Last week Jenny and I attended a luncheon at Lehigh Valley's only over-the-road-transportation museum, America On Wheels. That's right ... we had lunch at a museum! Turns out, if you really want great attendance at a function, hold it in a unique meeting space.
In addition to enjoying a tasty lunch catered, in this case, by the Allentown Brew Works, we were free to roam around the 23,000 square feet of exhibit space. America On Wheels has several permanent displays, which are really cool, but also changing exhibits.
I had a glimpse at their current Concept and Custom car exhibit, but I plan to visit again soon when I have more time. I also want to make sure I see the elaborate toy train exhibit they were setting up the day of our luncheon ... especially since it is a charity event supporting Toys for Tots, Second Harvest Food Bank and Be An Angel. (If you visit America on Wheels between November 27 and December 27, here's a coupon you can use and don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy.)
Our lunch was held in American On Wheels' Long Haul Room, which holds up to 125 for a sit down meal. I noticed there was even a service area, giving caterers a behind-the-scenes place to work. It may have taken years to get America On Wheels' unique meeting spaces up and running, but the long wait gave them lots of time to get it right.
You may wonder why a museum such as America on Wheels would devote so much time and energy on hosting events, but actually it's simple. Just like I mentioned before, I'll be back to see the exhibits I missed due to time constraints - and I bet everyone else who attended last week's luncheon will also return to America On Wheels for a closer look with friends and family.
Have you been to America On Wheels for a meeting or reception before? What did you think?