind a desk, he’s always on the move, working while walking and making sure everything in each facility is ready for the next event, such as TSO. He writes about “a day in the life” of his job:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra played for a sell-out crowd on November 14th.  While the fans of this band get to come in an hour before the show starts, the preparations for this concert started in the middle of July.

The promoter of the show sent a request for how they want the building to be scaled, or how many seats will be available at certain prices and where those seats will be located.  Those notes were reviewed and drawn into AutoCAD.  This allows us to give the promoter a visual representation of how the building will potentially be scaled, while giving the promoter and the show a chance for approval before we put the show on-sale to the public.  This first run through of ticketing set-up doesn’t usually have any production information available.  The standard practice is to place holds on seats to not sell until we have a more complete picture of how the building will look on show day.  Once those production requirements are known, we can release additional seating after the on-sale even if the show is initially sold out.

For this show we got the production information in mid-August, this included what the stage will look like (dimensions, height etc.), what areas of seating need to be killed because of pyrotechnics or where seats won’t be sold due to poor sightlines.  We then update our CAD file and send it out again to get an approval from the show and promoter that both ticket, and production requirements are met.  Once the show approves the maps, communication typically lags until about a month before the show.  Some promoters will wait until about two weeks out since they have multiple shows each week with different acts.  At this time we will be given the tour requirements, the labor call and what times are for that labor to report, if furniture is needed for dressing rooms, the number of forklifts, the amount of gas that they will need for pyro, how many runners will be needed and if they need vans or can drive their personal vehicles.  All of this is just the work we do before the show arrives at the building to put on a show.

A Day in the Life: Erie Events Executive Director Talks about the Bayfront Place Walkway

From the desk of Casey Wells, Erie Events Executive Director:

The City of Erie Zoning Hearing Board rightly affirmed the determination of the City Zoning Officer on the Erie County Convention Center Authority’s (ECCCA) Bayfront Place design as fully compliant with all waterfront zoning regulations.  The ECCCA provided an uninterrupted 1100’ long, 12-14’ wide asphalt pathway for the entire length of the property.  This alone, satisfies zoning requirements.

To further enhance the walkway, the ECCCA built a second walkway, nearer to the waters edge, ranging from 6’ to 30’ in width constructed of scribed concrete, imbedded stones and decorative concrete pavers.  An assortment of ornamental grasses, lilies and other plantings separate the two pathways.  This allows for a soft buffer in between those enjoying more active recreational pursuits and those interested in more passive use. The smaller pathway intentionally does not extend to the top of the sea wall in all locations which eliminates the need for a 42” safety railing.  This allows visitors to enjoy the view of Erie’s magnificent Presque Isle Bay without obstructions.  Park benches, trash cans, pet potty stations, fishing pods and safety ladders are also available to better meet the needs of citizens visiting the waterfront.  Finally, the ECCCA also included a 20 foot swath of turf grass and trees to complete a richly designed waterfront parkway.

Although the property provides areas for fishing, it is not only for fisherman.  It is a waterfront parkway that encourages both active and passive recreational uses for all the residents of our region, including fisherman, runners, walkers, bicyclists and those who simply want to sit on a bench and enjoy an unobstructed sunset over our beautiful waterfront.

It is now open to the public, but only accessible from the western entrance due to construction activities near the Convention Center.  I hope you are able to visit and trust you will enjoy your new waterfront parkway.

Ring in the New Year at the Bayfront Convention Center!

If you’re making plans to ring in 2015, why not book the Bayfront Convention Center’s New Year celebration?

Boogie on the Bay tickets will go on sale Monday, December 1st. Single tickets are $45 each, or you can get a Sheraton Hotel package for $199.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 814-452-4857.

We are excited to welcome The Chozen Few Band! Visit their web site at http://thechozenfewband.com/

We will have more information on this fun night in the upcoming days and weeks ahead!

Unique Holiday Shopping Experience at Warner Theatre

What better way to prepare for the holidays than the Warner Winter Wonderland Art and Craft Show?

For the last 17 years, the art and craft show has taken place on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars now for Saturday, November 29th from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, November 30 from noon to 4pm to attend the event.

The one-of-a-kind craft show takes place inside the historic Warner Theatre located on State Street between 8th and 9th Streets. The craft show items are set up throughout the entire theatre, including the main lobby, balcony, stage and new addition.

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Stop by for a unique holiday shopping experience, including more than 50 crafters, guided theatre tours, a Chinese auction, pictures with Santa, refreshments and free parking.

Some items that you’ll be able to find at the event include Old World ceramic Santas, American Girl/Barbie/Monster High doll clothes, silver Phoenix jewelry, copper wall art, corian cutting boars, polymer clay ornaments, hand-painted mirrors & glass, tri-metal jewelry, wildlife art, wooden walking sticks & bird houses, Swarovski crystal jewelry, dog items, handmade stamped cards, soaps, florals, cross-stitch, fleece, baby items and much, much more!

There’s no better way to celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 29th than visiting the Warner Winter Wonderland Art and Craft Show.

Tickets are $3.00 for adults/senior citizens, $2.00 for children and 12 and under are free. If you bring a canned food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank, you’ll save $1.00 on admission. We hope to see you there!

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Snowtown Throwdown Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the first Snowtown Throwdown hockey series between Mercyhurst University and The Ohio State University are now on sale. The two-game series is scheduled for January 2nd and 3rd at Erie Insurance Arena. Game time on January 2nd is set for 7:05pm and on January 3rd at 2:35pm, followed by an Erie Otters game at 7pm. Tickets for the Snowtown Throwdown game are $15.00 for adults and are $10.00 for seniors and children. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.erieevents.com. More information on the game can be found at: http://hurstathletics.com/news/2014/10/28/MHOCK_1028142450.aspx.

Familiar Face at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel Named Executive Chef

Kristian Young has called a handful of cities home. His journey has brought him across the country, landing in Erie as the Executive Chef for the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. He’s lived in Chicago, Oregon, Los Angeles and Scottsdale. Young says he’s now grown his own roots in the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania and doesn’t seem himself leaving anytime soon. The Bayfront Grille isn’t the first Erie restaurant he’s worked in though. Young started his career in Erie as a Sous Chef at the Avalon Hotel, then moved to the Erie Club as a Sous Chef and most recently working at the Sheraton as a Sous Chef since 2011.

His talents are staying at the Sheraton Bayfront Grille, but will be used in a new capacity as the Executive Chef. He learned his craft at Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, remembering the sweltering heat while cooking during the summer months. Young now has four seasons to craft a menu around — summer, fall, winter and spring — each giving him the chance to show his creative side. “French Continental Fusion — French paired with American is my favorite to cook,” he says. Young’s unique style in the kitchen comes from his time spent in nearly every region of the U.S. That, he says, allows him to bring national and international influences into his recipes at Erie’s magnificent waterfront restaurant. During his time as a Sous Chef at the Sheraton, the Bayfront Grille was awarded the #1 status within the Sheraton brand for the last two years.

“It would be foolish not to want to be [the Executive Chef],” Young said. “It’s one of the premier restaurant in the region and that’s why I want to be here.” It’s now up to Young to prove himself within the company and the region — a goal he says comes with his new title.

Young’s first day in his new role will be November 22nd. He wants Erie residents who have yet to dine at the restaurant to stop in, reminding everyone that although the restaurant is located in a hotel, it’s not just for guests to enjoy. Young compares it to other local restaurants in the same price range saying, “You can go elsewhere, but you’ll only leave here full and satisfied.”

Restaurant hours are Monday through Saturday 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM; Sunday 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM with hours extended Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Erie Philharmonic Hosts Thousands of Students at Warner Theatre for Youth Concerts

It was nearly a full house at the Warner Theatre this morning as thousands of students from Erie and Crawford counties enjoyed a performance by the Erie Philharmonic.


This year’s theme is an introduction to the orchestra with Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Deven Shah, 13, will perform a piano concerto. Shah plays viola with the Erie Jr. Philharmonic.

Two groups shuffled into the Warner; one group of around 2,500 students in grades two through eight and another around 1,200 students. The field trip performance to the Phil concert has been ongoing for more than 20 years. Conductor Daniel Myer explains the instruments and music groups to the students, and then puts the orchestra back together for a breathtaking performance. It’s part of the organization’s education services provided to the community.

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For some students, it’s the only opportunity they’ll have to see an orchestra like the Phil perform right before their eyes. It’s a tradition that students look forward to year after year.

Mark Your Calendars 11/10/14 – 11/16/14

Another week is upon us at Erie Events and we’ve got a jam packed schedule. If you’re bored this Monday morning and you’re looking to fill your schedule with excitement, we’ve got you covered.

The Erie Otters are on home ice Tuesday, November 11th for a 5:30pm game. They play Mississauga Steelheads at Erie Insurance Arena. They’re coming off a win from over the weekend against the Saginaw Spirit. Get your tickets ahead of time by visiting http://www.erieevents.com or call the box office at 452-4857.


The Bayfront Convention Center is playing host to the Global Summit’s event Tuesday night featuring former First Lady’s Laura Bush and Michele Ridge. For information on that event, call 459-8000.

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The highly anticipated “The Live Debut of the Christmas Attic” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will rock Erie Insurance Arena in front of a sold out crowd Friday evening.

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Saturday, November 15th is a full day for Erie Events. If you’re looking for a free event, check out the PA State Yo-Yo Contest from 10am to 5pm at the Bayfront Convention Center. There’s also Christmas in the Country at the Bayfront Convention Center from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday ($6.00 adults/kids 12 & under free.) Then you can head down to Erie Insurance Arena and watch the Erie Otters take on the Kitchener Rangers at 7pm. Tickets for that game can also be purchased ahead of time on our website.


If you’re looking for something other than hockey on Saturday night, the Erie Philharmonic will perform at the Warner Theatre “Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with Christopher Rose, Percussion” for an 8pm show. Tickets and more information on that show can be found at http://www.eriephil.org.

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We wrap up the weekend Sunday night with the one and only Bill Cosby at the Warner Theatre. One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time will take the stage at 7pm. Get your tickets online at http://www.erieevents.com.