TOWNSHIP OF BATH – Randy and Dana Jones, Brian Egbert and their family have waited five years for this day to come.
Thursday evening, they were not disappointed.
They were the ones who put on the biggest smile when a ceremonial ribbon was cut, marking the grand opening of 19 Hawthorne, a wedding and event venue built on what was once the last nine of the popular Hawthorne Golf Club. .
“It was worth the wait,” said Dana Jones. “We wanted something special and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”
The event center sits among rolling hills and a lake with a 60-meter cascading waterfall and covered bridge. Inside the building is a 31 foot cathedral ceiling with enough room for 300 guests.
Randy Jones attributes the rustic design to architect Pat Beam.
“We have known each other for 40 years and I knew he would find a way to highlight the beauty of nature with avant-garde design,” he said.
Beam laughed at the number of golf balls they encountered during construction. “We should have counted,” he laughed. Before the partners bought the property for $ 1.25 million in September 2016, the Hawthorne Golf Course was voted the best 19 of 19 golf course in The Lima News’ Best of the Region vote.
Chad Hughes, who manages the facility, plans not only to host wedding receptions there, but also corporate Christmas parties and training events. An outdoor amphitheater also offers the possibility of organizing concerts.
“I would love to see the Lima Symphony Orchestra perform here,” said Dana Jones.
When Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, the executive director of the symphony, heard this, her eyes lit up.
“We would love to have this opportunity. It would be such a beautiful setting, ”she said.
Hughes said the center has already booked 16 wedding receptions. He hosted his first wedding reception on July 31 for Caleb and Brooke Austin of Harrod.
Hughes can be contacted for further information at 567-712-7161 or on the 19 Hawthorne website.
19 Hawthorne Event Center is located near Fetter Road in the Township of Bath.