Your guide to New Year'sNYE happenings across Haywood
New Year’s Eve and cities just seem to go hand in hand. New York, London, Sydney — they’re all mobbed Dec. 31 with people making pilgrimages to greet the next year. It does sound fun, I’ll admit, but then again, you can see it all on TV from the comfort of your living room. If you’re like me, temped to stay in town this year, here are a few options around the county.
For an entirely different kind of New Year’s Eve, you can check out the Haywood Dancers’ ballroom dance bash. A more upscale affair than some other options, the party will have the Steve Whiddon Band — not to mention tons of dancing. It all begins at 8 p.m. at Angie’s Dance Academy and stops at the official beginning of the new year. The admission price gets you plenty of holiday treats and an environment free of smoke and alcohol. Want to know more? Call Shirley at 734-8063 or 648-6136, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Angie’s is at 115 Glance St. in Clyde.
In the heart of Canton, the biggest New Year’s option (the only?) is Sid’s on Main, nestled in the historic Imperial Hotel. Come for the food (its regular menu), the drink (its full bar) and the sounds of Bobby G, a Waynesville blues man. Want to know more? Call 492-0618, visit www.sidsonmain.com or stop by 117 Main St., Canton.
If you want to go classy in nearby Maggie, Hurley’s Creekside Dining and Rhum Bar might be the ticket. The eatery is offering a surf-and-turf dinner by candlelight, with white tablecloths, to boot. There is no dress code, but it might be fun to dress to the nines, as Rob Murdock and his quartet will be setting the mood with big-band classics and other oldies, perfect for dancing. Expect party favors, a champagne toast and all kinds folks, as Hurley’s is open to all ages. Though the restaurant will be serving up until 1 a.m., I would RSVP. Want to know more? Call 926-1566, visit www.hurleysmaggievalley.com or stop by 4352 Soco Road in Maggie Valley.
The Rendezvous Restaurant and Lounge is doing a special, ticket-holders-only party, starting at 9 p.m. The fiesta sounds happily food-heavy, with tickets getting you hors d’oeuvres and a midnight breakfast buffet, in addition to all the traditional party favors, champagne toast and music by the Michelle Leigh Band. Want to know more? Call 926-0201, visit www.maggievalleyrendezvous.com or stop by 70 Soco Road in Maggie Valley.
If you’re looking for a combination of fancy and low-key, Maggie Valley Club usually strikes that balance pretty well. This year, it’s greeting the new year with a party, complete with music by 45 Cherry, complimentary champagne and party favors. Most exciting, however, might just be the midnight breakfast buffet, included in your ticket. Want to know more? RSVP by calling 926-4831, visiting www.maggievalleyclub.com or stopping by 1819 Country Club Dr. in Maggie Valley.
The Tipping Point Tavern is holding a New Year’s bash with all traditional trappings. Starting around 9-ish, the party will feature live music, its own beer on tap and an end-of-the-evening champagne toast. Want to know more? Call 246-9230, visit www.tippingpointtavern.com or stop by 190 N. Main St. in Waynesville
You can try a party of a different flavor at Waynesville’s Water‘n Hole Bar & Grill (its official name, apparently), which will host a DJ that night and offer a champagne toast when the clock strikes 12. My two biggest suggestions are to stake out a pool table early not to park in the next-door business’ lot. Trust me on that last one, especially. Want to know more? Call 456-4750, visit www.waynesvilleswaternhole.com or stop by 796 N. Main St. in Waynesville.
If you want a NYE experience that’s, well, classic, you might try the Classic Wineseller. The intimate, centrally located restaurant, venue and wine store is going all out with an Italian dinner and a live jazz show with Sheila Gordon, Michael Creech and Danny McMahon. Want to know more? Call 452-6000, visit www.classicwineseller.com or stop by 20 Church St. in Waynesville.
If you’re part of the county club set (or would like to be for one night), the Laurel Ridge Country Club has a party for you. The price per person is substantially higher than most events that evening, but includes an impressive spread, as well as dance music by Orange Krush, party favors and not one, but two, champagne toasts. Want to know more? Call 452-0545, ext. 135, visit www.laurelridgegolf.com or stop by 49 Cupp Lane in Waynesville.