Quiviran running for State office worries about Kansas’ deteriorating financial situation

It’s been 39 years since Cindy and I moved to Lake Quivira, and we still agree that it was the best decision we ever made. The gradual improvements to our infrastructure—roads, golf course, tennis courts, clubhouse, parks, etc.—and modest accompanying dues increases are a constant reminder that we live in paradise.
In any other context we would refer to these resident services as “public services” and market them to attract not only residents, but also businesses and jobs. Without a commercial district, however, we must look to others for the businesses component. Quivira may be paradise, but it’s clearly not an island.
We depend upon on our surrounding communities—neighboring cities, Johnson County, the State of Kansas—for their amenities, as well as the tools they use to attract businesses. Johnson County has been particularly successful in this endeavor, leveraging its nationally ranked schools, parks, libraries and community college to attract both residents and businesses. Its business success is evident in that over 30,000 more people commute into Johnson County to work each day than leave the county!
The State of Kansas is also relevant in this conversation because it controls classroom funding for education, infrastructure and various business incentives, all critical elements in the region’s economic development. Most of us intuitively know about the importance of education and infrastructure because that’s the reason we moved here. The problem is, Kansas’ unprecedented tax experiment has starved the state of money for many of these services.
Last year’s tax collections were down over $700 million—$330 million worse than predicted—from the prior year. The revenue loss exceeded the three worst years of the Great Recession combined and left the budget out of balance. With the state’s reserves rapidly falling and no more money available in the transportation budget or the tobacco settlement fund, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s downgraded Kansas’ credit rating.
Education, once the centerpiece of Kansas’s strengths, is now weakened with larger class sizes, less teacher training and declining test scores. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kansas classroom spending on education is down $950/student in inflation adjusted dollars since the 2008 Great Recession. Only two states are lower—Alabama and Wisconsin—while fifteen states have actually increased funding. Without our excellent schools, many of us might never have moved to Quivira, Johnson County or even Kansas!
Because I’m concerned about this turn of events, I’m running for State Representative. Every year when I lead the New Mexico Economic Development Course—one of 19 introductory courses sanctioned by the International Economic Development Council—guest lecturers join me in reminding students that education and infrastructure are the pillars of business locations and job creation. This also helps explain why KC BizPAC—the Political Action Committee of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City—is supporting my campaign.
Our complicated and layered structure of governments allows no single entity to be an island, not even Quivira. That’s why this election is critical to turning around our state’s deteriorating financial situation before it permanently damages the key drivers of our regional success.
~Larry Meeker

Editor clarifies practices concerning letters to the editor and editorials

As a point of clarification, the Police Report is forwarded to me each month by the Chief of Police, and I print it, unedited, except for formatting. The same goes for the Mayor’s Report.
Likewise, I print the Board Summary, the President’s Report, information from the Clubhouse and chef, and any and all other Q. Inc., Board of Directors and Board committee announcements, unedited, in accordance with my contract with the Board. This unedited material from the City and Q. Inc. is usually found within pages 2 through 7 in each Quiviran.
I do, however, try to attend Board of Directors and City Council meetings. If I believe the reports I receive from these groups are misleading or fail to provide adequate information, that’s when I exercise my prerogative of writing an editorial elsewhere in the paper.
I welcome signed letters to the editor. In my tenure as editor, I have not refused to print any letter, although I have sometimes suggested clarification on points I couldn’t understand. I draw the line at profanity, obvious untruths or libelous statements.
Commentary and dialogue legitimize The Quiviran as a community newspaper. Otherwise it’s just a marketing piece for a one sided conversation–something that could be handled as well with emails from Q, Inc. and the City.
~Leanna Walters, Editor, The Quiviran

Elected officials diminished by ridicule, says this Quiviran

Between naps I thought I would respond to one of last month’s Letters to the Editor. I believe The Quiviran has adopted a very sympathetic policy of not printing the results of the City Municipal Court actions, even though they really are a matter of public record, ostensibly to not offend and embarrass involved residents. However, last month the editor had no problem printing a letter that collectively diminished the elected members of the Quivira Board of Directors and individually ridiculed the board president. I don’t get it! Publishing constructive criticism and differing ideas in a neighborhood newspaper is one thing. Personal attacks that diminish and ridicule individuals and/or groups quite another.
Entirely inappropriate letters of this type hurt people individually and the community collectively. They not only present a very poor image of our town for outsiders, internally they create a toxic atmosphere to polarize and divide our community. It is not a surprise the annual quest to find candidates to run for the board of directors is difficult; who needs that type of negative recognition for doing a volunteer job?
If this unfortunate letter is the new standard for The Quiviran, I could have helped lower the bar even more had I written down and forwarded my first thoughts. In the past I’ve supported both editor and letter writer and hope this is merely a singular misstep on their part.
Sleepy time now,
~Eric R. Johnson

Personal attacks could kill Spirit of Quivira, says a resident

We’re concerned!
All of us live at Lake Quivira for a reason.  For some, it’s the lake, or the golf course, or the people, or the security.  Maybe it’s all these things plus the overall unique beauty of our community.  Whatever anyone’s individual reason(s), we’re pretty sure we all want what’s best for Quivira.  Granted, we may differ in what’s “best,” but the spirit of Quivira has always been evidenced by the amount of time our friends and neighbors volunteer to make our community better.
So why are we concerned?  It’s because of the recent and very personal attacks on those who volunteer their time to our community. It’s quite one thing to voice your dissenting opinion in an informed and logical manner, like the Pribyl’s did so effectively in last month’s Quiviran. But it’s quite another to personally attack those volunteers who you disagree with.
The passion people have for this place is evidenced by the enormous amount of time and energy they donate to serve us. But why would anyone volunteer that time if their reward is to be personally attacked by those with a different opinion? We will kill the spirit of Quivira here if those attacks continue.
And that’s why we are concerned. If you share this concern, please let your opinion be heard.
~Tom J and Beth Hall

From the Chef’s table. . .

By Michael Lamping, Q Inc. Executive Chef

One year. It’s hard to believe I am approaching my first anniversary as Lake Quivira’s Executive Chef. I remember my curiosity of just who the members were was quite elevated soon after my arrival last October. On occasion, I’d take a few moments for myself and escape the hustle and bustle of my kitchen (believe it or not, I find this humming noise soothing to my ears), to gather my thoughts. I would go to an empty Lake View Terrace and staring at the lake, I’d look for cooking inspirations. I got to witness the ever-changing landscape of the shores with a majestic fall and then the quiet stillness of winter. Not long after that, spring hit and the new growth exploded and with that came the unexpected (yet welcome) surprise of just how busy the clubhouse can get with banquets and a membership – not shy to take full advantage of their clubhouse through summer. So here I sit with my laptop, anxiously awaiting for the leaves to change, now understanding much more than when I arrived, just how special of a place you all have here at Lake Quivira!
As you check off your to-do list, (Royals PLAYOFF tickets; Chief’s Tailgating; Sporting KC; etc.), please still find every reason to continue to use the clubhouse through this very beautiful time of the year! The House Committee and management team is providing every reason to make us the number one destination for your entertainment needs (less sports, of course.) We are now open for breakfast service 9 a.m. every Saturday! With our new kitchen equipment, we will be narrowing our focus to cook your eggs eggs-perfectly! We are bringing back Sunday Brunch the 3rd Sunday of each month. Our new fall `a la carte menus rolled out flawlessly, and we will continue to keep our Thursday Fried Chicken and Sunday Night Terrace Chalk Board Buffet going as well! (Although, I’m thinking of shifting this to a “Themed” Sunday Night Buffet as the weather changes and forces us indoors.) This is just getting us started! The House Committee has scheduled a Murder-Mystery Dinner right here at your clubhouse. A team of “cluefull” actors (or clueless) will entertain you while my kitchen produces (with some play on words) Bloody Bones and perhaps a Mystery Meat (No Spam here!). This should be a very fun event on Friday, October 24! AND drum roll please. . . the excitement of some of your House Committee Chairs has convinced me that it is time to roll out a TACO TUESDAY here at Lake Quivira! The last food-related note is that I am beginning to look at creating a menu for the New Year’s Eve Gala. I’m not sure how many tables Shannon has reserved, but I do know this will be another big event, and if you have not reserved your table ($1,000 per table of 10), you run the risk of missing one of the top five events hosted here at 100 Crescent Boulevard.
I try to keep you abreast of what is happening with my culinary team and I’d be remiss if I did not share some really great news. Executive Sous Chef, Kameron Burrack, through a program called Ment’or, was selected as a finalist to compete in Miami, Florida, this November to possibly represent the US in the Bocuse d’Or World Competition. He will be judged by a panel of Chef Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse to determine if he is selected for Team USA under the category of  Young Chefs under 27 years of age. If you would like to learn more, go towww.mentorbkb.org. Congratulations, Kameron.
I’ve enjoyed my summer, and while focusing on a beautiful fall, I will also be preparing for winter and spring. And, I look forward to seeing you at the club!
~Chef Michael

Board to meet on October 13 at 7 p.m.

The next meeting of the
Q, Inc. Board of Directors
is Monday, October 13

Limited Membership Promotion

President’s Report – October 2014

By Kent Best, President, Q Inc. Board of Directors

Greetings:
Sometimes you have to get out your favorite atlas or your latest GPS “app” to find the high road. It is not difficult to find the high road if your glass is half full or you know the integrity of the people you are working with. Once you know who you are dealing with and they have shown their true colors, it’s very easy to focus on the challenge.
Two and one half years ago, we put up two street mirrors in front of the general meeting for all of our members to be able to view the whole audience. At that time I gently referenced that the largest challenge before Lake Quivira was us working with us. As we are watching the various strategic planning meetings being put on, exactly what the committee never wanted to have happen was have groups that had already made up their minds about a “concept.”
My message was that “we can do anything here if we put our minds to it.” We can maintain much of the traditional things that make Lake Quivira, Lake Quivira. However, it was stated clearly that we had a great deal of updating to do in the very near future. Mostly I referred to infrastructure, furnishings and in general “some sprucing up.”
Mr. Fred Braun brought to the current strategic planning committee’s attention, his drawings and suggestions of a strategic plan made up in 1967. In some cases we are so vibrant in our thoughts, aspirations and what we could become, and then ten minutes later dark clouds roll over the top of us. Really?
When Gayle and I were introduced to Lake Quivira and its’ book of rules and regulations, one of the first things to catch our eyes was the “Core Values” Statement. We couldn’t have applauded more the vision and the statements made by an entire community as their mission statement, so to speak. Mind you, we were brand new, we had lived in the country and the city and we thought we had found that resort next door.
After many board of director meetings, committee meetings and I don’t have any idea how many “hey do you have a minute meetings,” I think it is very apparent there is some confusion about one of the core values. The one I have a different impression of is “affordable.”
Directly or indirectly there is a great deal of pressure placed upon board members to operate in a frugality position that quite frankly is unrealistic. I have no idea how many times I have been reminded about the “Quivira Way!”
It is one thing to be frugal, it’s quite a different thing to continue to kick the can down the road and hide from reality. At some time we wake up behind the eight ball. In the last twelve months I referred to the “T in the Road!” That is what the GA Robbans Capital Asset Study (completed September 2013) has provided for us. Next month, Finance Committee Chairman Dave Starr, the Finance Committee members, foundation member Patrick Pribyl and myself will hold a town hall type meeting to go over the highlights of the Robbans study, along with reviewing a financial document as a result of the study covering year by year financial implications in replacing or maintaining our EXISTING assets and infrastructure. We will discuss any options the community would like to question or talk about.
Knowing what I thought I knew about the report when we received the 462 pages, it made me sick to my stomach. Why? Because I was keenly aware of how much discussion and consternation goes into all of the board meetings based around the budgeting process, the topic of a dues increase or not, and the fact that I could see the cash flow, various reserve numbers and the profit and loss numbers.
I am not an accountant. But I knew this was not adding up when Q, Inc. was expected to function one way, while many times having an unrealistic method to ever get ahead of the challenges. Do any of you have any idea how many times I have been reminded in meetings we have NEVER had an assessment? I recall one of the meetings vividly where the Board of Directors had a knock-down drag-out over an $8 per month dues increase that did not pass through the Board vote. This is where frugal, affordable and realistic can get confusing.
I want to acknowledge Dave Starr for the many hours of “hard headed arithmetic” (his terminology, not mine) and Patrick Pribyl for his help in massaging the Capital Asset Study numbers. I am very confident we have arrived at minimum, some common sense numbers which will make sense to our members. We request the community to turn out for this meeting.
Last, but not least, in this letter, I would like to say I think it is selfish for Lake Quivira to not find a “plan” amongst all the property we own, where we can’t find a place for 16-24 patio homes that allow for current members a place to live that is relatively maintenance free. These are foundation members who can afford to stay here, pay dues, remain with many of their friends and/or family, and just want to maintain their resort style of life. This is not an outrageous thought.
“They smile in your face;
All the time they want to take your place. . . “
~The O’Jays,1972

See you around the Lake.Please wave.

A Summary of the September 23, 2014 Board Meeting

The Board of Directors for Quivira, Inc. met on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  The following is a summary of the discussion and actions discussed at the Board Meeting:
Eric Johnson, Vice-President of the Board, directed the meeting in the absence of Kent Best, the Board President. Mr. Johnson began the Board meeting by introducing Attorney, Kelly Dunn Walters, who attended to inform and update the members on any questions they might have had pertaining to the laws and regulations for the state of Kansas on the recent personal property taxation.
Ms. Walters stated all Real Property, anything tangible, stocks, bonds, and investments are liable to taxation. Ms. Walters also informed the members that all who reside at Lake Quivira, rather current or prior, will be taxed according to the real property that was or is owned by each member for the last three years. Several members felt as though this sudden taxation on everyone at Lake Quivira was discrimination and feel the Board should hire an attorney as an entity and not just for Quivira, Inc. Other members were upset they have singled out Lake Quivira members and residents, making them pay current and back taxes when other country clubs and lakes are not being taxed. Some members even believe that the county should be liable for the taxes they are being penalized on each member.
Members addressed Ms. Walters as to what the ramifications would be if they do not pay the penalties and taxes which have been assessed. Ms. Walters informed the members the penalty for not paying one’s taxes would be the issuance of a warrant filed by the county. Kansas requires all members, in Johnson County and Wyandotte County to file all property owned. Ms. Walters also stated any and all penalties assessed will be at the discretion of the county.  Those members who are being penalized for not filing and oppos these taxations have every right to fill out the necessary forms to request an appeal.
On another issue, Lake Quivira members requested an update on the search for the new General Manager.  Several members showed up stating that they are fed up with not having a new General Manager, and with the lack of communication over the last several months from the Board. They also felt the letter sent out in the black boxes was lacking information and are pleading with the Board to provide answers.
Other members believe finding a new General Manager is not a rush process and needs to be handled slowly. The hiring process needs to start by determining what it takes to be a great General Manager who can handle the pressures and tasks, while keeping Lake Quivira in their best interest. Those members also think taking the approach very slowly is a great business tactic. One member stated all LQ members should want someone who can handle all aspects, of every area when it comes to running our Country Club and realize that it takes time to find the person who can fulfill the requirements for the new General Manager. The new GM needs to be able to keep the best interest in mind for our members.
New Business
Eric Johnson suggested there needs to be a Resolution from the Board of Directors of Quivira, Inc. authorizing the transaction of sale for the lot on 213 Apache Trail West. Warren McCamish moved for approval to submit a Resolution from the Board of Directors authorizing the sale for 213 Apache Trial West. Steve Terbovich seconded the motion.  All were in favor, and the motion passed unanimously.
Ron Chapman stated he had a few items he would like to add as new business.
Mr. Chapman made a motion to the Board that due to the lack of information received on the search for a new General Manager, he would like to relieve Kent Best from the position of acting General Manager. Mr. Brennan stated he is just as concerned as the members on the search for a new General Manager. Chuck White seconded the motion. Martha Voight and Ed Brennan approved the motion. Steve Terbovich, Warren McCamish, and Eric Johnson opposed the motion. Kent Best, Ed Markley and Dave Starr were travelling and not present at the meeting.  The motion passed four to three.
Mr. Chapman also made a motion to discontinue the current search committee due to never being approved by the board and would like to have the current Board of Directors be approved as the new search committee, along with any outsider they approve to bring in on the search. Chuck White seconded the motion. All present were in favor of the motion except Warren McCamish who opposed the motion. The motion passed.
Ron Chapman also made a motion that until a new General Manager is hired, he would like to see the Board meet two times a month; the second Monday of the month and the fourth Tuesday of the month, with a public notice of ten days in advance. Chuck White seconded the motion. All present were in favor of the motion except Steve Terbovich and Martha Voight. The motion passed.
August Financial Report and Finance Committee
Martha Voight stated the Financials for August looked very good. Our financial are $140,000 from January to August, and the Clubhouse financials were up at $38,000 due mostly to banquets. The Pro Shop is down just a little. The Financial Committee is currently in the process of budgeting for 2015.
Golf Committee

Warren McCamish stated over the last month they have performed numerous routine maintenance on the Greens, including mowing, rolling, top dressing, spiking and verti-cutting.  The fairways have had an application of products applied to control the Bermuda grass. The Roughs have had their second application to control the Bermuda grass that has infested them.  They have checked the Bunkers twice over the past month, checking the depths and adding sand where needed. Mr. McCamish also reported a late August heat wave affected play, but overall, golf activity for the month was on forecast with 2,775 rounds. Revenues of $16,050 were just slightly under budget.
Lake and Residential Committee
Ron Chapman reported there have been two to three Oak trees cut down behind the stables. Mr. Chapman also reported there were two dock site improvements which passed at the last Lake and Residential meeting. Mr. Chapman also mentioned Terry Barnett brought up that the issue of the wording on the rules of trading dock sites is written to say you cannot trade sites if a contract is written for the sale of your house. Mr. Barnett would like it changed to say you can’t trade sites if your house is under contract for sale. Mr. Barnett will bring to the committee the exact wording of how he would like the rule to read.
House Committee
Steve Terbovich announced there will be a Mystery Murder event held in the Ball Room. It will consist of four actors coming in to act out the murder at this event. Mr. Terbovich also stated the event will cost $50 per person, which will include dinner and the play. Steve Terbovich also moved the Board approve one night exception of cigar smoking and scotch tasting on the patio. Chuck White seconded the motion and all were in favor. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Terbovich also updated the Board that all of the new kitchen equipment was in except the new grill and it should be in by September 24. Mr. Terbovich also stated the Clubhouse will be starting a Friday and Saturday breakfast menu for the patio.
Finally, Mr. Terbovich mentioned Lee Jeans is having their 125th Anniversary on Tuesday, October 21, and the Clubhouse would like to showcase it.
Restrictions Committee
Chuck White reported even though there was no meeting, they still had two approvals the committee voted on and passed. unanimously.
Safety and Security Committee
Ed Brennan mentioned there is an employee who has purchased  ATVs and plans on using them at the lake this winter for snow removal, which would consist of him having employees working for him. Mr. Brennan stated there needs to be special attention brought to this employee that it will not be allowed.
Mr. Brennan also stated that there was a noise ordinance which was brought up at the last Board meeting, and that the Safety and Security Committee is currently working on a proposal change for the next Board meeting in October.
Associate Member Committee
Ron Chapman reported there needs to be a place to dock boats for Social members. Mr. Chapman stated it would be a big plus if we had a marina. Eric Johnson mentioned the lake used to have one about 50 years ago, and there is concern on the liability of having one.
Strategic Planning Committee
Warren McCamish stated he has attended seven to eight Strategic Plan meetings to date and he is having members sign in to keep track of all who have attended. Mr. McCamish mentioned he has had tremendous feedback from members who have attended the meetings. Mr. McCamish stated that he has two more meetings scheduled for the month of September. Mr. McCamish encouraged everyone to schedule a meeting for a more rigorous discussion of the Strategic Plan. Mr. McCamish stated all input is valuable to the structure and planning of the Strategic Plan.
Mr. McCamish reported they are getting much closer to finishing up on the GA Robban’s report. The Robban’s report is much closer to specifics of what the community needs. Mr. McCamish claims that once the report is finished, he will get this out to all the members.  At that time, Patrick Pribyl, foundation member, stated that he, Dave Starr and Kent Best had reviewed in detail the Capital Reserve report funding requirements and had had further massaged the data for further review.
Marketing and Membership
Eric Johnson opened with an update that the current membership special will be ending September 30.  Mr. Johnson made a motion for the external marketing program to maintain the current discounted initiation fee of $1000, with the program limited by the number of open memberships and with an added incentive for a group discount; the initiation fee will be evenly divided among a group application and the initiation fee to be waived completely for a group application of five or more. As before there will be a twelve month membership obligation secured by a credit card as a requirement. Steve Terbovich seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Johnson also made a motion to give a credit to any current foundation or country club member who sponsors a new joining member or group. The sponsor will receive a $1000 credit on their statement once the membership has been finalized. Steve Terbovich seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Johnson also reported Jim Wright did a study on the recent new members from a period of April 1 to present. In compiling the results, Mr. Wright found new members joined due to the following: 21 joined due to friends or family introducing them, 1 joined from seeing the Lake Quivira flyer, 2 grew up her at the lake, 1 was brought in by a realtor, 2 had their weddings here, 1 bought a vacation home and the others had grown up in the surrounding areas.

Summer of weddings at LQ celebrated the unions of 28 couples

Executive Chef Michael Lamping

By Dawn Gabel
Photos by Ron Bower

“This was a busy year,” said Shannon Brown, Catering Sales Manager. “Last year we had sixteen weddings.”
The unusual number of weddings have made an impact on the bottom line for the club and the community. It was reported by the House Committee in September that this year’s income for the Clubhouse was up approximately $300,000 from the previous year. The increase was attributed to the increase in weddings. It was also reported by the Marketing Committee that at least two of Quivira’s new members cited their own weddings at the Clubhouse as reasons they chose to join.
The reason for the increase in wedding bookings at the lake is varied.
“I see many of the people who have children of the right age to get married that live on the lake taking advantage of our venue,” said Executive Chef Michael Lamping, “both on-lake members and off-lake members and their friends. Frequently, bridal couples mention how beautiful it was at the lake while attending other events held during high school years.”
Twenty-eight weddings bring busy days to the staff of the country club.

Catering Sales Manager Shannon Brown

“My typical wedding day starts at 11 a.m. and ends around 8 p.m., said Brown. “After that, I leave it to Richard.” Richard Borchers is the Banquet Manager for events coordinating staff, setup and cleanup. Also, he makes sure the resetting of the facilities for the next event, usually the church services on Sunday morning, is complete before the lights are out the night of the wedding.
Brown loves to take special time with the bride and her family. “I start by setting up the bride and her bridesmaids in the ladies’ locker room area. They have hair and makeup to consider. We also make the conference room available to the family of the bridal party. It is an area they can put their personal items.”
Chef Lamping likes to provide water, tea and snacks in the lower lever for the wedding participants and the immediate family members. “We try to make their stress-filled day as easy as possible,” he said.
A trend for weddings at the lake has been for the actual weddings to be held either in the ballroom or on the patio. “Outdoor weddings are really becoming popular, and we have a lovely backdrop with the lake,” said Brown. But there have been weather issues every so often, she admits, so the ballroom serves as weather backup for the ceremony.
Wind can also cause issues. “After an arch blew over, we now know to have the decorators weight them down,” Brown added with a laugh.
Another trend the brides are choosing is individual plating and not the once-traditional buffet for food service. “This could be because I prefer the plating style, and I may lead them that direction,” said the chef. “But either way, we have had fewer buffets.”
One of the reasons Chef Lamping does not prefer buffets is due to the wait for guests to receive their food. “No matter how you instruct guests to move toward the buffet, there is always a rush that creates a standing-in-line situation,” said Lamping. “The atmosphere of the event, along with the quality of the experience, suffers.”
The facilities can handle up to 360 for a plated meal, but an average wedding at the Clubhouse is approximately 200 guests.
“Space in the kitchen is always a limited,” said Lamping. “We adapt and know what we can prepare ahead and what we cannot due to holding space.”
In mid-September the lake was host to three weddings in one weekend–one each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each evening was a well orchestrated event, following a pre-preparation plan. “We had to be very careful to prepare only what we could use right away, said Lamping. “The normal pre-work could not be stored for Saturday or Sunday because we had Friday–not impossible, just a consideration.”
“It would be difficult to do that every weekend of the summer,” said Brown, “but I would certainly do it again.”
Special food requests this summer included roasting marshmallows fireside and a mashtini bar. A mashtini bar consists of mashed potatoes placed in martini glasses, alongside topping selections that might include cheese, green onion, bacon, etc.
“We try to accommodate requests. The requests make our work interesting, and it is fun to do the unusual every so often,” said Lamping.
Brown noted that another trend in wedding service is mini food stations, a type of informal buffet served at several stations, allowing guests to move about in a cocktail style. “We have not had a lot of requests for this style, but I see that we probably will in the future,” she added.
Will the numbers for next year’s weddings be as high as 2014? Neither Brown nor Lamping would hazard a guess.
“It could be up or down,” said Lamping. “Since this is new for me, I can’t say.”
Brown believes the numbers could be stable at the higher level with some strategic marketing.
“I would like to see us have a presence at the bridal fairs in the area,” she said. “I believe it would allow us the luxury of booking weddings that suit our venue and community.”