New Year’s Eve at the Caverns
Glenwood Caverns held its first New Years Eve extravaganza on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the Exclamation Point restaurant on top of Iron Mountain.With city lights flickering below and the promise of a New Year on the horizon, nearly 200 party goers, dressed in everything from jeans and tiaras to formal evening wear and party hats, rode the tramway to the top of Iron Mountain. There organizers had planned an extravagant evening filled with live music, fabulous food and cave tours. The event was one of the largest New Years Eve parties in the valley.Tom Regan, general manager of Exclamation Point, said the idea behind the event was just to have a good time and to ring in the first year with something we can repeat every year.At 8 p.m. diners gathered in the main restaurant and snacked on hors doeuvres such as oysters in the half shell, scallops, crab claws, salmon pt, meatballs and a variety of cheeses. During dinner, they listened to the sweet and enchanting sounds of harpist Michael Gurule while dining on prime rib.After dinner, guests sat in the restaurant, mingled at the bar or took in the sights from the viewing deck. Others, who knew the Dags were going to provide the rockin party music, headed upstairs to the space above the restaurant where they danced to rock n roll favorites by the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and some Dag originals.On the other side of the New Year, with champagne flowing and the clock ticking, everyone grabbed their sweetheart and welcomed in 2004.
The Glenwood Caverns crew from left, Sarah Costner is the business office manager, Tom Regan is general manager of Exclamation Point, Ricardo Chavez is head chef and Erin Cady does a little bit of everything.
Kelley Michelle, left, of Glenwood works for Neil Garing Insurance, her mother, Michael Onewing, also of Glenwood, works for Splendor Mountain Day Spa.
Larry Gruber, left, owns Glenwood Music, his wife, Michele Gruber, owns Elite Style and Micheles mother, Dorothy Fellers, was visiting from Chicago.
From left, Gigi Griefenberg and Alease Griefenberg of Denver and Jay Fellers and Debi Harris of Glenwood.
Norman Adams, left, and Laura Adams of Carbondale and Maryanne and David Jackson of Missouri Heights.
Above, from left, Ted Tiernan, Chris Worth, George Lilly, Joanna Doble and Larry Doble, all of Carbondale.
Ed Murray of Glenwood is a sheet metal worker in Aspen and Paige Lillie, also of Glenwood, works for Colorado Mountain College.
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