Rim Country Ready To Ring In Millennium

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The best advice on how to approach Y2K comes from two vastly disparate sources: The Boy Scouts of America and The Artist Who Has Apparently Changed His Mind And Doesn't Care If We Call Him Prince.


The advice?

Be prepared ... and party like it's 1999.


To make sure you're prepared, see our comprehensive Y2K survival guide on page 8B. If you're looking for a party, check out the list below.


And if you're searching for a reason to celebrate, remember that no matter what happens at midnight New Year's Eve, all this Y2K talk will soon be behind us. Provided, of course, the folks who think the new millennium really starts in 2001 keep their big mouths shut.

Mazatzal Casino

Where: Highway 87, Payson.

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Promise: No-host bar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Entertainment Hall will feature the Eagles tribute band, Hotel California, as well as comedian Phil Hughes, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. A prime rib/chicken buffet will be available from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Amenities: Party hats, favors, midnight champagne toast.


Information: 474-6044, ext. 114.

Mario's Restaurant and Lounge

Where: 600 W. Highway 260, Payson

Time: Dinner will be served from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entertainment starts at 7 p.m.


Package price: $72.50 per couple, $38 per person.


Amenities: Dancing to the music of swing/ blues/rock band, The Top Cats. Party favors, hats and balloons, champagne toast at midnight. Continental breakfast served at 1 a.m.


Caveat: Must be 21 or older to attend.

Information: 474-5429

Payson Ministerial Fellowship Celebration


Where: Rim Country Middle School Gym, 304 S. Meadow St., Payson


Time: 9 p.m. to midnight

Promise: A spiritual celebration of the new millennium. "Whether or not you're a regular churchgoer," said the open invitation, "join us for a time of thanking God for his goodness ... and registering our dependence upon him as we face the future, with all its unknown challenges."


Amenities: Music and family entertainment, free child care and refreshments, and a salute to veterans, teachers and other public servants.


Information: 474-8089.

Creekside Steakhouse

Where: Highway 260, Christopher Creek.

Promise: Singer/guitarist Eddie Reed will usher in the millennium starting at 8 p.m. No cover, no minimum.


Amenities: Free after-hours buffet from 11 p.m. to midnight. Party hats and favors.


Information: 478-4389.

Kohl's Ranch Lodge

Where: 17 miles east of Payson on Highway 260.


Promise: A variety of New Year's Eve package options, including a four-course dinner for two for $99; comedy show at 7:30 p.m. for $25 per person and at 10 p.m. for $35 per person; a Cowboy Bar Party for $19.99 per person, and combinations of all of the above. Room rates for the evening range from $120 to $135.


Amenities: Complementary babysitting. Bottle of champagne and two special millennium glasses per couple with dinner purchase.


Information: 478-4211.

Landmark Restaurant

Where: Highway 260, Christopher Creek.

Promise: Country/ rock performance by the Lakesiders starting at 8 p.m.


Amenities: Free party hats and favors, midnight champagne toast, and a backup generator that guarantees there won't be any party interruptions.


Information: 478-4472.

Rye Creek Bar and Restaurant

Where: Highway 87, Rye

Time: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Promise: The Hashknife Band will take the stage at 8 p.m. No cover, no minimum. "We're also gonna bury a time capsule at midnight," says owner Don Garvin. "We'll write down every important event that's happened in Rye over the past 100 years, and put it in a thimble." One of those events, he said, was "the tornado that swept through town in 1945 ... and caused $100,000 in improvements. By the way, you know what you call 32 people in Rye? A full set of teeth."


He's got a million of 'em, and he's itch'n to tell them on New Year's Eve.


Amenities: Free party favors, free champagne at midnight, and a prime rib and shrimp dinner for $10.95.


Information: 474-6671.

Sportsman's Chalet

Where: Highway 87, Strawberry.

Promise: The Sugar Butchers blues/rock band will start rocking at 8:30 p.m. Party animals will be booted out at 1 a.m.


Amenities: Party favors, champagne at the strike of 12.


Information: 476-2411.

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