Not too late to ring in New Year

If the fact that tomorrow is New Year’s Eve just hit you while reading this sentence, you probably don’t have anything planned to ring in 2003.
But don’t fret, there’s still time to find something to do.
New Year’s celebrations are plentiful here, no matter what you are looking to do.
If you’re interested in fine dinning and dressing up, La Flambée might be the place to go. A special menu is planned for tomorrow night, giving people the choice of appetizers, entrees, salads, and desserts.
According to staff, you pay for what you eat, and can choose between meals like steak and lobster or a rack of lamb.
The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. and will be open until people leave, meaning if you want to ring in the New Year there at midnight, you’re welcome to do so.
There will be decorations, party favours, and a friendly atmosphere.
La Place Rendez-Vous also will have its dining room open tomorrow from 4-10 p.m. for New Year’s festivities. You then can move to the lounge for champagne at midnight, making a night of it.
Meanwhile, there will be three seatings in the dining room at the Red Dog Inn tomorrow—at 5, 7:30, and 9 p.m. Then moving over to the bar for champagne also is an option to ring in the New Year, said Dianna Engstrom.
“The bar’s open for whoever wants to come and have fun,” she said, adding there will be decorations, party favours, and possibly some prizes to ring in the New Year.
“There will be happy things going on.”
La Flambée, the Rendez-Vous, and the Red Dog dining rooms all said reservations were necessary, though if there is room, no one will be turned away.
If Emo is closer to home, the Emo Inn is offering a New Year’s Eve buffet and the bar will be ready to party. A DJ will be spinning tunes, and you’ll get party favours and a midnight cheese and cracker lunch.
And if you’re looking to lose the tie and strap on your dancing shoes, the Rainy Lake Hotel has the party for you. “There’s a big bash in the bar,” said Giselle Struchy. “There’s a social going on here, too.”
The band “Wise Guys” is playing at the Rainy Lake Hotel tomorrow night. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. and the band will take the stage around 10 p.m.
Struchy said tickets cost $15, which includes a midnight buffet, noise makers, hats, and bubble makers. And if you get there early, there’s free hors d’oeuvres until 9 p.m.
The bar will be open until 3 a.m.
The social being held in conjunction with New Year’s celebrations is for a local couple who recently got married. Part of ticket sales will go to the couple.
Live music and New Year’s celebrations also can be found at Warp 9 tomorrow night. Drop by for details and to purchase tickets.
Planning a night out for New Year’s doesn’t stop at the destination. It’s very important to remember not to drink and drive, so getting to and from wherever you’re going is important to plan ahead, whether it’s a designated driver or calling a cab.
Paul Bock of North Air Taxi and Limo suggests people should expect some delays.
“It’s our busiest night of the year,” he noted. “ We try not to keep people waiting any longer than possible.”
Bock suggested people phone a little further ahead of time than they’re used to. He said the wait could be 30-45 minutes or longer.
“Try not to leave at certain times,” he said, adding the peak time for cab service is between 1 and 3 a.m.