> Out and About: Stephen McKay

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

Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Mar 25 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
HBG Book club
Mar 26 at The Bean
Learn to Crochet
Mar 26 at Windsor Public Library
Legislative Dialogue
Mar 26 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Skin Health
Mar 26 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 27 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Mar 27 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Wednesday Happy Hour
Mar 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Taco Thursday
Mar 28 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fish Fry
Mar 29 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Mar 29 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 29 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 29 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Women's History Month Movie Night
Mar 29 at Town Hall Council Chambers
$5 after 5pm
Mar 30 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Easterseals Annual Crystal Ball
Mar 30 at Hartford Marriott Downtown
Northwest Park Concert
Mar 30 at Northwest Park Nature Center 145 Lang Road Windsor CT
What is Art
Mar 30 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 30 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Observance and Remembrance Ceremony
Mar 31 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 31 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Community Garden at Northwest Park
Apr 1 at Northwest Park & Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 2 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 3 at Windsor Public Library
Job Search in the Digital Age
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford Airport
Job Search In The Digital Age
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford, 28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Apr 3 at Windsor Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 3 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Sharpen Networking/Interview Skills
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford, 28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Apr 3 at Windsor High School J113
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Free Genealogy Support Group
Apr 4 at Windsor Historical Society
Little Picassos
Apr 4 at Windsor Public Library
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Apr 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Fish Fry
Apr 5 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Apr 5 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Apr 5 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Windsor Chamber Cares Auction
Apr 5 at Maneely's, 65 Rye St, South Windsor
Artifex Custom Gallery Art Showcase
Apr 6 at Nomads Adventure QUEST
Windsor 1942-1962 with Herb Hallas
Apr 6 at Windsor Historical Society
Art Opening Reception
Apr 7 at Town Hall
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Young Artist Watercolor Bootcamp
Apr 8 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 9 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 10 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Apr 10 at Sheraton, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 10 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Fish Fry
Apr 12 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
All Day Art
Apr 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Book Babies
Apr 12 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Semi-annual Special Game Sale
Apr 13 at House of Books and Games
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Semi-annual Special Game Sale
Apr 14 at House of Books and Games
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Finding Your Dream Job
Apr 15 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Instagram for Small Business
Apr 16 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Apr 16 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Apr 16 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Diabetic Support Group
Apr 16 at LP Wilson Community Center, All Purpose One Room
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Apr 16 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 17 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Apr 17 at Windsor Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 17 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Lions Easter Plant Sale
Apr 17 at Windsor Town Green
Little Picassos
Apr 18 at Windsor Public Library
Seat of Our Pants
Apr 18 at Windsor Public Library
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Apr 18 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Fish Fry
Apr 19 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Apr 19 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Easter Brunch
Apr 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Apr 22 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 24 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 24 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Book Babies
Apr 26 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Local Author Festival
Apr 27 at Windsor Public Library
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Healthy Eating Tips
Apr 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Apr 30 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 1 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
May 2 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Business Expo
May 7 at GE, Belcan Corp & Quest
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 8 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
May 8 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Windsor Lions Craft Fair
May 11 at Windsor Town Greene
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Art Demonstration by Kara Bigda
May 14 at L.P. Wilson Community Center.
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 15 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
May 16 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 18 at Windsor Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 22 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT