TAH major Konstantina Rigas has always said that hospitality is in her blood. As daughter of the owners of the Boothbay Harbor House of Pizza, she has worked for years to make people happy with food, especially from her own Greek culture.
Now she has another trick up her sleeve: making people happy by helping to create their dream weddings. One such wedding is featured in the current issue of Real Maine Weddings, a magazine and website featuring only Maine weddings planned by Maine professionals.
Konstantina was in the middle of her capstone internship at the Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport when she was asked to help plan the wedding of Mary Bucci and Luke Feinberg of Boston. The couple had met as students at Bates College and knew they wanted to get married in Maine, in a coastal setting and surrounded by friends and family.
Besides being a part of this event, Konstantina had the opportunity to help plan several other weddings and events during her internship at the Newagen last summer. This summer she is doing a second internship, at the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, where she is doing event planning and other functions.
Konstantina is also one of four USM TAH students who recently won hospitality scholarships from the Maine Innkeepers Association. As noted in an article in the Boothbay Register, she received the Charles Samelson Award sponsored by Dirigo Stitching and Harry Samelson.
Finally, Konstantina spoke on behalf of the Tourism & Hospitality program at a USM Corporate Partners Breakfast in April featuring three TAH advisory board members: Steve Hewins of Portland's Downtown District, Lynn Tillotson of the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Jennifer Hutchins of Creative Portland. All three spoke about "Growing Portland" and the relationship between tourism and local economic development.
Congratulations to Konstantina and to all of our students who are doing great work in the field of tourism and hospitality in Maine. Our future is in good hands!