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What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
Some party places to usher in 2007

By Danielle Komis
danielle.komis@decaturdaily.com· 340-2447

With New Year’s Eve falling on a Sunday this year — when local alcohol sales are prohibited — the party is dead before it starts.

Because of this glitch, many local restaurants and bars are not throwing New Year’s parties, though a few have events planned Saturday night for those interested in celebrating the big night early.

Local restaurant and bar Café 113 will be closed Sunday, but will be open for normal dinner hours on Saturday night. However, it will forgo any New Year’s Eve festivities that night, said owner Victor Melonas.

“In the past we have done some stuff like that on Saturday but it’s usually kind of hit or miss,” he said.

For once, he will get to enjoy the holiday with friends, he said.

“Once every seven years, I get off to do something,” he said.

So if you were planning on going out this New Year’s Eve, be prepared to go with the flow and pretend that New Year’s Eve is Saturday, or hit the open road to find festivities involving alcohol, music and dancing and make the best of a tricky situation.

Pre-New Year’s Eve

SATURDAY NIGHT

DECATUR

Big Daddy Kingfish at Hard Dock Café

Where: 3755 U.S. 31 S.

When: 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $3

Cover includes a midnight champagne toast and party favors. Call 340-9234.

Curry’s

Where: 115 Johnston St. S.E.

When: Reservations available from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Varies; no set menu

The restaurant is open to the public Saturday night for pre-New Year’s Eve dinner reservations. Call 350-6715.

New Year’s EVE

ATHENS

Sassy’s Fraz New Year’s Eve Party

Where: 108 W. Market St.

Time: 8 p.m.-midnight

Cost: $25 per person

Enjoy live music, dancing heavy appetizers, karaoke, and a non-alcoholic champagne toast at midnight. For reservations, call 771-0400.

Huntsville

New Year’s Eve Skate

Where: Ice complex at 3185 Leeman Ferry Road

Time: 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Band starts at 9 p.m.

Cost: $10 (includes admission, skates and party hat)

All ages can enjoy the live music of Chaos N’ Disorder while skating. Call 883-3774.

Huntsville Symphony Pops Concert “Satchmo and the Sounds of New Orleans.”

Where: Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $27 to $60

Join trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, guest conductor Bill Grimes and the HSO in a trip down memory lane with a string of hits that will reveal the heart and soul of New Orleans’ native son, Louis Armstrong. Call 539-4818.

Sammy T’s New Year’s Eve concert with Blackeyed Susan and DJ Doc Roc

Where: 116 Washington St.

Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 9

Cost: $20 per person, $30 per couple

Drink specials all night. Call 539-9974.

New Year’s Eve All Night Skate at Roller Coasters

Where: 6921 U.S. 431 S., Hampton Cove

Time: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Cost: $10 (includes admission, skate rental, party favors, balloon drop and breakfast.) Call 533-SKATE.

New Year’s Eve Night Hike at Hays Nature Preserve

Where: U.S. 431 South past Hampton Cove, left at mile marker 324

Time: 9 p.m. to midnight

Cost: Free

Bundle up for a night hike, fire & potluck. You will get home in plenty of time to watch the Ball Drop. Bring a blanket & something unusual to eat to share with others (bring a utensil if necessary). Call 427-5116.

New Year’s Eve at Holiday Inn Select

Where: 401 Williams Ave.

Time: Dinner at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. Entertainment begins at 9 p.m.

Cost: Room and party packages are $199 to $249 plus tax. Various packages include room, party favors, champagne, drink coupons and party tickets. Cost at door is $45 per person, $40 in advance, when not part of room and party package.

Bands playing are Time Machine (classic rock), Charlie Lyle Combo Band (Big Band), Rocket City Jazz 21-piece Orchestra (Jazz), and Music Machine DJ. Call 533-1400.

Holiday Inn Research Park “Pirates of the Caribbean” New “Yarrghs” Eve

Where: 5903 University Drive

Time: 7 p.m., dinner served from 7 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $219 plus tax per couple for Pirates of the Caribbean package

room, buffet, champagne toast, late night pastry and coffee plus, and breakfast buffet) or

$159 plus tax per couple for Treasure Island package, which includes all of the above except dinner.

Tickets sold at the door for admission only are $25 per person.

Enjoy the Music Of Rudy Mockabee and the Music Company in our Crows’ Nest Ballroom and DJ Steve Metz in Hopper’s Bar and Grill. Call 830-0600.

Birmingham

Hats and Horns Societe Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Benefit Gala

Where: B& A Warehouse

1533 First Ave. S.

Time: Doors open at 8 p.m., bands start at 9 p.m.

Cost: $100 per person

Mother Mercy and Hashbrown will play until 1 a.m. A dinner buffet and open bar are offered, along with a champagne toast at midnight and a silent auction. Visit www.hatsandhorns.com.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham

Where: Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Ave. N.

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ,with after party starting directly after

Cost: $15 to $70 for concert, $80 per person or $150 per couple for after- party

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will present a gala evening filled with sumptuous Strauss waltzes, exhilarating polkas, virtuoso violin performances and sparkling champagne to welcome in the New Year during its third annual New Year’s Eve Concert in the elegant old-world setting of the Alabama Theatre. The after-party is at the McWane Science Center and includes cocktail supper, complimentary beer and wine, champagne toast and live music and dancing. Call (205) 251-7727.

WorkPlay “Evolution”

Where: 500 23rd St. S.

Time: 9 p.m.

Cost: $75 before Dec. 26 or $85 after Dec. 26. Discounts for groups of 10 or more.

WorkPlay will be transformed into a celebration across the United States for one night only with four different rooms specifically catered with food, drink specials, entertainment and decorations to represent each time zone. Live music from Lava Lamp and the Magic City Orchestra, as well as six DJ’s throughout the night. Call (205)380-4082.

Historic Rucker Place

Where: 1804 12th Ave S.

Time: 8:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $75 per person

Enjoy a decadently delicious buffet dinner from 8:30 pm to10:30 pm then dance the night away to live music, featuring the legendary Foxxy Fats. Open bar offered and champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required. Call (205) 558-2485.

NASHVILLE

New Year’s Eve Celebration on the General Jackson Showboat

Where: 2812 Opryland Drive

Time: Boarding at 8 p.m., departure at 8:30 p.m.

Cost:137.60 per person plus 3.75 handling fee

You’ll experience world-class service as you enjoy an elegant four-course dinner including the chef’s New Year’s Eve Fantasy Dessert. After dinner, you’ll dance your way into the New Year to the sounds of the Craig Duncan Orchestra. This special evening comes complete with hats, noisemakers, and midnight toast. Call (615) 458-3900.New Year’s Eve Delta Island Party at Gaylord Opryland Resort

Where: 2800 Opryland Drive

Time: 8 p.m. Cost: Gaylord Opryland $350-$401
Radisson Hotel Opryland $314 per person for two night room accomodations and Delta Island party, a dinner cruise on the General Jackson and New Year’s Day brunch.

The entire Delta Island will be transformed into Nashville’s most unique New Year’s Eve party featuring live music and dancing, appetizers, and Nashville’s Largest Indoor Fireworks Show synchronized with music, and lasers! Dance the night away to the music of ReMIX - Live from Las Vegas! Call (615) 889-1000.

New Year’s Eve Delta Masquerade Gala

Where: 2800 Opryland Drive

Time: Boarding at 8 p.m., departure at 9 p.m.Cost: Gaylord Opryland Nashville $435 - $488
Radisson Hotel Opryland $399 per person for two night room accomodations and Gala, a dinner cruise on the General Jackson and New Year’s Day brunch.

Bring your disguise to the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Gala featuring a four-course dinner and dancing with live music by The Craig Duncan Orchestra. Call (615) 889-1000.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Level 88 Jazz Bistro

Where: 609 Ninth Ave. S.

Time: 9 p.m.

Cost: $20 at the door, which may increase later in the night

DJ Whitie on the 1’s and 2’s. Free buffet. Champagne toast at midnight with party favors. VIP tickets available. Call (615) 254-4399. New Year’s Eve Bash featuring Guilty Pleasures

Where: Cannery Ballroom, One Cannery Row

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 advance, $25 day of show

Don’t you forget to check out this local ‘80s cover band at this legendary music hall.

Champagne toast at midnight. Call (615) 251-3020.

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