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Out and About: Stephen McKay

Out and About: Stephen McKay
Stephen McKay is the President of Euphoria Event Solutions LLC, located at 102 Skitchewaug Street in Windsor. Since 2006, Euphoria has specialized in renting and leasing unique luxury tents and fabric structures, many of which have sheltered events on our town green over the years.

Stephen was born in Gaziantep, Turkey, where the Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford sponsored his parents. They eventually came back to Connecticut and settled in Eastford, where Stephen attended schools in both Eastford and at Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School, where he studied architectural drafting. He later took courses at Eastern Connecticut State College (now University), Quinebaug Valley Community College and UCONN. Stephen served as a Connecticut State Trooper for a few years during the later 1980s and early 1990s, before working with his father building houses.

His parents owned a storied restaurant in Hartford called the Municipal Cafe (better known as the Muni). "I burnt water, so I wanted to stay out of the daily business. I focused on running the bar, but I didn't want to be a bartender, either. I was inherently shy." He ended up starting a live music club at the Muni, launching himself into the entertainment production field. Over the years, Stephen has ushered in more than 2,000 acts.

After the Muni, Stephen became assistant director of marketing for UCONN's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts and then was creative director at the Cheney Hall in Manchester for several years. From there, Stephen came to Windsor, where he became executive director of the SS&C SummerWind Performing Arts Center. After one of the structures at the site collapsed, Stephen located a saddle-span tent to integrate into their remaining structure. Intrigued, he thought there was a market for tents like that. After leaving SummerWind, Stephen spent a year in California as the executive director for a Downtown Business Improvement District. Once he returned to Windsor, he launched his next business venture, Euphoria Event Solutions LLC.

Stephen says about Euphoria, "I've found that out of all the things that I've done, this has suited my personality the best. I like the wheeling and dealing involved with running a business. I like building things, so we get to see these structures go up. It's a unique niche market we're involved with." Euphoria has experienced a twenty percent growth rate every year. According to Euphoria’s website, the company is the largest purveyor of saddle-span structures in the U.S.—there are only two Top Tents in North America, and Euphoria owns one of them. As Stephen says, “Euphoria deals in specialty and luxury tenting, which nobody else carries."

Stephen’s wife, Terese, is part of Euphoria’s core team, concentrating on marketing. His 82-year-old father, Bob, also works with him on government relations, permitting and pitching in out in the field. Typically, four to fifteen people work on each project, which requires travel around the country to set up custom configurations.

"Windsor's a terrific town," Stephen says. "I think the nice thing about Windsor is it's got a center focal point, the town green. When you have a place where people can coalesce and enjoy the social circles that are made possible by this town, it's terrific."

Stephen continues to be involved with many aspects of the Windsor community. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Masons at Washington Lodge No. 70, and currently serves as assistant vice president of First Town Downtown. He oversees the annual Warm Sock Drive for the Homeless. He contributes his boat or flatbed for the Shad Derby parade each May, and he was the creator of the successful Blue Lobster Festival. Previously, he was a member of the Exchange Club.

On his off time, Stephen is a licensed pilot. He loves skiing and boating, and is a "junkie for art shows."

Three words that describe Stephen: Charitable. Driven. Enthusiastic.


Events

Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Jan 21 at Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers
Learn to Crochet
Jan 22 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 23 at Windsor Public Library
Middle School Open House
Jan 23 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor, CT 06095
Networking with South Windsor
Jan 23 at Pete's CARSTAR, 459 John Fitch Blvd (rt 5), South Windsor
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jan 23 at Windsor High School J113
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 24 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 25 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 25 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 25 at Clover Family Resource Center
Meet the Executive Director!
Jan 25 at Chamber office, 261 Broad St, Windsor CT 06095
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 25 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 25 at Windsor Senior Center
First Windsor FTC Qualifier
Jan 26 at Windsor high school gym
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Downton Abbey Inspired Tea
Jan 27 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays of the month at The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 28 at Windsor Public Library
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 28 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 30 at Windsor Public Library
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 31 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 1 at Windsor Public Library
Comedy Club hosted by WJWC
Feb 1 at Skyline Restaurant 106 Ella Grasso Turnpike Windsor Locks, CT
Craft Beer & Tavern Games!
Feb 1 at Windsor Historical Society
Free Playgroup
Feb 1 at Clover Family Resource Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 6 at Windsor Public Library
National Frozen Yogurt Day
Feb 6 at 1095 Kennedy Road Ste, 7B Windsor, CT 06095
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Feb 7 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 7 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 8 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 8 at Clover Family Resource Center
Grown up game night at the Bean
Feb 9 at House of Books and Games
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Select Sundays at Loomis Chaffee Ice rink
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Feb 11 at Windsor Public Library
Editing Videos on your smart phone
Feb 12 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 13 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Feb 13 at Spare Time
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Lover's Lobster Dinner
Feb 14 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 14 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 15 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 15 at Clover Family Resource Center
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 16 at Windsor Public Library
The Windsor Feud
Feb 16 at Windsor Town Hall
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Select Sundays at Loomis Chaffee Ice rink
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Feb 19 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 20 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Little Picassos
Feb 21 at Windsor Public Library
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 21 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 21 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 22 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 22 at Clover Family Resource Center
Book signing David Kantrowitz
Feb 23 at House of Books and Games
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays of the month at The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Feb 25 at Windsor Public Library
Gut Health
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 27 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Feb 27 at Windsor High School J113
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 28 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Mar 1 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 1 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 1 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jolly Beggars
Mar 5 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 5 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 6 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Mar 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Mar 7 at Windsor Public Library
Book Babies
Mar 8 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 8 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 8 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
RPG Sale!
Mar 9 at House of Books and Games
Taste of Windsor
Mar 9 at Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Mar 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 12 at Windsor Public Library
Portugal Travel Presentation
Mar 12 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office
Social Media 101 for your nonprofit
Mar 12 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 13 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Book Babies
Mar 15 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 15 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 15 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Memory Savers
Mar 16 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Mar 19 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 19 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Mar 19 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 20 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Mar 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Little Picassos
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Memory Savers
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Book Babies
Mar 22 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 22 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 22 at Windsor High School Cafeteria