Meet our Event & Banquet Facility Manager, Kristen Michaels!

“I began working events in college as a banquet server. I love being behind the scenes at events and getting to watch people having fun, dancing, catching up, enjoying delicious food, and helping to make it all happen. I enjoy it much more than attending events as a guest! People always assume that event planners are “party people” but I’m actually more of an introvert. Being the guest of honor at a party is my worst nightmare – I like taking it all in from the back of the room!

I have been planning events for over 10 years including galas, weddings, fundraisers, and performances. I worked in regional theatre for over 6 years, which provided a unique opportunity to work with many incredibly talented artists and production professionals. I learned so much about taking events to the next level and creating a full-scale production (and all on a non-profit budget!) It required a lot of organization, resourcefulness, and creativity. But it is so rewarding to see the enjoyment on guests’ faces when it all comes together!

As the Event & Banquet Facility Manager for the Glastonbury Boathouse, I am the point person for booking and scheduling events, coordinating logistics and floorplans with vendors, and providing instruction for the day-of-event supervisor. Whether you’re looking for an elaborate, customized event, or something sweet and simple, I’ll help guide you through the process with recommendations of how to make your vision a reality.
I have lived in the Hartford area my whole life, and am so excited to have this beautiful new park and venue so close by. You will often see me here outside of work hours, visiting the playground with my sons or just walking around the park. My schedule can be a little unpredictable as I often have after-hours events and appointments (and again, kids!), but I usually try to respond to all calls and emails within 24 hours (or by Monday, for weekend correspondence), and do my best to accommodate tour requests. I enjoy speaking with anyone who wants to learn more about booking an event at the Boathouse, and I look forward to hosting many events in this beautiful venue!”  – Kristen Michaels


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