MAY 2018

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M A Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 81 V I R G I N I A with 40,000 square feet of meeting space. "From its historic downtown to its brew- eries, Salem showcases Southern hospitality from its civic center to its unique mix of hotels and B&B's," said Carey Harveycutter, Salem director of tourism and tournament director for NCAA events. Harveycutter also noted that the Salem Civic Center anchors the James E. Taliaferro Sports and Entertainment Complex where 87 NCAA National Champions have been crowned. The civic center features a 6,000-seat arena, six breakout spaces and full-service catering. Salem is also home to the Salem Red Sox, a Minor League affiliate of the famed Boston baseball franchise. The Salem Red Sox play at Haley Toyota Field in the handsome Salem Memorial Ballpark. Harrisonburg Harrisonburg is a little more than 100 miles north of Roanoke in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Also known as Rocktown, Harrison- burg is home to James Madison University (JMU), a half-dozen historic homes and museums, an impressive arboretum and a thriving art scene to complement its dramatic landscape. I-81 brings you right to Rocktown but so will a direct flight to Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. JMU has a gorgeous 785-acre campus sitting amidst a hardwood forest and is home to the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, with five state-of-the-art performance venues. Harrisonburg has a new hotel and confer- ence center. Combined, Hotel Madison and the Shenandoah Valley Conference Center offer more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space, breakout rooms and a poolside terrace. An onsite restaurant is expected to open at the 230-room property in late summer. Martinsville-Henry County Near the North Carolina state line, Henry County lures small meetings and events with several meeting spaces, the Smithsonian-affil- iated Virginia Museum of Natural History and the recreational opportunities of Martinsville Speedway and Philpott Lake. Martinsville's New College Institute's Martin-Lacy Lecture Hall can accommodate up to 250 banquet-style and there are 16 rentable classrooms, all with quality A/V equipment and computer access. In Bassett, The Heritage Conference and Event Center offers 16,000 square feet in several rooms and has additional outdoor space while The Historic John D. Bassett High School can accommodate 250 for a banquet, has a rentable gym that can be used for meet- ings and exhibitions, has eight 40-seat breakout rooms, a 585-seat theater and a computer lab. In Collinsville, the 146-room Dutch Inn Hotel and Conference Center has 4,000 square feet of meeting space and a very popular restaurant. n WHEN YOUR MEETING SITE IS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. True, most meetings take place in… well, a room. But in Norfolk, a vibrant, edgy waterfront city is waiting to be explored! That energy infuses your event from start to finish, business to pleasure. Discover more at 1 - 8 0 0 - 3 6 8 - 3 0 9 7

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