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17 September 2019

TEA Mixer at Gilroy Gardens - Shannon Martin reports

Themed Entertainment Association Gilroy Gardens Mixer September 9 2019

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Western North America Division organized a mixer at Gilroy Gardens on 6 September 2019. Twenty-two TEA members and guests attended.

Themed Entertainment Association Gilroy Gardens Mixer September 9 2019

Gilroy Gardens is a horticulturally themed amusement park located in Gilroy, California, near San Francisco. (Gilroy is also known for its annual garlic festival.) The park features rides, attractions and lush, landscaped gardens.

Gilroy Gardens is also home to the Circus Trees, an historic collection of trees that have been grafted together into whimsical shapes and originally created by Axel Erlandson.

The evening started with a tour of the park via the Bonfante Railroad, the park’s train ride, and docent-curated stops at the Circus Trees, Green Barn, Monarch Garden and Claudia's Garden.

Following the tour, Gilroy Gardens General Manager Barb Granter led a special presentation about the history of the park and the upcoming plans for the 20th birthday celebration. 

Many thanks to Gilroy Gardens for their generous hospitality and support.

TEA organizes more than 100 events a year to serve its membership around the world, including regional mixers and behind-the-scenes excursions, educational forums, webinars, the TEA SATE conferences and the TEA Thea Awards Gala.

For a complete list of upcoming TEA events, click here.

Shannon Martin

Information and photos for this report were provided by TEA Western North America Division President Shannon Martin of Color Reflections. Shannon is co-chair of TEA SATE - Seattle, 26-27 Sept 2019.

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