Hamil­ton Med­i­cal, Down­town De­vel­op­ment bring­ing Win­ter Won­der­land to Cal­houn

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Brandi Owczarz

An ex­cit­ing, af­ford­able, one-of-a-kind event is com­ing to down­town Cal­houn over a three-day pe­riod in De­cem­ber that’s sure to please all ages.

Be­gin­ning Thurs­day, Dec. 14, and run­ning through Satur­day, Dec. 16, down­town Cal­houn can en­joy Win­ter Won­der­land, the com­mu­nity’s very own ice skat­ing rink.

Hours on Thurs­day, Dec. 14 will be from 4 - 9 p.m.; Fri­day, Dec. 15 hours are 4 - 10 p.m. and on Satur­day, Dec. 16, the rink will be open all day from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. The event is very af­ford­able at $6 per per­son, which in­cludes ice skate rental and 30 min­utes of ice time. It is highly rec­om­mended for any­one wish­ing to ice skate to pur­chase tick­ets in ad­vance to pre­vent stand­ing in line at the event. Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at down­town­cal­hounga.com or by call­ing Suzanne Roberts at 706-602-5570.

The event is spon­sored by Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, who is also a spon­sor of Cal­houn’s BBQ, Boo­gie & Blues each year.

“Andy Bax­ter and I came up with the idea. We looked into the ven­ture and re­al­ized we would need a spon­sor,” said Suzanne Roberts, di­rec­tor of the Down­town De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity. “That’s where Hamil­ton comes in; they have gladly spon­sored the ice skat­ing rink.”

“We have been a part of the com­mu­nity for some time, in our en­tire sys­tem,” said Kim Reynolds, di­rec­tor of Planning and Mar­ket­ing with Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, who re­sides in Cal­houn. “From our physi­cian prac­tices to the Med­i­cal Cen­ter, we have a large per­cent­age of our as­so­ciate pop­u­la­tion that work for Hamil­ton that are from Cal­houn. We re­ally feel like we are part of this com­mu­nity and want to con­tinue to have that pres­ence here, and sup­port what is go­ing on in the Cal­hounGor­don County com­mu­nity. When Suzanne con­tacted us about this event, we jumped on it be­cause it’s such an ex­cit­ing event that’s com­ing to Cal­houn. To raise my fam­ily here, and to see my kids in­volved in this type of ac­tiv­ity and know­ing what all it’s go­ing to do and how the com­mu­nity in­vests in its peo­ple, we are very ex­cited about it.”

Ar­ti­fi­cial Ice Events will be bring­ing an ice skat­ing rink to the park­ing lot of the Down­town Cal­houn De­pot, lo­cated off of King Street. The rink will be 30 x 40 feet and will ac­com­mo­date up to 30 peo­ple in 30 minute time in­cre­ments. Ac­cord­ing to Roberts, there are boards and fenc­ing around the rink to pro­vide sta­bil­ity for skaters.

Through­out the three-day event, Andy Bax­ter of Bax­ter Dean Stu­dios will be tak­ing photos. Santa Claus will be on hand each evening from 7 - 9 p.m. for chil­dren to visit. Cop­per Creek Farms will have their food truck on hand each night and other food ven­dors, in­clud­ing a fun­nel cake truck, will be on hand pro­vid­ing tasty treats for ice skaters.

The an­nual Down­town Cal­houn Christ­mas Pa­rade of Lights will be held on Thurs­day, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Ice skat­ing will be held dur­ing and af­ter the pa­rade un­til 9 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase tick­ets, visit down­town­cal­hounga.com or call Suzanne Roberts at 706-602-5570.

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