APR 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 36 E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS MONROE/WEST MONROE IN-DEPTH Visit for more about the Monroe area through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos more. MONROE/WEST MONROE is the meeting and event hub of North Louisiana, offering a convenient location on U.S. Interstate 20 between Jackson and Shreveport. The area has 2,000 guest rooms, more than 70 local restaurants and numerous shopping choices. HISTORIC UNIQUE VENUE: Located in downtown Monroe in a warehouse that dates back to 1916, Aubrey Hall offers views of the city skyline, original brick walls, and contemporary furnishings. TOP PICKS: Monroe/West Monroe CVB (800) 843-1872 "Duck into Monroe-West Monroe, home of the Robertson's, stars of A&E's hit show Duck Dynasty. Discover, Shop, & Eat in Monroe-West Monroe!" Monroe Civic Center Complex civic-center.php West Monroe Convention Center center/convention-center FOLLOW UP: Clarion Inn & Suites Conference Center, Monroe Hilton Garden Inn West Monroe M O N R O E / W E S T M O N R O E How To Hold A Duck Dynasty-Themed Event The Biedenharms: Joseph Biedenharm was the first bottler of Coca-Cola. Groups can learn about him and his family at the Biedenharm Museum & Gardens. While there, attendees can view Coca-Cola memorabilia, sit at the old fashioned soda counter and enjoy a coke for a nickel, tour their elegantly appointed mansion, and walk along the gardens with over an acre of terraces, fountains and statues. ■ Meet The "Other" Family Dynasty The recently renovated Monroe Civic Center Complex with wire- less Internet access is the largest facility of its kind in Northeast Louisiana as it offers over 22,000 square feet of meeting space, 15 meeting rooms, and multiple lay- out options. The 13,000-square- foot conference hall seats 1,000 and can be divided into smaller rooms. Each room has individual temperature controls, variable lighting, sound systems, cable and computer con- nections, and offers easy access to other areas of the civic center. The nearby 46,000-square-foot arena has stadium-styled seating for 7,600. Its theatre has a state-of-the-art sound system and seating for 2,000. Director Darren Burgess said, "We offer in-house catering so we're a one-stop- shop for all event planners' needs." Nearby accommodations include a Courtyard by Marriott, a Hampton Inn, a Hilton Garden Inn and others totaling 2,000 guest rooms for the area. And adventure out into scenic Monroe-West Monroe and go duck spotting at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge or Cheniere Lake Park, which also offers covered picnic areas and climate-controlled lodges for events. ■ E x p l o r e t h e g a r d e n s & m a n s i o n o f J o s e p h B i e d e n h a r m , t h e fi r s t b o t t l e r o f C o c a - C o l a . Biedenham Museum Gardens via Facebook 23-52 CS April 2014_Layout 1 3/28/14 11:42 AM Page 36

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