Shared from the 4/18/2018 Sandusky Register eEdition

Cedar Point hosting Bicentennial Ball

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Provided photo/JORDAN STERNBERG

The Cedar Point Ballroom will host the Bicentennial Ball, scheduled for April 28. Proceeds from the event will help cover costs for other activities planned throughout 2018 related to celebrating Sandusky’s 200th anniversary.

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It’s a special one-nightonly attraction offered at Cedar Point, where 800 people can simultaneously enjoy the ride.

The sold-out Bicentennial Ball takes place April 28 at the vaunted Cedar Point Ballroom. Doors open at 6:18 p.m., and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event, doubling as a fundraiser, will help cover costs for other activities planned all throughout 2018 related to celebrating Sandusky’s 200th anniversary.

Guests can expect to hear live entertainment performing tunes from various genres, including big band style, classical, rock ’n’ roll and pop. They can also enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, check out an art gallery and gaze at archival photographs capturing iconic images of Sandusky from yesteryear.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event you won’t want to miss,” ball co-chair Nancy Beach said. “You will be able to have a great time and really celebrate this great birthday party.”

Jason McClure, Cedar Point’s general manager and vice president, shared his enthusiasm for the event:

Q: Why partner with Sandusky’s government to host the Bicentennial Ball at the Cedar Point Ballroom?

JM: If you are going to throw a ball in Sandusky, there is no better place to do it other than Sports Force Parks at the Cedar Point Sports Center! Wait, not that kind of “ball”? Well, if you are going to throw a “ball” in Sandusky, there is absolutely no better place than the historic Cedar Point Ballroom in the coliseum on our main midway.

Q: Are you looking forward to the event?

JM: The Sandusky bicentennial celebration will be a great way to look back at the city’s past, recognize the history and then focus on the future. The best way to kick off the yearlong celebration is with a big party, and Cedar Point is excited to be part of it. I’m very much looking forward to the event. I know it is going to be a great time. I will be there, and I look forward to having some fun before Cedar Point opens for the season the following weekend.

Q: Can you share a little history about the ballroom?

JM: The ballroom is an amazing place with a rich history. Construction began in 1904, and it debuted in 1906. The current ballroom was last redecorated in 1939. While it is a great space, it has its challenges as a modern event space. It has been reserved for special events, like the 2017 Ohio State of the State Delegate Luncheon and this year’s Bicentennial Ball.

Q: Will the ball entice more events to happen in the ballroom?

JM: There are a lot of great places to hold events and activities on the Cedar Point Peninsula. From the Lakeside Pavilion to Hotel Breakers to our convention center, constructed in 1888, Cedar Point hosts catered events and meetings for companies and organizations from Ohio, the Midwest and beyond. We are always open to providing a great experience for our guests, whether a family visiting the peninsula for the day or weekend or an organization looking to hold a special event at “A Place Like No Other.”

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