Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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P y t h i a n C a s t l e S p r i n g f i e l d , M i s s o u r i F a l l s o f t h e O h i o S t a t e P a r k C l a r k s v i l l e , I n d i a n a www.smallmarketmeetings.com 32 Heartland Meeting Guide public area, and staff will arrange for passengers to wait in other areas during functions. The depot also offers several private spaces. On the second floor, the 3,000-square-foot Red Cap Room and the 2,000-square-foot Veterans Gallery offer views of downtown and the Mississippi River, as does a new 20-person boardroom. The Gateway Conference room can seat 48 people in a classroom setup, and planners can use two out- door plazas for cocktail hours, live music, and food or microbrewery booths. Depot staff can also help organizers arrange special-event excursion trains with Amtrak or private charters on the Railroading Heritage of Midwest America's historic passenger cars. www.uniondepot.org Pythian Castle Springfield, Missouri It may be surprising to see the towers of a gray, stone castle rising from the surrounding neigh- borhoods in Springfield, Missouri, but Pythian Castle is a favorite landmark and event venue among locals. The Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization and secret society that was founded in 1864, built the castle in 1913 as an orphanage and retirement home for members' children and widows. Originally called the Pythian Home of Missouri, the castle also served as the group's meeting hall until 1942, when the military used it as a facility to help rehabilitate and entertain troops injured in World War II. Designed to look like a castle, the building's exterior was constructed with limestone. On the first floor, the 2,400-square-foot ballroom has a lobby for cocktail receptions and an attached buf- fet room. On the second floor, a theater with a stage and lobby area is also available for presenta- tions, ceremonies and events, including the cas- tle's murder-mystery dinners. The castle offers private murder-mystery dinners for groups up to 180 people. Other function spaces include the Tower Room, the highest room in the building, and the West Wing, which can accommodate events for up to 25 people. The castle also offers lunch and dinner options for corporate gatherings. Groups can tour the castle during a regularly scheduled public tour, a history tour or a nighttime ghost tour. www.pythiancastle.com Falls of the Ohio State Park Clarksville, Indiana Stretching along the north shore of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana, just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky, Falls of the Ohio State Park is one of the few places in the world where Courtesy Pythian Castle The 1913 Pythian Castle in Missouri offers a number of elegant meeting rooms.

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