1 Our office clerestory went through another major transformation - this time for our annual American Made Summit. About 500-guests are expected to fill our space during the event.
2 Temporary carpeting was laid down, and rows of chairs were set up for the hundreds of guests expected to attend the panel discussions.
3 Each chair was counted and labeled for every honoree and speaker, and each chair was placed strategically, so every guest could see the stage.
4 Jackie Landaeta and Kate Lewis helped pack gift bags for our guests containing products from some of our American Made makers.
5 One of the gift bag items included a bag of my Martha Stewart coffee. My signature blend combines medium-roast beans from Ethiopia, Kenya, Guatemala and Indonesia. If you haven't tried it, order a bag - you'll love the deep, rich finish. http://marthastewartcafeshop.com/
6 The many booths were starting to come alive.
7 Wooden platforms and walls were used around the clerestory to display our Honorees' photos, stories and products.
8 In our hallway leading into the clerestory, a most beautiful display of American flags interpreting the diversity of the United States through fabric and design.
9 The display was created by artist Muriel Stockdale. It is entitled "E Pluribus" and is a wonderful expression of the many colors of patriotism.
10 One area of our office space was designated the "shop" where various makers could set-up their products for sale.
15 Little River Sock Mill is one of this year's Honorees. They use the highest quality organic cotton and sustainable practices to make their socks. http://littleriversockmill.com
17 Ricketts Indigo was one of our winning American Made Honorees last year. They use natural dyes and traditional practices to create their beautiful textiles. http://www.rickettsindigo.com/
19 Our favorite furniture expert, Christophe Pourny, brought in his essential guide to furniture care book, "The Furniture Bible", and some of his products for our shop. http://www.christophepourny.com
20 Beautiful custom wood cutting boards by Brooklyn, New York based, AHeirloom. http://aheirloom.com
21 As the morning progressed, crews began setting up audio visual equipment. The clerestory has very high ceilings, which can be challenging when speaking on microphone. Care and attention is always given to getting the audio elements just right.
22 Audio visual equipment was delivered in these huge boxes and set up by the crew from L&M Sound & Light. http://www.lmsound.com
23 Signs were cut out of foam core to perfection as booths were set-up.
24 Long tables were wheeled in with the various supplies for each display and booth.
25 Here were Heather Kirkland, who oversees many of our in-house special events, and Alexa Stark from our Corporate Communications and PR team.
26 Our shop set-up was nearly finished.
27 And, our Honoree display area was also nearing completion.
28 Leontine Linens, a 2015 American Made Honoree specializes in handcrafted, monogrammed linens with a modern touch. http://www.leontinelinens.com
29 Proper waste receptacles were placed around the space - we never forget responsible eco-friendly practices. The chicken feed goes back to my farm for the chickens.
30 Television screens were set up around the clerestory, so all the guests, no matter where they sat, could watch and hear everything that happened on stage as well as in the various videos that played.
31 Everyone was on-hand to help with the set-up. Members of our video team also taped makers to document their American Made experiences.
32 Enhancements were made from above for proper lighting and sound, and any cables were discreetly wrapped in white to blend in with the ceiling color.
33 Long sleeved t-shirts were made for our staff volunteers, so they could be easily identified.
34 A crafts area was set-up with various stations where guest could make easy do-it-yourself projects with our crafts experts.
35 This year, the craft project was a wire made charm in the shape of the United States - here was one of the wooden templates.
36 Our friends at The UPS Store set up their #PrintsToLiveBy booth, where attendees could make custom illustrations showing their favorite inspiring quotes. The UPS Store is a great small business resource for printing, packing, and shipping services. http://www.theupsstorenow.com/
37 By afternoon, tests were conducted to ensure monitors were properly color-corrected.
38 This corner was where all the sound would be controlled for various speaker and video output.
39 Rehearsals were conducted to go over prompter and sound levels at the podium.
40 Vases of flowers were assembled for added color and decoration.
41 Anduin Havens and Kristen St. Clair handled much of the art design for the event.
42 Our 7500 square foot clerestory began to take on a whole new look.
43 The back wall of our clerestory, above our stage, was embellished with a giant silhouette of the United States and stars indicating where our Honorees live.
44 More lighting adjustments were made from above.
45 This is the program of events for the Summit - they were neatly stacked at the entrance, ready to be given out as guests arrive.
46 By the afternoon, rehearsals began with some of our Honorees.
47 Every detail was reviewed again and again to make sure the transformation was perfect.
48 I hope to see you at today's 4th annual American Made Summit - it's going to be spectacular.