Social celebrations par for the course on New Year’s Eve

If you don’t feel like staying at home tomorrow night to ring in the New Year but would rather check out the festive atmosphere at local restaurants or bars, chances are something “party-like” will be going on there.
And if you are picky, you’re still in luck. The selection of parties is as broad as it gets–with everything from a semi-formal affair to a country dance up for grabs.
Here in Fort Frances, a number of New Year’s parties are on the go, including one at the Rainy Lake Hotel where owner/manager Larry Syrovy is expecting a big crowd when the door opens at 7:30 p.m.
“We are going to have a big New Year’s Eve party in the lounge where we will be serving a full buffet,” he said. “We recommend that people come early because we are usually full by 8:30.”
The lounge there can accommodate 229 people and he stressed that number probably would be met–and certainly adhered to.
“That’s our capacity and that’s how many people we will look after and party with,” he added.
Syrovy said admission is $12 at the door, and is on a “first come, first serve” basis.
Besides the meal and a glass of champagne at midnight, the admission fee also includes live entertainment from the band “Wound Up Tight.”
“They are a very energetic, very versatile band,” he said, noting their range of music included rock, country, and alternative sound.
The dining room at the Rainy Lake will operate under regular hours New Year’s Eve, closing at 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, anyone looking for a party with a dress code can still get in on the semi-formal “Black and White” affair in the Red Dog Inn ballroom, which gets underway with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at seven.
But don’t wait too long to buy your ticket–sales are going fast.
“The ballroom is nearly 80 percent full,” Red Dog manager John Chan said yesterday.
Tickets cost $30 each, which includes a meal, party favours, and entertainment by “Dan’s Muzik.” They can be purchased from Paul Bock, Mike Belluz, or at the Red Dog.
Chan also noted there will be a party in the Red Dog lounge, with tickets to that costing at $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Party favours also are included.
But country music lovers who haven’t yet purchased their ticket to the New Year’s “Country Ball” at the Fort Frances Legion may be out of luck if they wait much longer, Legion president Brian Hatch warned.
The event, which features “Milestone Country Band” and a special guest appearance by “Elvis,” proved to be a real hit last year and that’s resulted in a near sellout for its return tomorrow night.
“They packed the place. They put on a real good show,” Hatch enthused of last year’s event. “As far as I know, it’s pretty much sold out [again].”
For ticket reservations, call 274-4095 or 274-9361.
For those wanting to party outside of town tomorrow night, the Emo Inn is where it’s at. Hotel manager Val Kellar noted party-goers who head into the Back Alley Bar there will be greeted with live entertainment from “The Outsiders” band.
“They are back by popular demand,” she said yesterday, admitting ticket sales had been slow so far but adding she was expecting that to turn around quickly.
Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door, which includes party favours, a light lunch, and door prizes.
The Emo Inn also is serving up a Chinese/roast beef buffet in its dining room Wednesday night, with two reserved seatings planned for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Fort Frances Curling Club had planned to have a New Year’s Eve party, complete with a dinner and dance, but not enough advance tickets were sold to warrant holding it, manager Rick Grenda said.
“We’re having nothing this year. We tried–you name it–but we couldn’t get enough people,” he noted.
“We sold some tickets but not anywhere near the numbers we were looking for,” he added, chalking up the poor sales to public indecision on what to do with their evening.
La Place Rendez-Vous is closed New Year’s Eve as the Mill Employees’ Club (MEC) holds its annual dinner/dance festivities there tomorrow evening.
The White Pine Inn also won’t be open New Year’s Eve as it traditionally closes its doors to the public that night.