Creating Special Events, 2nd ed.

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Author(s): Lee J. deLisle

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Creating Special Events is designed to help prepare students to plan, organize, and direct special events and festivals.

This book includes a look at the evolution and history of special events and explains the skills and processes needed to implement them.

This nuts-and-bolts approach details the methods to achieve specific goals and objectives in event planning from concept to completion.

The second edition includes updates on technology, new case studies, addresses major issues such as terrorism, and provides a new chapter on professional opportunities in event management.

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Table of Contents: 

Biographical Information

Section One: Positioning Festivals in Community Life
Chapter One
A Short, but Interesting, History of Festivals, Fairs, and Special Events
Chapter Two
Special Events = Community Benefits
Chapter Three
Strategic Planning

Section Two: Identifying and Managing Fiscal Resources
Chapter Four
Planning for a Positive Economic Impact
Chapter Five
Accounting and Budgeting
Chapter Six
The Nature of Sponsorship
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Risk Management

Section Three: Human Resource Management
Chapter Nine
Organizational Culture: Staff and Volunteers
Chapter Ten
Contractual Services – Entertainment and Special Services
Chapter Eleven
Customer Service and Satisfaction

Section Four: Physical Resources
Chapter Twelve
Site Planning and Selection
Chapter Thirteen
Concessions: Bread and Circuses
Chapter Fourteen
Event Safety: Traffic, Crowd, and Parking Strategies
Chapter Fifteen

Section Five: Evaluation & Career Development
Chapter Sixteen
Evaluation: The Path of Enlightenment
Chapter Seventeen
Professional Opportunities


About the Author(s)

Lee J. deLisle

Dr. Lee J. deLisle is a professor in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven CT. He teaches courses in event management, entertainment management, and contemporary issues in leisure studies. He also serves as the Chair of the Graduate Council for the University.

He previously taught and served as department chair in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Western Michigan University.

Lee worked for ten years as the Director of Parks and Recreation in Groton, CT.

Dr. deLisle authored the text, Creating Special Events, for Sagamore Publishing in 2009 with a second edition in 2014, and co-authored the text, The Story of Leisure, in 1998 with Dr. Jay Shivers.

He has contributed research articles to the World Leisure Journal, Revista de Ciencas de la Activitad Fisica y del Deporte, the Annals of Leisure ResearchJournal of Park and Recreation AdministrationSCHOLE, and in publications for the National and Recreation and Parks Association and the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association.

He served as Chair of the NRPA Education Network, 2014 – 15, and previously on the SCHOLE Board of Directors. He is a contributing member of the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association and a consultant for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He also served on the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Board of Directors.

Lee and his wife, flautist Rhonda Larson, divide their time between their homes in Killingworth, CT and Roccantica, Italy.