Saturday was the first day of the scheduled week-long holiday break for the Fitton Center, and the extremely cold weather the region experienced is likely what caused the pipe to burst, officials said. Christmas Eve temperatures hovered around zero degrees.
“Having the green light from HFD to go ahead with this party is important,” MacKenzie-Thurley said. “It means the safety experts believe our efforts to get things back to normal have been on target, and people should be comfortable coming out. And believe me, after this experience, we will be more than ready to throw a party people will remember for a long time.”
The Fitton Center’s all-inclusive New Year’s Eve Special Event is from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and features a three-course dinner with bar service and a champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year. Breakfast will also be served after midnight.
The event is sponsored by 9258 Wealth Management, catered by Two Women in a Kitchen, and live entertainment will be performed by the River City Band.
“Luckily, the water damage was mostly limited to our entryway, dance studio, and office space,” MacKenzie-Thurley said. “We’ve been able to concentrate on preparing the Carruthers Signature Ballroom, Vista Room, and our gallery spaces.”
Complete Restoration Services is handling the cleanup. The company is owned by William E. Wilson, a competitive pumpkin carver whose work has been on display at Operation Pumpkin in Hamilton. He has also appeared on the Food Network’s Outrageous Pumpkins program.
NEW YEAR’S EVE @ THE FITTON CENTER
Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Special Event at The Fitton Center, 101 S. Monument St., Hamilton, are available by going online at www.fittoncenter.org/nye or calling 513-863-8873, ext. 110.
Though the Fitton Center is closed this week, staff will monitor the phone lines while cleaning up and preparing the rest of the facility for the event.