Looking for a unique special events venue in the Greater Washington/Baltimore area? The Special Event Sites Marketing Alliance (SESMA) can help.

Making its debut at the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International’s Affordable Meetings show in Washington, D.C. in early September, the new nonprofit association’s mission is to get its members into the minds of meeting professionals. Members include suppliers and special events sites such as the Washington National Cathedral, Torpedo Factory Art Center, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Supplier members include caterers, event production companies, decorators, florists, and so forth.

Founded in March, SESMA has grown to 84 members. It plans to become a national association in 2003. Copies of the SESMA Membership Directory are available free to meeting professionals by calling (703) 610-9026 or visiting www.sesma.org