Private Parties in Public Spaces

Hosting a party in a public venue gives it a certain cachet, if you don¹t mind some red tape.

When Minneapolis DMC metroConnections decided on a M*A*S*H-themed reception, complete with cast lookalikes, tents — even a helicopter — Harriet Island in St. Paul fit the bill perfectly. “The building sits on the Mississippi River, so attendees have beautiful views of the river and the St. Paul skyline,” says Sam Thompson, metroConnections president.

Finding the site was the easy part; organizing the event meant that Thompson had to work through the St. Paul Park and Recreation

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