Hol­i­day rink ready for ice skaters

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker DWalker@RN-T.com

Like Santa Claus, Ste­fan Beck and Colin LaClair work sea­son­ally. Un­like Santa’s one night gig, LaClair and Beck get in about four months a year in­stalling tem­po­rary ice rinks for Ice Rink Events all across the coun­try. This week they’ve been busy set­ting up the 4,000-square-foot rink in the Fo­rum River Cen­ter.

The Fo­rum on Ice opens to the pub­lic Satur­day morn­ing at 10 a.m. but the rink will be ready Thurs­day night when Vargo Orthodon­tics has rented the rink for its clients to get a jump start on the hol­i­days. Fri­day a spe­cial Taste & Toast event will be held at the Fo­rum where guests who have bought tick­ets to en­joy sam­ples from some of Rome’s finest eater­ies will also be able to skate.

Once pub­lic skat­ing be­gins, peo­ple will pay $10 and re­ceive an arm­band that will be good for skat­ing all day. Chil­dren 4 and younger can skate for $3. There will be times how­ever when the rink is rented that it may not be avail­able for pub­lic skat­ing, de­pend­ing on the size of the group rent­ing the rink.

Thomas Kis­lat, the mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant at The Fo­rum River Cen­ter, said he got the idea for the rink while tak­ing his fam­ily to skate in pre­vi­ous years at rinks in At­lanta and Chat­tanooga. He thought, why not Rome?

“I pitched the idea to Sa­fari Hos­pi­tal­ity (which man­ages the Fo­rum for Floyd County) and to Lisa (Smith) at the con­ven­tion bureau and they were all very sup­port­ive,” Kis­lat said. “So we just made it hap­pen.”

The Fo­rum will have 300 pairs of skates avail­able in a wide range of sizes. Vis­i­tors can skate, then go Christ­mas shop­ping or out to en­joy one of the down­town restau­rants, then come back and skate some more, all for that ini­tial $10 fee, be­fore they call it a day.

Kis­lat said that peo­ple who just want to watch peo­ple skate can do so for free, and en­joy some con­ces­sions while they’re in the build­ing.

For those who have never been to an in­door rink, make sure to bring a coat as the tem­per­a­ture in the build­ing is cool so as to not slush up the ice.

The rink will be avail­able for pub­lic skat­ing seven days a week through Dec. 29, how­ever it will be closed on Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas Day. The rink will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day, 10 a.m. to mid­night Fridays and Satur­days and noon to 8 p.m. on Sun­days.

/ Doug Walker

Fo­rum River Cen­ter of­fi­cials Thomas Kis­lat (left) and Brent Po­plin look over the tem­po­rary ice rink that is be­ing pre­pared for the hol­i­day sea­son. The rink will open to the pub­lic Satur­day morn­ing at 10 a.m.

/ Doug Walker

Heather Hol­comb (from left), Hope Brook­shire and Cindy Col­lum work on dec­o­ra­tions for the Fo­rum River Cen­ter, which will wel­come an ice rink to the build­ing this week­end. The rink will be avail­able for pub­lic skat­ing through Dec. 29.

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