Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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A t t r a c t i o n s a n d A c t i v i t i e s Destination Showcase 22 The new Kimpton Cardinal features stylish meeting spaces, such as the boardroom in its Houndstooth Social Club. center for the highly acclaimed University of North Carolina School of the Arts. This lovingly restored, 1929 movie theater has seating for 1,380 and a 10th-floor reception hall for 130. The former Hanes Hosiery mill, the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts occupies a 100-plus-year-old building with two roomy event areas, one an impressive 3,300-square-foot multipurpose space. Once the town's post office and federal building, the 72,000-square-foot Millennium Center, which took BCC overflow during its reinvention, can accom- modate up to 1,500 guests in a variety of spaces. Wake Forest Biotech Conference Center offers 15 rooms, including an auditorium that seats 120, and a soaring 7,500-square-foot atrium for large receptions. Owned and managed by Wake Forest University, the Graylyn International Conference Center, a five-minute drive from town, is a return to 1930s and 1940s gentility on 55 explorable acres with beauti- fully tended gardens, lawns, woods and a quiet lake. Graylyn's facilities feature four period dwellings, including the 46,000-square-foot 1932 Manor House, renovated in March, which offers meeting spaces from a 10-person boardroom to a conference room that seats 165. Rife with cutting-edge technology and stellar service, the center has 85 one-of-a-kind guest rooms for overnight retreats, including five suites. The Graylyn staff can tailor team-building activities to meet a group's needs. The most popular of its 25 activity choices is the Cupcake and Gingerbread Challenge. Teams learn trust and communi- cation skills when one member gets a peek at a bakery item and relays info about its design back to a team that must then create and eat the goodie. Sure to cause laughs, Pirates of the Piedmont instructs a team to build a boat from limited resources and navigate it across the lake. "Graylyn is not a cookie-cutter conference center," said Alyssa Armenta, marketing manager. "If a group wants to have a meeting set up in U-shape one day and switch to theater style the next, we can flip it within an hour, no matter the group size." Attractions and Activities Hearkening back to the city's roots, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, with cobblestone sidewalks and 100-plus restored buildings, showcases the Moravian way of life with costumed interpreters per- forming Colonial tasks. Meeting spaces include the Horton Museum Center, home of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, with a 1,270-square-foot auditorium, a 490-seat classroom and lovely outdoor spaces. The Old Salem Visitor Center can hold up to 700. Based on a group's goals, team building can transport corporate attendees to the past. Smaller numbers can try hearthside cooking of a meal, a dessert, an 18th-century chocolate or alcoholic beverages. "Often, men and women in a corporate situation don't cook much at home," said Dorlee Snyder, director of education and outreach pro- gramming. "Here, they're all on a level playing field with something new. They're cooking on coals, beating eggs with a stick-and-twig whisk without electricity. There's lots of camaraderie trying to figure out how to do things." Groups of up to 55 can take a hands-on history tour to experience

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