If you rang in the start of 2020 in Westminster with flappers, Jazz and the Charleston, there’s a good chance you’ve seen BCE Productions at work. Meg Denbow, communications director for the …
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If you rang in the start of 2020 in Westminster with flappers, Jazz and the Charleston, there’s a good chance you’ve seen BCE Productions at work.
Meg Denbow, communications director for the Boulder-based production company, said they did their very best to make sure Westminster’s New Years Eve Roaring 20s Ball was grounded in history.
“The 1920s were as different from the 1940’s as the 1970’s Disco age was from the Grunge era of the 1990s,” Denbow said. “It was just after World War I and the country was experiencing an unprecedented prosperity that was celebrated in music, art, literature, and fashion. Think Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, the Charleston, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth.”
BCE Productions founder and CEO Chris Dailey went from lending a hand with local festivals to producing them himself.
“Twenty years ago, BCE was essentially created to save the Boulder Creek Festival,” said Denbow. “By 1998, the Festival was in danger of passing into Boulder history. It had fallen on hard times and no one at the time wanted to take on the burden it had become. So, Chris did.”
Today, BCE Productions has grown into a mature event management company, offering a wide selection of services. There are three full-time BCE staff members, including the founder Dailey, who has been the CEO and Executive Director of BCE since 1998.
Denbow joined the company to serve as the Director of Communications in February 2002 and Mike Puretz joined the group in 2006, first as the volunteer coordinator before being hired on as a permanent staff member in April 2008. Puretz currently serves as the Director of Business Operations.
Beyond the top three, the company is kept aloft by a crack team of part-time and seasonal staff, a close-knit group who are a pivotal part of the significance and success of BCE’s management.
“Many of our staff members have been with us for over a decade and have unique insight into both event operations as well as the importance of their direct role in our events,” Denbow said. “It is clear that the entire BCE staff takes great pride in our business, which is managed as a small, familial team with a strong sense of community and camaraderie. We truly enjoy what we do, and feel it reflects in the success of the events we are honored to produce.”
Until the Roaring 20s Ball, BCE Productions has focused on family-oriented events, she said.
“It’s always our goal to produce fun and safe family-oriented events; even our beer festivals are all-inclusive for kids, dogs, the whole family,” Denbow said. “The Roaring 20’s Ball is our first foray into an adult demographic.”
Event management can be a grueling business filled with logistical details. It’s a lot of fun, but keeping everyone satisfied can be challenging.
“Each of our events is unique, so the challenges at Hometown Fest usually include weather-related issues such as high winds, rain and thunderstorms, and heat,” Denbow said. “Indoor events, such as the Roaring 20’s Ball, are not as affected by weather.”
Their close knit relationship as a team is something that keeps them together, she said.
“We are more of a family than a business. And I think integrity is of the utmost importance to us, and this is something that can be rare with a lot of businesses these days,” Denbow said.
The vision of the Roaring 20’s Ball came about as a way to celebrate the decade that is coming to an end.
“With a new decade on the horizon, we thought it would be a lot of fun to produce an event celebrating the Golden Age of the Roaring 20s — such a fascinating time in our history,” Denbow said. “It’s been a lot of fun researching the 1920’s, particularly with my own family history.”Her paternal grandmother, who graduated high school in 1928, was a great source of inspiration, Denbow said.
“I got to go through her high school yearbook and see photos from the Jazz Age with a personal twist,” Denbow said. “She had the hairstyle, the flapper fashion, the whole deal. My dad even still has her old Victrola and I got to listen to some of her old records.”
For more information on BCE Productions and upcoming events, visit https://www.bceproductions.com/ on the internet.
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