The New Year’s holiday weekend |

The New Year’s holiday weekend

Local nightlife was abuzz this past Friday evening with local businesses hosting more than half a dozen New Year’s Eve parties and extravaganzas.

Exclamation Point restaurant hosted its second “Toast at the Top” New Year’s Eve party with more than 125 people in attendance including about a dozen people from the Glenwood Springs High School Class of 1984. The class celebrated their 20th reunion this past summer and decided to get together again on Friday night to usher in 2005.

In downtown Glenwood local 20-somethings danced the night away at The Roxy Nightclub on Cooper Avenue while SuperBowl in New Castle had plenty of lights and music at their own “cosmic bowling” party.

“It’s safe, it’s nonsmoking. People appreciate that,” said co-owner Ron Hodgen. Partygoers also appreciated the breakfast they were served at 2 a.m.

This is about the same time it began to snow, which, in just a few hours, brought more than eight inches to Sunlight Mountain. That made getting up early on New Year’s Day a whole lot easier.

The resort reported more than 1,000 skiers and boarders on the mountain Saturday for what turned out to be a magical ski day laden with fresh, silky powder and 96 percent of the expert terrain open.

“I just love it when they take time together to enjoy the mountain,” said Sheila Maurer, sales and marketing director at Sunlight.

At the “Toast at the Top” party, from left, Joel Musich, of New Castle, is a manager at RAC Transport; Shana Musich, of New Castle, is office manager at Air Maintenance; and Noel Musich, of New Castle.

Partying at the Roxy, from left, Elizabeth Marquez, Delia Marquez, Abby Marquez and Marilyn Marquez, all of Glenwood

Attending the “Toast at the Top” party, from left, Tony Carballo, of San Diego; Shanna Llewellyn, of San Diego; Greg Hire, of Glenwood; and Adriana Ayala, of Glenwood

Partying at the Hot Springs Pool, from left, Steve Holmgren, Zyre Austin, Grace Eschelman, Amelia Eschelman and Jennifer Holmgren, all of Glenwood.

At Sunlight’s Last Turn Lounge on New Year’s Day, from left, John Pelland, Mindy Unger, Jacque McMillan and Martin Pearson, all of Glenwood.

Celebrating at the “Toast at the Top” are members from the class of 1984, from left, Craig Amichaux, of Glenwood; Ann Deyarmond, of New Castle; Matt Fergen, of New Castle; and Ash and Val Cox, of New Castle.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at New Castle Community Center, from left, Sabrina and Pat Carmichael, of New Castle, who organized the event and also own Art of Defense Tai Kwan Do; Chera Kearns, of Silt, a full-time mom; and Tim Kearns, of Silt, parts manager for the town of New Castle.

Celebrating at Exclamation Point restaurant are Bill and Jeri Durnan, of Glenwood. Bill is a jeweler, and Jeri is an accountant with Obermeyer.

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