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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.


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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 2 at Windsor Train Station Studios
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 4 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 4 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 5 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 5 at WAC Train Station Studios
Gardens in the Hudson Valley
Jun 6 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Hypertension Workshop
Jun 6 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 6 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 7 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 9 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Virtual Book Club
Jun 9 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 11 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 12 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 12 at WAC Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 13 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Learn How to Lead Like a Pro
Jun 13 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Windsor Toastmasters Club
Jun 13 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 14 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 16 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Camino de Santiago Lecture
Jun 16 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 18 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 18 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Windsor House Tour is Back!
Jun 18 at Windsor Historical Society
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 19 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 20 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Strawberry Festival and Vendor Fair
Jun 20 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 21 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios