As the last of the wrapping paper is swept aside, folks attention turns toward New Year's Eve. If you are still wondering how to ring in 2003, we have a host of suggestions.
Private parties are the rage, with a progressive dinner party topping the list. This is where a group of friends plan a dinner party with hors d'oeuvres at the first house, soup and salad at the next, dinner at the next, and dessert at the last house. Obviously, this can be added to and amended to suit your needs.
If going out is your plan, but a family event is the requirement, Rim Country Lanes is the place to check out. For $20 per person, the bowling alley will host a Laser Bowling Bash from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Craig the D.J. will spin the tunes as bowlers throw their strikes under a blacklight using glow-in-the-dark balls. A champagne and cider toast at midnight by all will ring in 2003. The restaurant will be open and serving.
For the more adult taste, Rim country offers a host of dancing and dining. Party favors, champagne toasts and live music are the plans for most of the notable establishments. If your favorite hangout is not mentioned, be sure to call them before making other plans.
Christopher Creek revelers will be dancing to Whitewater down at the Landmark Inn. The Landmark will be offering several dinner specials as well.
On the other side of the Rim, the Sportsman's Chalet and the Black Bear Restaurant, both in Strawberry, will host live music for the dancing crowd. Top Cat will be playing at the Chalet and they will serve free hors d'oeuvres at midnight. Silver Star will play at the Bear. The Black Bear will be serving dinner until 9 p.m.
If leaving Payson is more than you can handle on this last day of 2002, you still have choices. But do not plan on going to The Mill. Feeling the spirit of the season, The Mill has decided to close for New Year's Eve giving their employees the chance to spend the holiday with family and friends.
The historic Ox Bow is throwing a big get-together. For $20 per person or $35 per couple, the Ox Bow will have door prizes, including a Rocky Point vacation, hors d'oeuvres, champagne, in-town limousine service, party favors and dancing to the sounds of Gypsy Blue. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
Mazatzal Casino is offering dinner and dancing in style. Dinner is $45 per person in the Cedar Ridge Restaurant. In the entertainment hall, the casino will host a Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison Tribute Show for $20 per person. One ticket to both events is $55. There will be two shows of the Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison Tribute. The matinee show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m for those who don't want to be out late, will cost $10 at the door. The evening show will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Door prizes and specials will be offered throughout the evening.
Most establishments will offer free soda and coffee to the designated driver, so speak up and be proud if you are this year's sober celebrator.
If avoiding the alcohol altogether is your plan, then the local Al-Anon has a party for you.
The Rule 62 Club (the rule that says don't take yourself so seriously) will host an all-day party at 214 W. Main Street -- coupled with hourly meetings, this group is here to help you bring in the New Year and keep your resolution.
Remember to drive safe, and have fun.