So long, 2011 … hello 2012 |

So long, 2011 … hello 2012

Carrie ClickPost Independent Arts WriterGlenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Photo Illustration Kelley Cox

Things were pretty quiet in the lower Roaring Fork and upper Colorado River valleys around Christmas. You could pretty much roll a bowling ball down Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs on Christmas Eve and not only not hit a bowling pin, but anything on wheels, or on two or four legs for that matter. All that’s about to change, my friends, because 2012 is right around the corner, and apparently, it’s coming in with a bang – or at least some gaming, swimming and laughing – and not necessarily only in that order. Whether you’d like to bring in the new year with the help of a shamanic circle, or throw on the Mardi Gras beads and party, the choices are plentiful this Saturday. Think of one of the oldest, largest, most famous landmarks in Glenwood Springs – and then imagine welcoming the new year in the middle of it. Once again, the Hot Springs Pool is staying open late in order to offer a fun celebration to families, couples, kids and anyone who enjoys soaking their way into a new calendar year. What could be more relaxing and healthy than greeting 2012 outside in cold mountain air with hot spring water surrounding you? A New Year’s Eve at the Hot Springs Pool is a nonalcoholic event, so get ready to celebrate Jan. 1 with a clear head if you choose this route. For New Year’s, there’s no need to head to Blackhawk or even Las Vegas if you’re wanting to take some chances. Casino games come to the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs for one festive night at Glenwood’s Grande Dame of the Rockies. “We’re offering blackjack, craps and roulette,” said Hotel Colorado’s Dani Black. “And we’ll have professional dealers.”Combining New Year’s with a gaming night is a concept the hotel’s staff is excited about offering to revelers. “It will be a night to remember with casino gaming, fun and food with the opportunity to ring in 2012 by winning a variety of prizes,” said Black, who advises making reservations for the evening. The Hotel Colorado is offering a holiday package with casino gaming, hors d’oeuvres, a couple of drinks per person, and a champagne toast at midnight. And though no money will change hands, gamers can win gift certificates for dining and other goodies. The evening will wrap up around 12:30 a.m. If you would like to laugh your way into the new year, look no further than the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. This talented group of singers, dancers, comedians and thespians have created a special holiday performance that’s flat-out funny and entertaining .For New Year’s Eve, the revue has booked two shows: one at 5 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. As of press time, the 5 p.m. show is sold out, with a wait list forming. Don’t despair; revue staff said there is a good chance of getting in through the wait list. And have no fear: There are still seats available for the 9 p.m. show that includes the countdown to midnight. Lots of restaurants are offering live music and other entertainment for New Year’s as well. “Vicco’s Route 6 Grillhouse, Rivers and The Grand are all having live music and/ or DJ music,” said Angie Anderson of the Glenwood Chamber Resort Association.And for a delicious and leisurely evening, Rifle revelers can enjoy seafood and champagne. Robin Steffen at the Columbine Restaurant at Rifle Creek Golf Course said they’re planning a special lobster buffet beginning at 5 p.m. for those who want to start their celebration early. However you choose to spend New Year’s Eve, have fun, be safe and and have a Happy New Year.

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