RICHMOND (WRIC)—The annual Carytown Ball Raise may have been canceled, but the ball still rose Tuesday night to ring in 2014.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery announced it would host the festivities at the last minute Tuesday afternoon. On the night of Dec. 31, dozens of Richmonders celebrated the arrival of the New Year at the brewery.
Just one day ago, it appeared the ball raise wouldn't happen at all, but Hardywood gave partiers one more reason to celebrate.
"We were looking for something to do," Stephanie Elliot said, who attended the event with her friend, Barbara Araugo.
"Actually, we found out about it on Facebook," Araugo said.
Both were happy to learn the Carytown New Year's Eve ball would indeed rise again.
"I was surprised, first of all—very excited that it was gonna happen," Elliot said.
The Ball Raise almost didn't happen at all; the Carytown Merchants Association canceled the annual event earlier this month, saying it's outgrown Carytown. That didn't stop Todd Schall-Vess, the manager of the Byrd Theatre, where the ball usually rises.
"I was bound and determined, as one of the original organizers of the Carytown New Year's Eve event, that the ball was going to rise somewhere in Richmond tonight," Schall-Vess said.
Patrick Murtaugh, the co-founder of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, said, "It's cool to see what's become a Richmond tradition over the past several years be able to continue through us."
At the stroke of midnight, Richmonders welcomed in 2014 with an old tradition in a new place.
"It's about Richmond and it's about the people in Richmond," Schall-Vess said.
Schall-Vess says the brewery is a temporary spot for the Ball Raise, and that he's already scoping out other possible locations for next year.
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