A Day in the Life: Warner Theatre Manager Describes Busy December

From the desk of Barry Copple, Warner Theatre operations manager:

Hello Erie,

We are well into fall now and have been very busy here at the Grand Historic Warner Theatre! We saw 17 different events in October and November! December promises to be just as exciting with a very busy and special month because we will host seven Christmas events! Starting November 28th-29th, our own Christmas Winter Wonderland Art and Craft Show, December 1st – The Mannheim Steamroller, December 5th- two performances with the Erie Philharmonic, December 12th-13th – The Amanda Post and Friends Christmas Show, December 14th-15th Cirque Dreams Holidaze, December 19th-20th The Nutcracker, December 22nd, for the first time at the Warner THeatre, country superstar Kenny Rogers brings his Christmas show “Once Again It’s Christmas” concert, and ending on yes, Christmas Eve, December 24th Grace Church will hold services and entertainment at 3:30pm and 6pm. Wow! What a month! With such a wide variety of entertainment, you should have no problem finding something you enjoy!

Being born and raised in Erie, it always amazes me when I meet touring people from all over the country, if not the world, who have such wonderful things to say about this beautiful venue. Working in it every day one tends to take much of it for granted. When I get the opportunity to show people around I hear such fantastic remarks. It gives me a wonderful feeling to hear this about the City I’m from, work in, play in and love! I hope you feel the same. So “Get Up and Go” — come to downtown Erie, check out a show, enjoy what this city has to offer and enjoy yourselves! Have a wonderful holiday season!

We’ll talk again,




A Day in the Life: Arena Concession Operations Manager

From the desk of Beth Wilkinson, the Concession Operations Manager:

Bayhawks Season is upon us…

With hockey up and running, it is now time to add the Bayhawks to the schedule.  Preparation for the Bayhawks games differs from that of the Otters.  The Bayhawks have courtside seating, which means there are seats for patrons along three sides of the court.  These patrons enjoy courtside service.   Erie Insurance Arena servers and runners provide restaurant style service to the patrons, allowing them to not miss one minute of the game. Patrons order from a menu including food and beverages.  The servers do a great job while getting plenty of exercise because of the large area they need to cover. There is also a full service bar, as well as pub tables on the west end of the arena, which is open to all patrons. Best of Luck to the Bayhawks for a great season.

Celtic Women Return to Erie in 2016

DUBLIN, Ireland November 2, 2015 — Multi-platinum Irish music sensation, Celtic Woman, returns to North America in 2016 with a brand new show, Destiny, celebrating the simultaneous release of their new album and DVD, also titled DESTINY. The performances honor Ireland’s past, while bringing a contemporary musical edge to songs old and new in a way that also reflects the vibrant, modern nation that Ireland has become. Celtic Woman kicks off The Destiny Tour on March 4 in Nashville with performances lined up in 85 cities thru early July including a stop at the Warner Theatre on June 26, 2016. Tickets go on sale November 16, 2015 at 10:00am and can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, www.erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857.

Celtic Woman’s new studio album DESTINY and companion DVD DESTINY – – Live in Concert will be available in stores January 15, 2016. The DVD was filmed in Dublin, Ireland at The Round Room at The Mansion House, the historic home of The Lord Mayor of Dublin and will begin airing in December on Public Television stations across the U.S. Watch trailer here.

Amazon is offering exclusive ticket presale access for Celtic Woman: The Destiny Tour with the pre-order purchase of DESTINY CD, DVD or BluRay November 2 through November 15. Visit Amazon for more details.

The heart of Ireland beats strongly throughout The Destiny Tour, which features an entirely new production with many songs from the forthcoming DESTINY CD/ DVD.   As the country commemorates the events of 100 years ago that led to the nation’s independence, Celtic Woman offers a rousing version of “Óró sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,” an anthem closely connected with the 1916 uprising. The all female ensemble also delivers other timeless traditional Irish songs such as “Bean Pháidín” and “Siúil A Run” highlighting the beauty of Ireland’s heritage and its Gaelic language. Alongside newer songs such as “Walk Beside Me” and “The Whole Of The Moon,” the show also features reimagined renditions of audience favorites “Amazing Grace” and “You Raise Me Up.”

Named Billboard Magazine’s #1 World Albums Artist Six Times, Celtic Woman showcases three world class vocalists Mairéad Carlin, Susan McFadden and newest member Éabha McMahon and brilliant Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skills and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.

Currently, Celtic Woman is finishing up its 10th Anniversary World Tour, celebrating a decade of music and dance from the Emerald Isles.  The busy group wraps up 2015 with a November series in the United Kingdom followed by its fifth annual Christmas holiday tour accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.

Celtic Woman made its debut on PBS in 2005 and achieved massive success encompassing nine albums and eight DVDs which sold over nine million copies worldwide and reached platinum-level sales in nine countries. In the U.S., every Celtic Woman album including 2013’s Emerald Musical Gems – debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s World Album chart.  As a touring powerhouse, the group has performed for over three million fans on six continents in 23 countries.

Join Celtic Woman on the next chapter of their musical journey – a true destiny to be shared by all!.

For complete tour schedule and ticket information, visit www.CelticWoman.com

A Warner Theatre Wedding

From the desk of Brighid O’Brien — the Executive Assistant and Premium Services Coordinator:

Have you ever wondered if you can get married at the Warner Theatre? The answer is yes! The Warner has been host to numerous weddings, ceremonies and receptions.

The Grand Lobby of the Warner Theatre can be rented for ceremonies, receptions or ceremonies and receptions. If you are interested in having your wedding, reception or both at the Warner, there are a few things you should know.

Dates for June, July and August can be confirmed a year in advance. Dates throughout the other nine months can only be confirmed 90 days in advance. We understand 90 days doesn’t leave a lot of time for planning, but the reason for this booking policy is because the Warner Theatre is a performing arts theatre. The months other than June, July and August are dates used by our tenants (the Erie Philharmonic, the Broadway in Erie Series and the Lake Erie Ballet) and scheduled events as well as various touring shows and artists.

Please feel free to contact Brighid if you have questions or are interested in reserving a date! (brighid@erieevents.com or 814-480-6035)


A Day in the Life: BCC Event Coordinator

From the desk of Rachel Libra, Event Coordinator at the Bayfront Convention Center: One of the most rewarding benefits I have found by being an Event Coordinator is it allows me to work with a diverse group of people each and every day. The events I get to detail and coordinate vary from small corporate meetings, military balls, banquets, weddings and of course, conventions. I have had the opportunity to work on a few large conventions just during the last couple of months: Kiwanis International Convention, AFSCME District Council 85 Leadership Convention and the American Short Line and Railroad Association Eastern Region Convention.

One of the most important things one must keep in mind when presented with these conventions is that it’s important to be organized and extremely detailed when gathering information from the client. Conventions typically entail multiple breakout rooms, organized meals and banquets that often times have hundreds upon hundreds of guests. I am then faced with the responsibility to work with each group to gather all information, including but not limited to: room set-up, audio visual equipment, food and beverage needs, room diagrams and lastly, to make sure all aspects of the event are executed smoothly and on time.

With that being said, the functionality of these conventions would certainly not be as successful without the added support of our food and beverage and operation teams. Often times, although we put an immense amount of effort into all of the planning that goes into these conventions, some changes are unavoidable. Throughout the years, we have prided ourselves on being flexible and accommodating to all of our clients, including flipping entire rooms the day of an invent. We all work in conjunction to ensure the room set-ups and service exceed the client’s expectations in every way possible.

For years, Erie has been working to bring more diversity to the area and this is precisely what the Convention Center has allowed the community to do. Most groups we service here have brought hundreds of people to the ERie are and exposed them to the true beauty Erie has to offer. AS the 2015 year comes to a close, I am mostly looking forward to the new endeavors I will be exposed to as we begin the new year!