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Welcoming in the Millenium

December 29, 1999|By MEG H. PARTINGTON

Don't want to spend New Year's Eve holed up at home waiting to see if the power goes out as the ball drops in Times Square? Why not join in the festivities being offered around the Tri-State area? At least you won't be alone if the Y2K bug bites.

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Here's a sampling of some of the social options available:

Ramada Inn




Ramada Inn, 901 Dual Highway in Hagerstown, is offering a New Year's package for those who want to celebrate, then stay overnight. For $309 per couple, the hotel provides a room, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, open bar, champagne and breakfast, says Phyllis Fisher, front office manager. Those who want to stay an extra night pay an additional $49.

Party Time, a Washington, D.C., band, will perform top 40 tunes throughout the night.

Doors at Barracuda Surf Bar open at 7 p.m.

In addition, The Tortuga Seafood Restaurant in the hotel is offering a special menu for the evening, including Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Seared Duck Breast, Crab Imperial Stuffed Maine Lobster and Lime and Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breast.

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Twilight's




The restaurant, at 43-45 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, will serve meals from 4:30 p.m. until everyone's gone, says Rae Paulson, dining room manager.

From 9 p.m. to midnight, the martini bar is offering an appetizer/hors d'oeuvre buffet for $29.95. Patrons can soak in the jazz/folk sounds of Backroads, a local band, beginning at 8 p.m.

There will be a champagne toast at midnight.

For reservations, which are recommended but not required, call 301-791-9700.

Charles Town Races




"This is the place to be if you don't want to make reservations anywhere else," says Brande Larrimore, promotions coordinator at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W.Va.

Live racing starts at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Simulcasting will continue all afternoon, and the gaming area will be open all day and night.

The dining room will be open during the races. Afterward, there will be more food offered, though Larrimore wasn't sure what the menu will include. She knew it would be creative, though.

"They're like artists," Larrimore says of the chefs at the track.

Musical entertainment starts at 9 p.m.

On the casino stage, on the first floor of the main gaming room, former Miss Jefferson County Dawn Rix will perform a variety of music. At the same time on the tent stage, former Miss West Virginia Melissa Hawkins will sing.

Big-screen televisions will be tuned into countdown celebrations.

The first 1,000 guests will receive a handheld flashlight as a gift - not that there's any concern of a power outage at the stroke of midnight.

"We are more than ready," Larrimore says.

There is no charge to attend the festivities at the track. General parking is free but there is a $3 charge for valet parking. A shuttle will be running for those who have to park far from the track entrance.

For information, call 1-304-725-7001.

Comfort Inn Martinsburg




The celebrating begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Comfort Inn Martinsburg on Edwin Miller Boulevard and continues to 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.

From 7 to 8 p.m., hors d'ouevres and appetizers will be served, and from 8 to 9 p.m. there will be a dinner buffet featuring prime rib and chicken. To cap off the evening on a sweet note, a dessert buffet will be offered from 11 p.m. to midnight. Each patron will receive two complimentary drink tickets, and there will be a cash bar.

Disc jockey J. Riley will provide dance music and act as master of ceremonies.

Other perks include door prize drawings every hour, party pictures, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors.

The cost is $99 per couple for dinner and the party. Room packages start at $149 per couple and include champagne on arrival.

Reservations are required. Call 1-304-263-6200.

Church activities




St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave. in Chambersburg, Pa., is hosting "First Night, A Celebration of Praise" from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

A magician will put on a show at 7:30 p.m. during the family-oriented, alcohol-free event. Contemporary Christian music will be performed all evening in the church's Family Life Center. In the nave, the church's chancel choir will sing at 9:30 p.m. and its chapel choir will give a concert at 10:15 p.m.

For youth, there will be a lock-in complete with rock music. Storytellers will be available for younger children, and free snacks will be provided throughout the evening.

The evening will conclude with a community worship service at 11:30 p.m., followed by Holy Communion.

For information, call the church at 1-717-267-3085.




Winchester Avenue Christian Church, at the corner of Winchester Avenue and Stephen Street in Martinsburg, W.Va., is ringing in the new year with a party and prayer.

The party, from 9 to 11 p.m., will include refreshments, games, door prizes and piano music by the Rev. Doug Hollida, pastor. The sanctuary will open for prayer at 11 p.m. and a worship service that will include music and Scripture readings will be from 11:20 p.m. to midnight.

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