Sparkling wine glasses, black tablecloths, long-stemmed red flowers and show tunes played by violin and piano.
Those were just some of the elegant details featured at Meridian
Center’s grand opening Thursday evening. Elected officials, community volunteers and other local dignitaries were invited to a special “Celebration on Broadway” to commemorate the new conference center at 1420 E. Broadway Court in Newton.
“Tonight we celebrate this beautiful new conference center,” Mayor Ken Hall said. “… The Meridian Center is definitely quality and will be an asset to the community for years to come.”
Entertainment for the evening included a video produced by Super Collider Computers about the development of the conference center and the history of the Meridian Highway, for which the center is named; music by the Sunflower Trio; and a dance performance set to “Singin’ in the Rain” by the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts. Guests also enjoyed a special “flash mob”
performance of the song “On Broadway.”
Chris Tuohey, general manager of Sand Creek Station Golf Course (which, like the conference center, is managed by KemperSports), said the conference center is the result of hard work and collaboration, and he hopes community members take pride in the facility.
“It truly has been a great journey from the very beginning,” he said. “I can still remember in the very beginning with our shovels when we broke ground.”
He looks forward to seeing the center become a part of the community, like Sand Creek Station has.
“I am very confident that we’re going to have the same success here,” he said.
A public open house at the Meridian Center is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, followed by a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Members of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce are invited to tour the facility from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the center, contact 284-3100.