Monday, October 3, 2022

We Rise Up for Parks and Rec: Meet the Hospitality and Sales Division

From making your dream celebration a reality to providing a private space for our 55 and better community, the Hospitality and Sales Division strive to create life-long memories.

Parks and Recreation can encompass a myriad of services. The Hospitality and Sales Division sets us apart from other Recreation organizations thanks to their commitment to excellence. This critical Division oversees Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake, creating world-class experiences for everyone on this side of The Marq. This team of dedicated Recreation professionals spends their days booking and planning all sorts of events at Legends Hall. The Hospitality and Sales team executes incredible events and programming, from large-scale weddings, corporate gatherings, Board and Commission meetings to birthday parties, outdoor concerts, and running the Senior Activity Center.

This team consists of dedicated professionals who make your important milestones memorable. Here’s a look at the services they provide our community.

Private Events
Weddings and large-scale events account for approximately 29% of the gross revenue for Legends Hall since it opened in 2015. Legends Hall has made its Marq as a premier DFW wedding destination and as an award-winning facility. Our wide range of event packages and knowledgeable staff make Legends Hall the ideal place to say, “I Do.”

Other events this Division hosts include social events like birthday parties, baby showers, graduation, and holiday parties. Corporate events and smaller-scale events are also commonplace at Legends Hall. The Hospitality and Sales Division collaborates with community partners like APEX Arts League and Arts Council Northeast to bring cultural performances to our community at the Aria Amphitheater.

Senior Activity Center
The Senior Activity Center is a critical component of the services provided by this team to our community. The Senior Services team lovingly works to ensure our senior citizens access quality programs, exciting field trips, community meals, and their designated space. It’s no secret that the Senior Center holds a special place in our hearts!

Celebrating life’s most memorable events is what the Hospitality and Sales Division does best! This team of incredible Recreation professionals creates life-long memories for our residents and guests every day, and we are so thankful for them this Park and Recreation Month!

Legends Hall to Host Annual Open House

Legendary moments begin at Legends Hall. Don’t miss your chance to book your happily ever after during the fourth annual Legends Hall Open House on Wednesday, August 24, from 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM.

It’s never too early to start planning your big day if you are recently engaged. Legends Hall is the go-to venue for those looking to tie the knot in 2023. We have the amenities you need to have the wedding of your dreams, from our breathtaking outdoor Aria Amphitheater to our versatile Traditions Ballroom! With 23,00 square feet of function space, Legends Hall is sure to provide a memorable event. Whether you want a multi-day extravaganza or an intimate micro-wedding, we are here to make your vision come to life. Visit us during our annual Open House to see all our services.

Come out and enjoy food, desserts, drinks, and entertainment as you mix and mingle with the best professionals in the wedding industry. Tour our gorgeous facility and take advantage of our preferred vendors’ undivided attention. The Legends Hall Open House is your one-shop-stop for crossing wedding planning essentials off your to-do list.

Did we mention you can receive 10% off your event package by attending? Visit our Open House, and you could save up to $1,000 when you book a Silver Reception Package or above with us!

We can’t wait to see you on August 24!

Book Your Big Day By March 31 and Enjoy 10 Percent Off Event Packages

The wedding industry is back with a vengeance, and 2022 and 2023 are going to be busier than ever!

Wedding trends come and go, but the desire to celebrate love and partnership never goes out of style! Couples are ready to celebrate love again in a big way, and wedding venue bookings will be high in 2022 and 2023. Nothing grounds the aesthetic and theme of your wedding more than the venue, and choosing the perfect one is a crucial step in planning an elegant affair. If you are searching for an exquisite backdrop for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration, look no further than Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake.

Located in the heart of Southlake, Texas, our beautifully designed state-of-the-art venue has served the greater North Texas metroplex since December 2015. The award-winning and world-class staff at Legends Hall is ready to help you make your Big Day dreams come true! Whether you want an intimate, private affair, or a full-blown big bash, Legends Hall is the ideal venue for every moment of your event. Legends Hall has it all, from gorgeous outdoor ceremonies at the Aria Amphitheater to a luxurious reception at the Traditions Ballroom! Our unique event packages give you the flexibility to design your event in a way that meets your style and budget!

If you’re recently engaged or have been waiting for the perfect date to say, “I Do,” March is the best time to book your Big Day at Legends Hall. We are extending our Engagement Season Special through the end of March! If you book your event by March 31, you can enjoy 10% off event packages from the Silver Package and higher!

Dates in 2022 are filling up soon! Contact us today to schedule a tour!

The Annual Sweetheart Dance Was A Night to Remember

Love is in the air this month, and there’s no stronger love than family love.

The weather in Texas may change radically from day to day, but our love for our family and community stays constant. We were honored to celebrate love with you at the 2022 Sweetheart Dance last Saturday, February 12. This event was such a hit that we needed two sessions to celebrate. Both sessions were completely sold out!

Southlake families embraced the theme and brought their sweethearts to Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake for a Valentine’s Day family night to Remember! We pulled out all the stops to make this a fantastic night for the whole family. Participants made life-long memories with a photo booth, Valentine’s-themed crafting, cookie decoration, a candy bar, snacks, and dancing!

The night was a huge success thanks to our committed staff, hard-working volunteers, and incredible sponsors. Love was in the air and a great time was had by all.

Thank you so much to everyone that joined us. We can’t wait to see you at our next world-class family program! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Legends Hall Wins “Venue Choice” Award at The Southern Social and Chic Network’s “The Chic Social Gala”

The world-class, award-winning team at Legends Hall has done it again!

Legends Hall’s most recent recognition is winning the “Venue Choice” award from Southern Social. This designation was announced at “The Chic Social Gala” sponsored by The Southern Social and Chic Network on December 12, 2021 and hosted at Legends Hall.

The Southern Social is a Texas-based bridal magazine and blog that features “artful and elevated weddings with romantic and authentic stories.” The “Venue Choice” award was given to Legends Hall in recognition of the team’s outstanding work.

“We are honored to win this award! The entire Legends Hall team works very hard to create world-class experiences for our couples and are thankful to win recognition from an esteemed industry partner,” stated Legends Hall Sales Specialist Emily Wood.

Legends Hall is the premier destination for an elegant and elevated social event in DFW. If you plan on tying the knot in 2022, our team is ready to help you every step of the way. Schedule a tour today to see how we can turn your wedding dreams into reality. Reserve your big day by February 28, 2022 and receive 10% off our fabulous event packages!

Congratulations to the hard-working Legends Hall team!

Meet Rebecca Priddy: Banquet Specialist at Legends Hall

Those who have attended an event at Legends Hall know that every single detail is world-class.

If you’ve ever wondered how the Legends Hall staff manages to pull off such perfect events, time after time, then look no further than Rebecca Priddy! Rebecca Priddy is the new Banquet Specialist at Legends Hall and is in charge of coordinating and executing flawless events such as weddings, conferences, executive parties, and more.

We recently sat down with Rebecca to get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:

What is your professional background?
My professional background has varied over my career path as I took an extended time to stay home with my children. I have experience as an administrative assistant, executive secretary, office manager, educator, recreation leader, recreation and educational programs coordinator, and events coordinator. I have realized during my career journey how much I enjoy community services and events! It has become a passion of mine.

What are you most excited about for your new position?
I am most excited about assisting in coordinating world-class and memorable experiences for our clients and community. It is a joy and honor to be a part of these special celebrations in people’s lives. I am also excited to work for the City of Southlake, be a part of this beautiful facility, and work alongside a fabulous team!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My family is very important to me. I spend my spare time with my husband, four kids (young adults), and grandson. My daughter is a competitive dancer on her high school drill team, so the fall season is full of Friday night lights! Spring is competition season which keeps us busy as we cheer on our girl and her team. I also enjoy being outdoors at our community trails and parks and cheering for my grandson at his soccer games. I love to host family and friends in our home and spend time with our church community.

What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
I am excited about growing in my new position at Legends Hall and look forward to all the beautiful events we will help create. I am also looking forward to celebrating my 50th birthday, KHS drill team Nationals at Disney, and my son’s wedding in August!

Welcome to the team, Rebecca! We look forward to seeing the beautiful events you help bring to life. Book a tour today if you are interested in celebrating your next life milestone at Legends Hall. Reserve your date by February 28, 2022, and receive 10% off our event packages!

This Year’s Breakfast with Santa was a Huge Success

Southlake children made the “Nice” list again this year and received a special visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas!

The Southlake Community Services Department hosted the annual Breakfast with Santa at The Marq Southlake on Saturday, December 4. Families enjoyed a morning filled with delicious breakfast goods, a photo op with the Big Man himself, and created their holiday stockings. Generous sponsorships from Ethan Allen, Mornings with Mommy, Mangos and Community Med Urgent Care made the program extra special for participants. Corner Bakery and Devivo Brothers were our delicious food vendors. Mrs. Claus made a special appearance as she visited families during breakfast time. The world-class facility was decorated for the holidays to make Mr. and Mrs. Claus feel extra welcomed.

The event was a huge success! Smiles were on every face, and hearts and tummies were full. Parents got the opportunity to take one-of-a-kind holiday photos, and children shared their wish lists with Santa in person! Breakfast with Santa is a Community Services staple and community favorite event.

“Breakfast with Santa is an annual City of Southlake event. I was so honored to host and plan this program for our residents. Thank you to all of our sponsors and our incredible volunteers! This event would not have been possible without the dedicated work of our staff, volunteers, vendors, and sponsors!” Gretchen Morgan, Programs Coordinator.

We can’t wait to host Santa Claus at The Marq again next year.

Home-Grown Staff: From Banquet Specialist to Hospitality and Sales Manager

If you’ve booked a special event at Legends Hall, then you’ve witnessed the planning, decoration, and management magic of Crystal Maddalena.

Crystal is the perfect example of home-grown staff. She started her career with the City of Southlake in 2009 as a Teen Court Office Assistant. In 2011, she became the Teen Court Coordinator and stayed there until Legends Hall opened its doors six years ago.

Crystal was the Banquet Specialist at Legends Hall since it opened in 2015. As such, she was responsible for coordinating and executing every event to world-class perfection. Her meticulous attention to detail, empathetic understanding of clients’ needs, and flawless execution of breath-taking events have earned her various raving NPS and Wedding Wire reviews from previous clients. Earlier this year, Crystal was even recognized city-wide during Employee Appreciation week with the Accountability Award for her relentless dedication to creating world-class experiences.

This month, she stepped into a new role as the Hospitality and Sales Manager for The Marq Southlake! As such, Crystal is now in charge of managing the entire Legends Hall team to ensure The Marq Southlake remains the premier destination for life’s most memorable occasions. As a long-time member of Team Southlake, there’s no doubt that she will lead the team to new reach new heights!

When asked what she likes most about her new position, Crystal stated that she “enjoys working with our guests as we have a unique opportunity to be involved in once-in-a-lifetime events with them. It all comes down to customer service, and I have the privilege to practice that both internally and externally every day!”

Congratulations on your promotion, Crystal! Thank you for your years of dedicated service, and best of luck in this new role!


It’s Not Too Soon to Think About Your Holiday Party!

We say it all the time, “Time flies by.” It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the holiday season, but here we are again! Time has flown by, and the holidays are almost right around the corner.

It will soon be time to gather and celebrate all the great things that happened this past year. And what better way to celebrate than to party in style at Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake?

It’s not too early to start planning. Let us do the heavy lifting for you. We can check one more thing off your to-do list. We’re here to help you create life-long memories with your friends and family by pulling off the party of the year.

Legends Hall features 23,000 square feet of event space for any party you can imagine. We have the perfect space for everything from small intimate gatherings to large end-of-year bashes. And let’s be honest, Texas weather is so unpredictable it’s not out of the realm of possibility to be able to take advantage of our magical outdoor space. The possibilities are endless!

Not sold yet? Here are a few more reasons to host a holiday party with us:

We dress to impress.
We love the holidays as much as your mom, and we decorate to the nines. What does this mean for you? The photo ops will be endless, and you won’t need to worry about decorating for your event. Let us take care of that for you.

We have the best team.
Our dedicated and award-winning team is here for you. From helping you select the best rental package for your event, navigating your vendor selection, to taking care of all the small details, we are here for you. Your party is our party. Making sure your experience with us is the best it can be is our top priority.

Location, location, location.
We’re located in the heart of Southlake, just a few miles off SH 114. We’re easy for your in-town guests and your out-of-town guests to find. We also have ample parking so no need to worry about that either.

Ready to check out our space? Learn more here, and book your tour today!