LIMA — Despite less than ideal weather, the Lima area celebrated the new year with a variety of activities Tuesday night.
Veterans Memorial Civic Center held the Lima Symphony Orchestra’s Music of the Knights, featuring the music of Elton John, Paul McCartney and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“It’s just this wonderful celebration of New Year’s Eve,” said Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, executive director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. “I think it’s a chance for a lot of people who don’t necessarily come into downtown a lot to maybe do that and to really explore everything that downtown has to offer. A lot of people I know tend to get a room at the Wingate and make a real night of it at and then go to one of the many restaurants and bars downtown as well.”
Having the annual concert at the Civic Center helps downtown bars and restaurants.
Zinum 12, at 134 W. High St., was a busy place. This was the establishment’s first New Year’s Eve since it’s been in operation and they’re looking forward to the year ahead.
“For us, we use this as our time to reboot and we have a lot of new things that we’re going to try this upcoming year. As far as entertainment stuff, we’re really going to start pushing our live entertainment. We’ve had it every Saturday night, some Fridays here and there but we’ve only been doing it once a weekend. We’re actually going to start doing bands every Friday and Saturday, and just having DJ here and there,” said Devin Muniz, manager of Zinum 12.
Muniz says he’s enthused about the excitement he’s seeing in the downtown area.
“We love it, especially the camaraderie between all the places downtown,” said Muniz.
The 318 Restaurant & Bar at 318 N. Main St. was also hopping Tuesday night.
“New Year’s Eve is important not only to us as business people but I think to the entire city so that we can end 2019 on a good note and start 2020 on a positive outlook for the city and the community,” said Ray Magnus, owner of 318 Restaurant & Bar.
The kids also had something to do New Year’s Eve.
Apex Sports Zone, at 4565 Elida Road, hosted an event that went into the wee hours of New Year’s Day.
“I know that parents sometimes have to struggle to find babysitters and the kids don’t get to do any fun activities during New Year’s Eve,” said Lisa Barnard, general manager at Apex Sports Zone. “So I wanted to open up the facility, (the kids) just playing games and having fun, giving them something to enjoy and hopefully give the parents some time to go have dinner and time for themselves at the same time.”
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