Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

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35 July 2017 Opposite Page: The Southern Cultural Heritage Center includes the former Sisters of Mercy Convent, constructed in 1868. Above: A historic space at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center is set for an elegant event. Photos courtesy SCHC Meeting groups have their choice of culinary options when booking events at the SCHC, as there is no on-site caterer. Groups can bring in a caterer of their choice or choose from a list of Vicksburg's many local caterers, among them Storycook Favorites J&B Catering Service. Although barbecue and Southern-style green beans are favorites among many of the meeting guests, it wouldn't be a true Mississippi event without a healthy slice of Mississippi mud pie, and there are many amazing versions around the town from which to choose. Alcohol is allowed with the understanding that the party hires a bartender with liquor liability insurance. The staff at the SCHC are pros at organizing events and program- ming, and they are eager to help ensure that all events and meet- ings run smoothly inside their National Register of Historic Places- recognized buildings. All rentals at the SCHC include the use and setup of tables and chairs providing that the event's planners turn in their desired layout no later than one week before the event. Decorating and personal setup are available one working day before the event at no additional charge during normal operating hours at the center with prior notification. The SCHC buildings are a main attraction along Vicksburg's tour- ism route, not only for their historic significance from the Civil War, but also because "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was filmed par- tially in the auditorium. Guided group tours of the buildings can be booked in advance, and group rates are available. Along with preplanned programming that the SCHC offers, groups can head downtown for a larger taste of Vickburg's cultural offerings. The SCHC's downtown Vicksburg location means event guests have immediate access to the city's top attractions, including museums, restaurants, shopping and the Mississippi River, all within walking distance. Catering Extras Entertainment The meeting spaces at the SCHC are spread throughout five differ- ent buildings constructed from 1830 to 1955. Multiple meeting spaces allow for a variety of events to occur throughout the day. The Auditorium dates to 1885 and is the largest of the meeting spaces, with a maximum capacity of 400 guests, and features a stage, an expansive open floor and an option to add on one or two courtyards. The Convent Chapel holds up to 100 guests, and the Convent Parlor Room can be rented out as a single room for up to 50 guests or a double room for up to 100 guests. There are two academy classrooms available for rent in the 1937 schoolhouse; each holds up to 50 guests. Meeting Spaces /VisitVicksburg Scan this QR to visit our mobile site and get your keys to Vicksburg. AMERICAN HISTORY Mississippi Music Southern Charm ~ ~ Contact Ashley Gatian, Sales Manager for planning assistance. 800-221-3536 •

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