Choose your own New Year’s Eve event
Some folks hit the same bar every New Year’s Eve, while others plan an outing in Aspen months in advance. If you haven’t decided where you’ll greet the first few moments of 2016, however, there are numerous options right here in Garfield County.
In an annual tradition, the pool and athletic club stay open until 1 a.m.
“It’s a family friendly, alcohol free way to ring in the New Year,” sales director Jeremy Gilley said. “A pool party in the Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter sounds crazy, but it’s a really fun experience.”
The festivities feature party favors and noisemakers while supplies last, a count-down to the New Year and a drawing for an annual single pool pass for one lucky winner. Admission is $19.50 for ages 13 and older and $12.25 for children from 3-12. The winner must be present to win, so stick around until 2016 arrives.
More information at http://www.hotspringspool.com/blog
A special twist on their standard holiday show includes champagne, party favors, and a count down to the New Year.
“It turns into a really fun celebration at the end of a really funny show,” director John Goss said.
Two shows are scheduled with family-friendly dinner theater with professional talent performing comedy skits, seasonal jokes, high-energy dance numbers, novelty songs and original comedic presentations.
Although the 5 p.m. event is already sold out, the 9 to midnight show still had room as of Dec 23.
Tickets are $24 for adults; food and bar extra.
For information and reservations, call 970-945-9699 or visit http://www.gvrshow.com.
Ironbridge Dinner and Dance
The second annual event is open to the public and includes an elegant buffet featuring prime rib and lobster tails, beverages and dancing to the music of DJ Ryan White. The event is limited to just 80 attendees.
“We’ve had a lot of interest and we expect it to sell out” said co-owner John Young. “People like to wind a year down and start a new one with a lively party, and we provide a great venue for that.”
Tickets are $110 for nonmembers, $90 for members and $70 for designated drivers. For more information, call 970-945-4300.
Big Daddy’s Sports Bar
A $5 cover gets you live funk rock by Sol Kidz beginning at 9 p.m., a champagne toast at midnight, and entry for a variety of prizes including a Las Vegas getaway. Come early for dinner or snack on appetizers after the kitchen closes. For more information visit bigdaddysglenwood.com.
Spring Gulch Luminary Night Ski
The Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club and the Mount Sopris Nordic Council invite skiers of all ages and abilities to enjoy a groomed loop course at Carbondale’s Spring Gulch Nordic Trails lit by luminaries and starlight, finishing at a community bonfire with hot beverages supplied by Bonfire Coffee. A shorter ski loop trail designed especially for kids offers fun and surprises.
“The New Year’s Eve Luminary Night Ski is a great opportunity for families and individuals who have never been to Spring Gulch to get a taste of what the trails there are like,” said coach and volunteer Rob Russell. “This free community social also draws out many of Spring Gulch’s regular users, though all members of the public are welcome.”
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants must bring their own ski equipment — and a headlamp.
The Spring Gulch Trail System is open to cross-country skiers only; please no snowshoes, sleds or dogs. For more information visit http://www.springgulch.org.
Marble Distilling Co
Reserve your spot for a New Year bash featuring music by DJ Benny, signature MDC cocktails, and a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
No cover, seating and info at 970-963-7008 or stop by the MDC tasting room.
Grove’s Black Dog Saloon
Ring in 2016 at 10 p.m. with the east coast so you can head to other parties or be home in your pajamas by midnight. Live music by Starcher-Hutsen, cocktail specials and a complimentary champagne toast.
No cover, info at 970-984-0999 and facebook.com/pages/Groves-Black-Dog-Saloon.
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Chef Hunter Hale went into business with his parents to bring an American bistro to Carbondale.