New Year’s parties filling up fast

Local residents looking for a party New Year’s Eve, or just a pleasant evening out, may have few options to choose from this year as events are being booked up literally by the minute.
If you’re craving the European cuisine of La Flambée here, you’d better have reservations already the restaurant was full up with reservations as of yesterday.
For those thinking of lakeside dining and dancing, La Place Rendez-Vous’ dining room and lounge also are fully booked.
But there’s still hope for those who haven’t decided on plans yet.
The third-annual New Year’s Eve “Black and White Ball,” a semi-formal affair, is slated at the Red Dog Inn. The evening includes a buffet dinner, dance, party favours, and a chance to win a prize valued at $500 (which you must be present to win).
Tickets cost $35 per person, and they must be purchased in advance at the Red Dog Inn.
Meanwhile, those in the mood for a prime rib dinner, surf and turf, or Chicken Oscar still can make reservations at Emidio’s Garden Restaurant.
The meals include a choice of soups, salad, assorted breads, and toucha for dipping. Party favours and complimentary champagne also are included.
There are still spaces open for the two seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. The evening will be a black-tie affair.
The Rainy Lake Hotel also is serving dinner at 6 p.m., with three main courses to choose from–ribeye steak, tiger shrimp, or chicken breast. Each dinner comes with a side of potatoes and soup or salad.
And those wanting to stick around for a party in the lounge should know the doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a cover charge of $5 if you come after 8 p.m., and it’s advised you show up before 8:30 p.m. as it is usually full by then.
Local bands “Unity” and “Inside Out” will provide the entertainment, with party favours and an after-midnight snack to top off the night.
Anybody looking to “cut a rug” might want to look into the New Year’s Eve dance at the local Royal Canadian Legion. It will begin at 9 p.m., with music to be provided by “Milestone.”
Tickets cost $15 each or $25 per couple, which includes party favours and a luncheon after midnight. Tickets are still available at the Legion but they’re going fast.
For those who live in the district, the Emo Inn will be offering a New Year’s Chinese buffet featuring shrimp, chicken balls, vegetable stir fry, and fried rice, or a more traditional meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, soup of the day, and assorted salads.
Seatings will be at 5 and 7 p.m., and reservations are still being taken.