A regional roundup of party proposals
By Erin Crowell
The time is upon us to welcome the double digits of a new decade. 2010
is coming, and oh, how nice it will roll off the tongue.
See ya later two thousand and nine.
You could sit around in your pajamas on December 31, but why not
choose from a list of New Years Eve events happening all around
Northern Michigan. Check them out and have a happy (and safe) New
New! Cherry T-Ball Drop Its the Times Square version, only a bit
smaller, says Brian Sweebe, one of the event organizers. The 200 block
of Front Street in downtown Traverse City will be blocked off for a
NYE celebration, complete with a giant cherry drop from the sky as
the clock strikes midnight.
The giant cherry will be dropped from a crane, already conveniently
located on the DargaWorks building site, located next to Horizon Books
on the corner of Park and Front streets. We wanted to drop a giant
cherry, much like Times Square, and we happen to have a very large
crane downtown right now, said Thom Darga in a recent
The event includes a main stage with live music. There is no admission
fee, but Goodwill Industries will be onsite collecting donations,
canned goods and personal hygiene items. Participating restaurants
will be open late.
NYE in Petoskey Celebrate with dance workshops, live music, and
hands-on art projects at the Crooked Tree Arts Center; followed by a
Times Square-style ball drop on Division Street. For more info, and
tickets visit crookedtree.org. Activities start at 5pm.
New Years Eve Celebration at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa
Theres a NYE party for every age, including a Wild West Family
Round-Up Party, a teen DJ dance party, Vista Lounge Party for 21 &
older, torchlight parade, and fireworks over the mountain. Advanced
reservations required for certain activities. Visit
crystalmountain.com or call 231-378-2000.
Live Entertainment - Comedian Kenny Smith, along with Princess Laura
and 74 Marauder, will perform at Turtle Creek Casinos Level 3 Lounge.
This 21 & older event starts at 7:30pm.
Dances of Universal Peace Global Peace Dance happening at Llama
Meadows Eco Farm Retreat Center, Benzonia, starting at 7pm.
Meditative, multicultural circle of dances held every year on Dec. 31.
Bring your dancing shoes. Refreshments to follow. Call 231-882-4933.
Hard rock bands Machine Gun Rodeo and Callous will rock out the
crowd at The Terminals Platinum X Lounge, for ages 18 & older. Club
doors open at 9:30pm. Includes champagne toast and party favors.
New Years Eve Community Luau Family event featuring a
tropical-themed party at New Hope Church of Christ in Benzonia, from
8pm-midnight. Enjoy games, movies, exotic food and great fun. Call
231-882-480 for info.
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa New Years Eve Celebration Dancing
Through the Decades features tunes from the Big Band days all the way
through today, with live music by the Simone Vitale Band. Held in the
Governors Hall, 6pm-2am. Reserve your spot at
grandtraverseresort.com. Rojo Loco will be performing Latin-infused
music in Aerie Lounge, located on the 16th floor of the Tower,
9:30pm-1:30am. Kids ages 6-14 are invited to the Health Club and
indoor pool, 7pm-1am for tennis, games, crafts, pizza party and more.
Reserve your spot at 231-534-6770.
SwingShift and the Stars -- Its the finale of the charity
dance-off. Six local celebrities and six dance instructors will
perform their last number at the City Opera House in Traverse City.
Visit SwingShiftandtheStars.com for tickets.
Thornetta Davis Band Fundraiser -- The Mid North Michigan Blues
Society is hosting a fundraiser for Detroit blues singer Thornetta
Davis, who will be competing at the International Blues Challenge in
Memphis, TN in January. The fundraiser will be held at the UAW Local
Hall in Traverse City, starting at 7pm. Special guest duo Juke will
open at 8pm, followed by a special performance by Thornetta Davis.
Tickets, $30 or $50 per couple. Visit www. mnmbs.org.