While I’m no Martha, I do know how to throw a fine party if I do say so myself. My good-times philosophy? If you gather friendly folks and give them a reason to celebrate, food and drink — conversation and camaraderie are sure to follow. Thanks to my out-of-control fetish for shelter magazines, I realize the celebration can reach an enlightened level with the help of a little dress up — beautiful table settings, a gourmet spread, an unexpected location. But, at the very core of revelry, if you build it, they will come... and if you’re having fun, your guests will enjoy themselves, too.
This month, I’ll make my maiden voyage to World Market Center’s 5-million-square-foot campus for the latest installment of the Las Vegas Market, and if the rumors prove true, it’ll be one heck of a party for the lighting industry.First of all, Rod Stewart is performing, and what if not America’s favorite feathered-haired Brit says fête? The jam-packed seminar schedule (you won’t want to miss Randall Whitehead’s “Forecast: The Art of Lighting in Homes” sponsored by Residential Lighting, or the Brave New World eco-educational series), the countless cocktail receptions and the grand opening of WMC’s mammoth Building C are also sure to draw eager crowds. And then, of course, there are all the new product introductions from lighting fixture manufacturers (get a sneak peek in our “Las Vegas Market Preview,” beginning on page 41).
It’s an exciting lineup for sure, and I, for one, can’t wait to be a part of it. Though I’m certainly not naive to the current lighting industry and economic challenges we’re facing (my two-hour commute on public transportation is well worth the $50 I save filling up my gas tank), I’m beyond ready to say good-bye to all the doom and gloom. And after several recent conversations with the rank and file from the lighting industry, I think that you are, too. It’s high time we employ some optimistic forward-thinking and get creative, facing our toughest provocations head on. Then, let’s put on our party hats and rock out to some Rod Stewart. The brewing excitement is simply too contagious to pass up.
See you front row, center.