As long as I have been alive, people have been asking each other the question of all questions. This little nugget of inquisition pops up every year, as Christmas comes to a close and we head, head-first, into a new calendar year. And, for many, new beginnings.Seven easy words comprise the question. One would think it would be easier to answer. Think again. "What's going on for New Year's Eve?" may go down in history as the one question that may never find its true answer. As perfect as we want to make this last night of the year, New Year's Eve can end up as one of those evenings that doesn't make much sense. New Year's Eve can also be one of the most clairvoyant of all the nights of the year. Maybe it's not as hard to answer as we thought.You decide.Here are a few of the New Year's Eve options in the valley I think will offer up a night to remember. And maybe, finally, answer that age-old question.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Each year, the staff of the Glenwood Hot Springs, 401 N. River St., celebrates New Year's Eve as they believe it was intended: submerged. The world-famous Hot Springs Pool, located in downtown Glenwood Springs, hosts a family-friendly New Year's Eve party in the steam as it rises above the warm water. The pool and athletic club stay open until 1 a.m. on New Year's Day. Festivities are alcohol-free and include noisemakers, a countdown to 2013 and a drawing for an annual single pool pass. Party starts Monday, Dec. 31, and goes until 1 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1.Info: www.hotspringspool.com and 947-2955
CARBONDALE, Colorado - Not everyone can be in New York City for New Year's Eve. More specifically, most people can't be in Madison Square Garden to see Phish play live on New Year's Eve. PAC3 in Carbondale has almost the next best thing, as the venue is hosting a live-streaming session of the historic Madison Square Garden show on its big screen. Boogie down with friends for free and enjoy PAC3 drink specials. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31520 S. Third St. Info: www.pac3carbondale.com and 925-1663
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - Start the new year, 2013, off in a jovial mood by attending one of Glenwood Vaudeville Revue's New Year's Eve at Vaudeville soirees. Ring in the New Year with funny skits, festive dance numbers and a champagne toast at 8 p.m. or midnight. The evening will be a blast from the past to help boost the audience into the future. Price includes one glass of champagne and party favors.5-8 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight Monday, Dec. 31Masonic Lodge, 901 Colorado Ave. Tickets: Tickets: $30 early show; $45 late show (show only - food and beverages optional and a la carte). Info and reservations: www.gvrshow.com and 945-9699For additional listings of New Year's Eve events, see the A&E briefs starting on page B2, and watch the page 4 calendar in future editions of the Post Independent.