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Banquet Halls Bounce Back After Blizzard

chez jAGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB)–What happens when you’ve booked a sold out show, but you’re snowed in?

Gregory Lindenmuth, a partner at the Crestview Country Club found out when last Saturday’s blizzard hit “We had a very large event planned. It was a Beatles tribute band, it was approximately 300 people, we were sold out, and with that, even in advance, it is the northeast we planned for a snow date, a contingency date, just in case there was an event like this coming,” Lindenmuth said.

Juggling an event of that magnitude can be difficult, and once the show was cancelled, they had to be sure that every last guest was aware of it. Crestview announced it on their Facebook page, then emailed and called all 300 guests.

As a New England business owner, Lindenmuth says the weather is just a hurdle you have to be ready for. “There’s always that challenge. You just always have to keep in mind the unpredictability of the weather, and set up what’s your alternative plans going to be.”

At Chez Josef, they had a similar problem where they had to cancel several banquet dinners because of the storm, but they were prepared. “About halfway through the week we started tracking the storm and its path, and getting prepared, talking with our clients and customers as far as rescheduling events,” stated Robin Wozniak, Chez Jozef’s Marketing & Sales Director.

Wozniak says that having more than one ballroom at Chez Josef makes it easier for them to play catch up. “Getting back on track has been a busy week, rescheduling all the events, talking with the managers, the chefs, and the setup crew, getting things restructured, but that’s the price you pay living in New England,” she laughed.

Chez Josef was able to hold some of their cancelled events last Sunday, and will have some more later on tonight.

As for the Beatles show, it was rescheduled for the 22nd.

Ticket holders were given the option to get a refund or see a comedy show, but the Beatles tribute is still sold out.

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