Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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Page 19 of 35 Destination Showcase 20 Arts Hall, where the schedule includes Broadway plays and national and international stars. The Akron Art Museum has a fine collection of modern art in a "stunning building that was tripled in size 10 years ago," said Mahon. Baseball lovers will enjoy the new state-of-the-art Canal Park on Main Street, home of the Akron RubberDucks, a AA-level affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Other sports teams to follow are the Akron Racers professional softball team and the the University of Akron Zips football and basketball teams.. The Akron Zoo reminds guests of the wonders of the animal kingdom and nature around the world. The Loral Airlock, the enormous hangar where Goodyear once built its famous blimps, is one of the world's largest buildings without any supports. Twenty-two stories high, it is so large that four football games could be played there at once, and rain showers have been known to develop spontaneously inside. Among Akron's other tourist attractions are Hale Farm and Village, a reconstructed village from the 1850s that depicts the westward move- ment through Ohio; the American Toy Marble Museum; and the birth- place of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Akron home of Dr. Bob (Dr. Robert Smith), who, with stockbroker Bill Wilson, founded AA in 1935. Akron has a history of industrial innovation. Stan Hywet Hall is one of the largest homes ever built in the United States.

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