Celebrate the new year: A list of area events

December 24, 2009

After Christmas has come and gone, there's the fact that the Single-Digits Decade is almost over, and it's time to ring in 2010.

Short on plans? Not sure what's happening on Dec. 31? The Herald-Mail has rounded up a few events that might help you answer the question, "What are you doing on New Year's Eve?"

Compiled by Tiffany Arnold

'That Holiday Feeling'

Washington County Playhouse and Dinner Theatre finishes its run of "That Holiday Feeling," with a New Year's Eve show.

WHERE: Washington County Playhouse and Dinner Theatre 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The entrance is accessible via the City of Hagerstown's downtown public parking lot.


WHEN: 6 p.m. New Year's Eve

COST: Adult tickets, $35; $31, students and senior tickets; $20, children ages 5 to 11; free for children 4 and younger

CONTACT: Call 301-739-7469 or go to .

New Year's Extravaganza with Freddie Long

Straight out of Ijamsville, Md., the Freddie Long Band hopes to help revelers bring in the new year. Preparty dinner and champagne toast. Joe Daniel opens the show.

WHERE: Zodiac Bar & Grill at the Hagerstown Hotel & Convention Center, 1910 Dual Highway, Hagerstown

WHEN: New Year's Eve. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.; entertainment begins at 8 p.m.

COST: Entertainment only, $15. Dinner tickets $65 per person; $120 per couple. Dinner tickets include open bar and dessert.

CONTACT: For more information, call the hotel's sales staff at 301-790-3010 or e-mail . Call Hagerstown Hotel & Convention Center at 301-790-3010 for hotel packages.

New Years Eve Ball 2010

Buffet dinner, open bar, dessert station, champagne toast and balloon drop. Live music from Top 40 band Cry Monday.

WHERE: Hager Hall Conference & Event center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.

WHEN: New Year's Eve. Doors open, 7 p.m.; dinner starts at 9 p.m. with open bar until 1:30 a.m.

Cost: $65 per person; $120 per couple; $600 table of 10.

Contact: For tickets, call Hager Hall at 301-797-9004 and ask for Julia Lowe. For hotel rates and packages, call the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center at 301-733-5100.

New Year's Eve with Richie Fields

Features music by Richie Fields, with DJ music between sets. Appetizer buffet, champagne toast and party favors.

WHERE: Cancun Cantina West, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. It's the same complex as the Hager Hall/Clarion Hotel & Conference Center.

WHEN: New Year's Eve. 9 p.m. Appetizer buffet, 7 to 10 p.m.

COST: $30 per person; $40 per couple. Purchase tickets at Cancun Cantina West. Tickets, if available, can be purchased at the door.

CONTACT: Call Cancun Cantina West, 301-797-4422.

Justin Kalk Orchestra performs

The band formerly known as The Blue Sky Traffic returns to Hagerstown with a slightly different lineup for a New Year's Eve show at Broad Axe. Free champagne toast at midnight.

WHERE: Broad Axe, 28 W. Franklin St., downtown Hagerstown.

WHEN: New Year's Eve, 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

COST: $3 cover charge

CONTACT: Call the Broad Axe, 301-733-8454.

Polar Bear Plunge

Fundraiser for the Humane Society of Washington County; participants collect sponsorship pledges before plunging into the Potomac River. Prizes are awarded to the top two pledge collectors.

WHERE: River Bottom Park, Williamsport; park is adjacent to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

WHEN: Noon, Friday, Jan, 1.

COST: $25

Contact: Kim McGlaughlin at 301-733-2060, ext. 239. Get registration forms at the humane society's Web site,


Drop the Anchor Perennial New Year's Eve celebration with a midnight anchor drop.

WHERE: King and Earl streets, Shippensburg, Pa.

COST: Free

CONTACT: 717-532-5509

Carillon recital

Julia LIttleton from Bristow, Va., will present a carillon recital at midnight.

WHERE: Mercersburg Academy's chapel. The school is at 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa.

COST: Free

CONTACT: Call Mercersburg Academy at 717-328-6173.

New Year's Eve at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center of Historic Shepherdstown

Live music by Souled Out from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dinner is from 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 223 Lowe Drive, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

COST: Dance costs $40 in advance; $45 at the door. Dinner costs $24.95 for adults; $13.95 for 8- to 15-year-olds; free for ages 7 and younger.

CONTACT: Call 304-976-7000 for overnight packages; call 304-870-7010 for dinner and dance reservations.

Black-tie-optional masquerade ball.

Features Entertainment by Wicked Jezabel. Proceeds benefit a local LGBT organization. 8 p.m. silent auction and cash bar; dancing until 1 a.m.

WHERE: Comfort Inn of Martinsburg, 1872 Edwin Miller Blvd., Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: $65 per person; $145 for one room and one ticket; $210 for one room and two tickets. Reservations must be made to Patrick's Wish ticket offerings.

CONTACT: For information, call American Marketing at 240-625-9225 or Rainbow Connections LLC at 301-739-6629

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