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GAVIN STEWART/HICKORY DAILY RECORD: Gilda Caputo-Hansen comes to Catawba from Long Island with 35 years in event experience. Hansen says The Landmark 1896 is where New York meets North Carolina.

There’s a new event venue in downtown Catawba prepared to host celebrations of all types.

The Landmark 1896 is located on the ground floor of the Historic Sherrill’s Tobacco Company building, at 100 S Main Street. The 4,500-square-foot space was seldom used for events prior to April.

Landmark executive and chief creative officer Gilda Caputo-Hansen discovered the building and owner Dina Griff while consulting with a North Carolina company in January. After collaborating with Griff, Hansen devised the venue vision and name.

“My philosophy with this place is I want this to be more of a community center. I want this used all the time,” Hansen said.

Hansen, 58, says the venue is capable of seating 200 people and hosting weddings, birthdays, showers, reunions, corporate gatherings and a variety of parties.

To kick off business, Hansen will host community New York Pasta Night dinner parties once a month as well as a summer school for 6-8 grade students to learn about manners, bullying, safety and life skills in general.

Hansen comes to Catawba with professional experience in marketing, photography and events, but she also plans to use her community and outreach experience from her time at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and the American Society of Hypertension for health events at the venue.

“What I want to do here is once a month based upon the disease awareness month … I’m going to bring in someone, like a physician, to talk to the community about those issues,” Hansen said. “Every time we do something in this town, there will be a health component. It’s a different spin on things.”

For more information, visit thelandmark1896.com or find the venue on Facebook.

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