LIMA —- Lima area residents rang out 2017 and welcomed 2018 in a wide variety of ways Sunday night.
Over at Lima’s Civic and Convention Center, there was the traditional Lima Symphony Orchestra concert. This year, the event featured the orchestra and the group Five By Design, entertaining the audience with the “Music of the Mad Men Era.”
“We always try to put together a great show. Sometime we really have to work. I was thinking earlier today, we did the Charlie Chaplain films a few years ago and boy that was work, but this show is a difficult show for us but it’s a great show. It’s always great tunes from the 50s and 60s. We have five wonderful vocalists, just a great show,” according to Crafton Beck, conductor of the Lima Symphony Orchestra.
Working on New Year’s Eve is the norm for the orchestra, something Beck actually looks forward to.
“I love working New Year’s Eve because everybody needs a place to go and everybody wants to have a great time and the orchestra is the same way. We really enjoy getting to do this music,” he said.
The concert started at 7:30 p.m. and was finished about 90 minutes later, giving people a chance to depart afterwards to enjoy Lima’s nightlife.
“This was the first year that we took reservations for the New Year’s Eve festivities and we were quite surprised that we had 100 percent booking. We were really pleased. And it’s not just us — Old City Prime is packed, The Met is packed. It’s nice that people finally have enough things to do in this area where going out of town doesn’t have to be an option to have a good time on New Year’s Eve,” Vino Bellissimo co-owner Marc Reinicke said.
These businesses are also making sure that their patrons don’t leave the establishment intoxicated and intending to drive.
“We have to. It’s as much our responsibility as theirs, and thankfully now Lima’s caught up to the 21st century with Lyft being available to people. We’re seeing more and more people take advantage of ride-sharing services and taxi cabs. You know, we’ve been thankful that we see the same people over and over again because they have confidence in us that we’re going to take care of them, and we have confidence in them that they’re going to take care of us,” Reinicke said.
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