JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 38 between 80 and 700 for dinners or accommo- date up to 2,500 for receptions. Available spaces at the University of Arkan- sas include more than 20 meeting rooms at Arkansas Union with classrooms to seat up to 60, a ballroom that can seat 600 for the- ater-style presentations and a 247-seat theater. In addition, the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development has a 300-seat auditorium and meeting rooms for between 10 and 100 people; the Faulkner Performing Arts Center can seat up to 587; and the Global Campus has 12 meeting rooms in 11,000 total square feet of function space and can accom- modate up to 350 for meetings. Located in downtown, the Walton Arts Center has a 1,200-seat main theater and a smaller 250-seat theater with retractable seats. The Pace Balcony is a 4,384-square-foot venue that can host up to 600 for receptions. The cen- ter has additional reception and banquet spaces, and an outdoor amphitheater and garden that can accommodate up to 200 for receptions. Other spaces for events include the Arkansas Air & Military Museum, which can host up to 400 people; the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, with indoor space for up to 90 people and outdoor space for up to 250; the Clinton House Museum, which offers dinner seating for up to 50; and the Mount Sequoyah Confer- ence Center, which has 10 classrooms for up to 75 people each and a 400-seat auditorium. The largest hotel with function space is The Chancellor Hotel, with 206 guest rooms and suites, and 14,000 square feet of event space, including a 4,800-square-foot ballroom and five event rooms. The hotel can host up to 600 for banquets. Other lodging with event space includes Hilton Garden Inn and Confer- ence Center, with 115 guest rooms and 8,500 square feet of function space; Courtyard by Marriott Fayetteville, with a 1,500-square- foot meeting room; and the 95-room Hampton Inn Fayetteville, which has a 900-square-foot meeting room. Pratt Place Inn, Fayetteville's only AAA Four Diamond lodging, is an eight- room historic bed and breakfast inn set on 140 acres near campus. The Inn's Great Lawn can accommodate up to 1,500 guests for parties or receptions. Bentonville Continuing to grow its reputation as a culinary destination, Bentonville now boasts a James Beard Foundation finalist among its restau- rants. The Preacher's Son, which opened in 2016 in a renovated church, is one of three finalists in the 2018 Outstanding Restaurant Design category, according to Visit Benton- ville. The city is also home to Brightwater, an accredited culinary school that features class- rooms, kitchens and dining areas that are avail- able for group rental. The top special-event facility in Bentonville is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces, including the Frank Lloyd Wright House Lawn. In the museum, the light-filled Great Hall can seat up to 220 for dinners and the restaurant, Eleven, can host 500 for a re- ception. Other event facilities in the city include the 1,190-seat Arend Arts Center; Bentonville Workplace, which has meeting rooms for up to 20 people; CROSSMARK Collaboration Center, which can seat up to 100 for the- ater-style presentations; Record, a downtown venue that can accommodate parties, events and receptions for up to 1,000 guests; and Compton Gardens and Conference Center, which can seat up to 60 for dinners. The Museum of Native American History, which features exhibits with artifacts dating back 14,000 years, can host group tours or dinners A R K A N S A S B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Fort Smith Fort Smith has been designated a Top 10 True Western Town by True West magazine every year since first being submitted for the honor in 2013, and visitors can relive the history that inspired the book and movie True Grit at historic sites and attractions such as the former bordello that now serves as the city's Miss Laura's Visitor Center and the Fort Smith National Historic Site where "Hanging" Judge Isaac C. Parker and his deputy U.S. Marshals brought infamous outlaws to justice. On Sept. 24, 2019, the city will celebrate the long-awaited opening of the U.S. Mar- shals Museum, according to Claude Legris, executive director for the Fort Smith CVB: "The museum will have three permanent galleries and one rotating gallery that will share the illustrious history and modern-day elements of the U.S. Marshals Service. This is going to add a 50,000-square-foot world- class museum facility, iconic in design and transformative in experience, that that will also offer an immaculate space for meetings and events, right along the mighty Arkansas River." n Contact: Sampling Swiss Style Wines One of four wineries in the Fort Smith area, Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, located on the southern slopes of the Ozark Mountains, is the oldest and largest winery in mid-America. Boasting 135 years of pride in making fine Arkansas wines following their Swiss-German winemak- ing heritage, the Wiederkehr family carries on a tradition begun in 1880. Vineyards surround the winery, designed in the Swiss alpine style, overlooking the Arkansas River valley. Tast- ing tours are available throughout the year and Weingarten Hall, which can accommodate 300, features a stage, full bar and catering by Weinkeller Restaurant, located on the property. Fort Smith US Marshals Museum Fort Smith CVB Foodie Fun!

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