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Where Will You Be When the Clock Strikes 12? Check Out What’s Happening Tonight in the High Country

Champagne JamCompiled By Jesse Wood

Dec. 31, 2012. Well, New Year’s Day is creeping upon us, and the ball will drop before we know it. Check below for many of the events taking place in the High Country.  All events are for Monday night, Dec. 31, 2012.

New Year’s Eve Champagne Jam, Boone Saloon

Possum Jenkins Rings in the New Year at Boone Saloon with its first-ever New Year’s Eve Champagne Jam.

Opening up for Possum Jenkins is The Worthless Son-In-Laws at 10 p.m. The cover is $10, and you must be 21 or older to enter.

For more information, call Boone Saloon at 828-264-1811.

Live Jazz at Casa Rustica
Celebrate the New Year at Casa Rustica and enjoy live jazz by Todd Wright and Friends by the fireplace. Countdown the end of 2012 with Casa Rustica with a complimentary champagne toast.

Reservations required for dinner that starts at five. For more information, call 828-406-7085 or click to www.casarustica1981.com

New Year’s Eve Classic Country Dance To Benefit Vet Awaiting Heart Transplant

The American Legion Building in Blowing Rock hosts the George Wilson band, which is providing the music for a New Year’s Eve dance benefitting the Keplar Family.

Randy is on the Heart Transplant Research List in Nashville, Tenn. He has had multiple heart attacks this year and has been hospitalized about 100 days in Johnson City and Nashville. His wife has had to stay in a hotel through all of this, and the family has incurred great expenses.

Admission to the dance, which starts at 8 p.m., is $10 for singles and $17 for couples. Line and couple dancing to classic country music. FOr more information 828-262-3420.

New Year’s Extravaganza, Appalachian Ski Mountain
Ring in the New Year with style. App Ski Mountain has fireworks, torchlight skiing and more.

Moonlight Ice Skating takes place from 10 p.m. until midnight. Restaurant specials are also available from 9 p.m. to midnight.

For more information, call 828-295-7828 or click to www.appskimtn.com

New Year’s Eve Party at Canyons

Soul Watt effortlessly moves from modern and classic rock to authentic blues and supremely danceable funk without missing a beat, according to the band’s biography.

Soul Watt will perform at Canyons New Year’s Eve Party. The music starts at 10 p.m. and the cover is $10, which includes a complimentary toast at midnight.

For more information, call 828-295-7661.

New Year’s Celebration at Sugar Mountain
Sugar Mountain Resort’s New Year’s Eve celebration includes a romantic and beautiful torch light parade at 11:45 p.m., an extravagant fireworks display at 11:55 p.m. and live entertainment provided by “The Johnson Brothers” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Third Floor Cafeteria welcomes all ages. One basket of Hors D’oeuvres when you arrive, a champagne toast at midnight, party favors cost $80 per couple and $45 for singles.

The Last Run Lounge, where folks must be over 21, includes a champagne toast at midnight and costs $25 per person and $45 per couple.

For more information, call 828-898-4521 x 233 or click to www.skisugar.com/newyears.

Celebrate New Years at Beech Mountain Resort

Come celebrate the New Year at the Beech Tree Bar and Grille. The Beech Tree will open at 8 p.m. for a 21-and-up event lasting until 1:30 a.m.

The Jonathan Birchfield band will play-in 2013 with his unique mix of country and rock tunes to keep every ear entertained.

Tickets cost $10 per person. Additionally, ice skating hours will be extended until 11 p.m., offering fun and door prizes for all ages. The shuttle bus will provide transportation until 2 a.m.

For more information, call 800-438-2093.

Billy Constable and Friends at Murphy’s

Murphy’s hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Bash. This year, Billy Constable and Friends provide the entertainment. Expect awesome guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, fiddles and more.

The cover is $5 and includes a midnight champagne toast. For more information, call 828-264-5117.

New Year’s at Paolucci’s Italian Bar and Grill
Ring in the New Year with bright lights and big sounds.

VJ Justin Allen will spin the the top video hits of 2012, some of the most popular new hits and some classic hits such as Notorious B.I.G.’s Mo Money Mo Problems and so forth.

The music starts at 10 p.m. and goes until “they kick us out,” VJ Justin Allen said on Facebook, where you can also find a listing of the top videos of the year. Just search Paolucci’s Bar and Grill on Facebook.

For more information, click to 828-268-7525.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Char

A DJ Dance party takes place at Char in downtown Boone from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free champagne toast and party favors are included in the $7 cover charge.

Also, a special dinner menu happens earlier from 5 to 9 p.m. The special dinner costs $55 per person and reservations are required.

For more information, call 828-266-2179.

New Year’s Gala at The Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock

The Green Park Inn hosts a New Year’s Gala that includes dinner, champagne and jazz. Early bird seating starts from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Charlie Ellis Jazz Trio will perform in the lobby from 6 to 9 p.m.

The five-course meal starts at 9 p.m. as does dancing and runs through 1 a.m. Champagne toast takes place at midnight. The cost is $90 per person.

Dance the night away in The Green Park Inn’s Grand Ballroom where Classic Swing, Big Band, a Beech Set and a 70s/80s classic rock-n-roll set will fill the air.

For more information, call 828-414-9230 or click to www.greenparkinn.com/new_years_gala to view the menu.


And a Kid’s Event…

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Bash, Buckeye Recreation Center

Take the family out to the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Buckeye Recreation Center and still make it out to see the ball drop at midnight.

Kid’s activities take place from 5 to 8 p.m. and include dinner, jamming music, games, a bounce house and a countdown. For more information, call 828-387-3003.