Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

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October 2016 33 Lynn Hunt is ready to help you plan your meeting marvels on the Mississippi. Call her at 1-800-747-7800, ext. 823 or email her at meeting on the Mississippi! Have a marvelous Write something... Comment • Like • Suggest to Friends Susan Had an outstanding meeting in the Quad Cities. Great location on the river, and there was a lot to do. The meeting space and hotel rooms were outstanding. Service went above and beyond my expectations. Friday at 6:45 pm • Like John What's their largest meeting space and hotel? Saturday at 8:54 am • Like Susan Largest space is 117,000 sq. ft. and there is a 514-room hotel. Check it out for your conference – budget friendly! Two hours ago • Like #visitquadcities in the world. The two-hour captain's dinner cruise includes live entertainment and usually the paddle- wheeler's signature dish. "We're known for prime rib; it's probably the best on the Mississippi," Yarolem said. Themed cruises, such as Fall Foliage, Big Band or Kickin' It Country cruises, are popular for social out- ings, and the Celebration Belle also offers all-day cruises to Dubuque, Iowa, with three full meals, live music and captain's narration. C e d a r h u r s t C e n t e r f o r t h e A r t s Cedarhurst Center for the Arts M o u n t V e r n o n Mount Vernon At Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mount Vernon, Illinois, meeting attendees can gather for a general ses- sion then wander through the sculpture park during their breaks or take a jewelry-making or stained-glass art class after lunch. The center expanded in 2008, adding a 3,450-square- foot special event venue that can seat 240 for dinner or accommodate 300 for a meeting or concert. Glass walls provide views of the connecting patio and outdoors as well as into an adjacent corridor where art is dis- played. Two houses on the 90-acre site are also available for events. The Schweinfurth House, with indoor space and a patio, can accommodate receptions for 150 people or meals for up to 80. Next door to the museum, the Mitchell House has "huge windows" and is best for meals or meetings for 40 or fewer, said Sarah Lou Bicknell, director of sales and historian. When groups aren't doing business, they can have a little fun. Docents will lead group tours or guided walks of the Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park and its 73 large- scale, outdoor art pieces. It is one of the most extensive sculpture parks in the Midwest. The center also offers team-building scavenger hunts and group art classes, such as "Wine and Watercolor" and "Clay and Cocktails." E w i n g C u l t u r a l C e n t e r Ewing Cultural Center B l o o m i n g t o n Bloomington When Hazle Ewing died in 1969, she donated the 6.5- acre Bloomington, Illinois, estate that she and her hus- band built in 1929, including the house and gardens, to the Illinois State University Foundation. That means the mansion was only ever occupied by "one family, one gen- eration," said Toni Tucker, Ewing Cultural Center director. Today, the castle-like mansion hosts meetings, retreats and receptions. Groups of 150 can use the entire first floor for mix-and-mingle events or have breakout ses- sions in the living room, library, dining room, foyer and loggia. The Gold Room is the home's largest conference space and can accommodate 80 people in a theater- style setup.

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