Black Meetings and Tourism

September/October 2014

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B M & T ••• Septemebr/October 2014 ••• 44 AREA GUIDES S I T K A MEETING IN SITKA PROVIDES GREAT OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE BY DON LITTLETON Some very special places on earth seem to be forged for the curious and adventurous souls who demand diversity and grandeur in their travels. Those who venture for out-of-the-ordinary, majestic and lush places, Sitka proudly beckons. For the seekers of treasures, natural, cul- tural and historical, Sitka is that treasure island. With an indigenous culture dating back over 5 thousand years, and Centuries old European influences, Sitka Alaska offers an absolute cornucopia of customs and traditions. Today, the native peoples still thrive, as do the resources that sustained them, and when modern society meets the inspirational and captivating beauty of this lush land the result is a diverse com- munity rich in creativity, warmth and hos- pitality. Meeting and event planners will also find a variety of facilities capable of pro- viding an environment in which their col- leagues and/or delegates will certainly flourish. From simple hotel meeting spaces to a spectacular, state-of-the-art performing arts center, a traditional con- vention center and an historic college campus, Sitka is truly Alaska's Art & Soul. With seating for over 600 people and an adjacent room for receptions or after-par- ties, the new Sitka Performing Arts Center is ready to make your musical or dramatic events spectacular. Some other venues and sites to con- sider for your next event include The Harrigan Centennial Hall, as well as The Totem Square Hotel & Marina and The Westmark Sitka Hotel. Whether you're planning a recep- tion, company meeting, board retreat, or fund-raising event, make it memo- rable aboard an Allen Marine vessel. Imagine your group on a catered evening cruise or a wildlife viewing adventure in beautiful Sitka Sound. The charter coordinator can assist with planning and work with you to ensure that your charter is a wonderful experi- ence for all on board. While in Sitka, conference or meet- ing attendees are encouraged to explore the region's natural habitat and delve into the many cultural activities the city has to offer. Constructed on a site that once housed the Indian Government School, the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House offers Native dance performances in full regalia, story telling, cultural events, a unique gift shop with authentic Native artwork, and houses the largest stunning hand-carved house screen ("Lovebirds") in Southeast Alaska. Located in the downtown area on Katlian Street, next to the Pioneers Home. This unique building can be rent- ed for various events. Roof top view of Sitka downtown Photo Credit: Ramunas Bruzas Crescent Bay, Sitka, Alaska Photo Credit: Harris Shiffman

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