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Party time

New Year's Eve is a prime-time party by any account.

Moreso when it's paired with a personal milestone. Robert and Carol Arrom celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary with the Fitton Center Dec. 31 at its New Year's Eve Special Event.

The happy couple weren't the only people celebrating more than the arrival of 2023.

Isabella Saylor kept close eye on the countdown clock ticking down the hours, minutes and seconds to midnight above the stage. She turned 21 on Jan. 1 and enjoyed what was - according to friends, family and the birthday girl herself - the very first taste of champagne she ever had right up on stage when the calendar flipped.

The River City Band wrapped up the traditional "Auld Lang Syne" at midnight and went straight into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Isabella joined by the entire Carruthers Signature Ballroom.

Even without a bonus occasion, guests partied hard.

Coming into the event, River City Band drummer/vocalist Billy Byrd said the group was "planning on getting people out of their seats and keeping them out,” a promise on which they delivered.

From the opening notes of Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" to start the evening to a giant conga line chugging around the room to "Love Train" just before the 30-second countdown, people packed the dance floor all night.

If the rest of 2023 is half as fun as its first hour, we're in for an amazing year. Thanks again to everyone who put the "special" in our Special Event, including event sponsor 92578 Wealth Management, catering partner Two Women in a Kitchen, the River City Band and all the guests who chose to spend the biggest party night of the year at the Fitton Center.

We're so proud to be part of the Hamilton community and to help people make lasting memories.

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