JUL 2012

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Home Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase 19small markets & their differentia This map and the following pages showcase some of the small markets in the South that are ideal for meetings and are beaming with personality. Enhance your attendees' experiences and check out their differentia: Be Entertained Bricktown-Style in Oklahoma City By 1980, the city's Bricktown area had become a cluster of aban- doned buildings. But now, these former warehouses are home to one of the country's hottest entertainment districts. Catch a Red- Hawks game at the ballpark, savor the steaks at Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse, then take a water taxi tour. Read more about Oklahoma City on pg. 16 Witness Cajun Culture in Alexandria Stop by the pawn shop where the hit TV show "Cajun Pawn Stars" is filmed and then taste an authentic Cajun dish like grilled crawfish tails at Bistro on the Bayou. Read more about Alexandria on pg. 7 See Art In Action in Bentonville Emerse yourself in art at the newly opened Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, an artfully de- signed venue that takes its name from the natu- ral spring that feeds into the museum's ponds and from the walking bridges that connect the galleries. Encounter The Unusual in Lubbock Unusual things have been "discovered" in Lubbock. Flying lights seen in the 1950s spurred one of the country's first great UFO cases. And, groups can explore an archeological site where ancient people and extinct animals roamed millions of years ago. 'Drive' Cattle in Frisco The days of cattle drives come to life with the longest continuous-themed bronze sculpture collection in the U.S. with longhorns, cow- boys and a chuck wagon. Read more about Frisco on pg. 19 Find Black Gold in Beaumont Back in the early 1900s, oil gushed from the fields of Beaumont and sparked an oil boom in Texas that continues today. Visit Spindletop- Gladys City Boomtown Museum that commemorates the city's oil boom and let the staff reenact the "blowing of the gusher." Read more about Beaumont's Ford Park on pg. 22 Get Swamped in Lafayette Explore the bayous of Louisiana by taking a swamp tour or guided fishing trip. Then, relax in a float- ing guest cabin at McGee's Landing for a real bayou-living experience. Read more about Lafayette on pg. 23 Stroll The Historic Strand in Galveston Galveston's National Historic Strand District is filled with great stores and restaurants, and great history too. Walk the streets to see old Victorian architecture from the 1800s. Look carefully and you may even find evidence of the The Great Storm of 1900. If you crave more, The Strand has a variety of museums like a Mardi Gras museum and the tall ship Elissa. Read more about Galveston's historic Tremont House hotel on pg. 14 12 ConventionSouth JULY 2012 www.con v

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