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www.smallmarketmeetings.com 38 Southern Meeting Guide Courtesy Tampa Bay History Center The Tampa Bay History Center offers meeting space in a beautiful waterfront location. the east base of the bridge sits the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, which touts its "$14 mil- lion view" and a variety of event spaces. Inside the Mount Pleasant Visitor Center, the Cooper River Room is nearly 1,840 square feet and can seat up to 150 guests for banquets. The space boasts a seven-foot-high gas fireplace, hand-forged iron chandeliers and sconces, murals depicting low country life and an attached catering kitchen. Groups can also put up tents on the adjacent Crescent Lawn using the existing tent stakes. A short path leads visitors through a garden courtyard to Sweetgrass Pavilion, a room that accommodates 50 guests and has sliding barn doors that open to a covered porch with ceiling fans and rocking chairs. The pavilion also has a large adja- cent paved patio area. Because the center is located at the park, guests can sit on the large public lawn or stroll to the end of the 1,250-foot-long pedestrian pier that runs parallel to the bridge. Attendees can enjoy soft- serve ice cream from the River Watch Café or sit on bench swings to watch the sun set beneath the bridge over downtown Charleston. www.cooperriverroom.com H a l f M o o n e C r u i s e a n d Half Moone Cruise and C e l e b r a t i o n C e n t e r Celebration Center N o r f o l k , V i r g i n i a Norfolk, Virginia The Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center sits on the Elizabeth River waterfront in downtown Norfolk, part of a complex that includes Nauticus, a maritime-themed museum and science center, and the permanently docked Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships the U.S. Navy ever built. The waterfront location and the neighboring attractions make the Half Moone center a popular venue for meetings and receptions. In the center, the 4,200-square-foot Grand Rotunda is a circular space with a soaring, curving wall of windows that floods the room with water views, and the adjacent 3,400-square-foot Promenade Deck also overlooks the river. With 13,500 square feet, the Vista is the largest space where guests can watch the sun set over the river. Attendees can also take in sunsets or views of the downtown skyline on the 9,600-square- foot Lido Deck. The center also has two smaller conference rooms: The Virginia Room can seat about 70, and the Bermuda Room can seat up to 40. At Nauticus, groups can explore a variety of maritime science exhibits to learn about sea life, marine sanctuaries and maritime commerce. Visitors can experience hurricane-force winds in the hurricane simulator, touch horseshoe crabs in a replica tide pool or learn about the ships sailing past Nauticus at that moment. At the Battleship Wisconsin, which launched Meetings with a View Corbin, Kentucky - Where Adventure, History and Hospitality Await! dv dv dv en en e tu tu tu re re e , Hi H Co Co Co rb rb b in in , Ke Ke e nt n it t al al a it it t y y Aw Aw w ai ai a t! t! t! t or or o y y an an a d d Ho Ho o s i Hi Hi Hi s st st st p sp sp sp p p p p p it it it uc uc uc ky ky y - W he he e re re e e A A A d d t nt nt nt u u u Letís discuss your next event. äOutstanding venues for large & small meetings äPersonalized experiences & unique destinations äConveniently located off of I-75 exit 25 t t t Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission 606-528-8860 www.corbinkytourism.com