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Space Discovery through the Eyes of an Event Planner
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Welcome to the After Party by the Intrepid Museum’s Special Events Team. Here we’ll give you a look behind the velvet ropes at one of the most exceptional venues in New York, and we’ll tell you what’s catching our eye in the industry and beyond. Just like our events, each of us has a unique style. We’ll be giving you the good, the bad and the outrageously inspiring from our life aboard the ship. Join us for the After Party!
Posted: 4/6/2015 4:15:56 PM

By Brittany Deane



People often see my job as a planner as the coolest gig (and in most cases it is), but they aren’t necessarily imagining some of the challenging practicalities that go into it, behind the scenes.  Have you ever had to deal with the challenges of finding storage space at a venue? I have! Overseeing the inventory for a site can be a daunting task, but I’ve learned that it can also be an exciting one. Believe it or not, this grand vessel has so many hidden layers that I’m still making new discoveries. I’ve had the privilege of exploring the ship’s decks and hidden spaces, and I’ve made some great finds. I’ve had the chance to see spaces that once served as sleeping quarters, as weapons storage or as an operating room for the brave men who served.

It’s remarkable that this historic ship, which served in wars and as a recovery vessel for Mercury and Gemini space missions, has been transformed into a cultural institution that promotes the awareness and understanding of history and even provides a space for private events. This ship’s unusual spaces have continually been restored, reimagined and used in new ways.


As an event manager and a devotee of the extraordinary planner Diann Valentine, I try to see the usual and unusual in new, creative ways. I scour the rough edges of Intrepid to inspire my own creative light, and I transformed those unusual sleeping quarters into a neat, spacious event storage area. 

Join me next time as I search the top decks and share my findings!

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