Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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February 2017 29 Guests enjoy an antique carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. 260.426.4100 Let's write yours. Your experience here will set a new standard: • Divisible, carpeted, fully-equipped event spaces • On-site, full service masters in Event Management, AV, and Catering • Up to 4,500 theater; 3100 banquet; 2900 classroom • 500 attached guest rooms and covered parking • Free high performance WiFi and Room setup Create some buzz in downtown Fort Wayne, IN SPARTANNASH FOOD SHOW Marcy McKinley Director of Sales Babette Record Event Manager Jeremy Bugge AV Technician Every event has a story ... "We have six breweries that are within walking distance of the con- vention center," she said. "We have about 50 all together in the area. The group may want to visit a beer brewery and then have a food pairing, which has been very popular here." There is also a lot of com- plimentary music offered outdoors in good weather during the spring, summer and fall. For history fans, Grand Rapids is home to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, not to be confused with the Presidential Library, 130 miles away in Ann Arbor. The Ford Presidential Museum is the presidential museum and final resting place of the 38th president, who served from 1974 to 1977, and his wife, Betty. Sports enthusiasts can get their fix when any of the following local professional teams play at home: the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team; baseball's West Michigan Whitecaps; and the Grand Rapids Drive basketball team, which plays in the NBA Development League. A mere 30 minutes away from Grand Rapids is beautiful Lake Michigan, whose expansive shoreline has been rated one of the best in the country. Visitors to the region can spend the day at the shore, with its gorgeous sand dunes and then spend the evening enjoying the nightlife of Grand Rapids.

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