Area offers many ways to ring in the new year

January 03, 2002

Area offers many ways to ring in the new year


Dinner, dancing, skating or skiing - those still looking for a place to ring in the new year have a variety of choices in the Tri-State area.

Tickets are still available for several New Year's Eve events. Most offered a night of live music, dancing and champagne toasts at midnight.

The Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex and the slopes at Whitetail will be open until 1 a.m.

The ice complex on Security Road will host up to 200 skaters from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $15, and includes skate rental and food.

At Whitetail Mountain Resort near Mercersburg, Pa., special late night $12 lift tickets will allow access to the slopes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The ski resort is also hosting a New Year's Eve party in the ski lodge, which will include dinner and dancing. Tickets for the adults-only party, which starts at 7 p.m., are $30 per person or $59 if a lift ticket is included in the purchase.


Anyone planning to attend the Whitetail party should make reservations by this afternoon.

In Hagerstown, the Clarion Hotel on Dual Highway is continuing the traditional New Year's Eve party held at the hotel when it was known as the Ramada.

As many as 400 people are expected at the party, which starts at 7 p.m. with an open bar, then dinner and dancing into the new year, General Manager Jim Crumrine said.

Tickets cost $199 per couple, or $259 per couple if also staying in one of the hotel rooms for the night.

But even with the large number of people expected, Crumrine said the party usually sells out, with about 500 people attending.

"It's been a lot slower forming this year. Whether it's Sept. 11 or the economy I don't know," he said.

Elsewhere, party planners said the crowds seem average for this New Year's Eve.

As of Friday afternoon, the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va. had only 35 tickets left for its 24th annual New Year's Eve party. For $90 per person, partygoers will have a 9 p.m. dinner, followed by dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. At 1:30 a.m., there will be a breakfast buffet.

Inn owner Erwin Asam said tickets typically sell out the day of the event, and he expects they will this year too.

"This is like any other normal year," Asam said. "We were rather fortunate. ... We still have three days to go. We'll fill up, no problem."

The Venice Inn, also on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, is selling tickets for its New Year's Eve party, which includes an open bar, dinner and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets cost $149 per couple, or $199 if also reserving a hotel room.

Venice Inn Director of Catering Roberta Harner was expecting a small crowd this year, thinking the recent terrorist attacks would prompt more people to stay home. But instead, about 300 tickets have been sold, which she said is average for the party.

In West Virginia, Charles Town Races and Slots is holding a New Year's Eve party in its Silverado Night Club.

As of Friday afternoon, there were about 100 tickets left for the party, which will include a buffet, dancing and a champagne toast to ring in the new year. Tickets are $50 per person, and are available at the door.

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