Snow. Freezing rain. Ice. Darkness 2013. More snow on the way. I know, we’re not even into January yet, and this utter nonsense is getting exhausting, but it ain’t over yet. And if you can squeeze out even a modicum of “rah rah rah” on Jan. 31, you’ll be glad you did. Here is your New Year's Eve rundown and where to go to find every type of entertainment to put you in the best 2014 mood.
New Year's By The Bay
Starting with the granddaddy of Midcoast celebrations, the 17th Annual New Year's by the Bay is a chem-free, family oriented, affordable, cultural celebration of the New Year that takes place from 2:30 p.m. till 12:30 a.m. With more than 40-plus performances in nine indoor venues within walking distance, Belfast’s biggest event showcases a wide variety of live performances, as well as several dance bands leading up to a bring-your-own drum noisemaking procession down to the celebratory lighting of the bonfire by the bay.
Front Street Pub
The Front Street Pub kicks off New Year’s Eve with a bonus. Anyone through the door before 8:00 p.m. will not have to pay a cover. Their staff will be providing a food spread for the evening as well as a champagne table. They are encouraging everyone to dress glamorous. Anyone wearing a suit and tie or fancy dress will get free admission. The DJ will spin from 8:00p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Dancing, giveaways, specials, cocktail waitresses, champagne, noisemakers, 2014! Come ring in the new year!
Ragged Mountain Ski Club's New Year's Party
The third Annual RMSC New Year's Eve Party this year features the Whiteout theme (open to interpretation and no, one doesn’t need to apply Whiteout to their epidermis to attend.) Tickets are $80/150 (single/couple) ticket, which raises funds for RMSC programs and scholarships. Includes heavy hors d’ouevres + open bar + DJ & dancing + champagne toast at HEARSTUDIOS. Only 100 tickets will be sold, so get them soon; they sell out quickly. Contact Ragged Mountain Ski & Snowboard Club or one of the board members to purchase your ticket, and please note that only physical tickets will be honored this year.
The Smokestack Grill
The Smokestack Grill will ring in the new year featuring DJ Isaac from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ Isaac brings high energy to current covers and classics and The Smokestack Grill will have drink specials ($4 well drinks and $1 well shots if you’re wearing some kind of shiny, "bling" New Years Eve outfit).
Natalie's Count Down Party
Note: Event is full. Waiting list only. Natalie’s invites you for their Relais & Châteaux Camden Harbour Inn Count Down Party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight starting at 10:30 p.m. Live music and party favors. RSVP only! Email to firstname.lastname@example.org for RSVP or call 207 236 7008. Haven’t yet tried their 207 Sour? See how it’s made in our latest “What’s In That Cocktail.”
FOG Bar and Cafe
This year, FOG will be hosting a journey into the New Year with the Dolphin Strikers, a band considered to be “the Midcoast’s best five man band delivering their own original style of brine rock with the prefect hint of ska.” There will be drink specials all night and lots of bubbly! The band starts at 9:00 p.m. with a $5 cover. FMI: 593-9371.
Trackside Station will have dinner specials leading up to 9 p.m, then they are switching over to Funky Town with VJ the DJ ('80s, '90s and contemporary). They promise to be festive with six TVs to watch the ball drop in Surround Sound and will offer a champagne toast at midnight. FMI: 594-7500.
Finish the season at The Landings. At 4:00 p.m. they will kick off New Year’s Eve with drink specials and deals on draft beers. Chef Max and Molly and Mike will perform with Jeff Grinnell and Steven Grima. FMI: 94-3011
The Samoset's Breakers Jazz
Want mellow? New Year's Eve at the Samoset Resort will feature Breakers Jazz from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Samoset Ball Room. No cover charge. Cash bar. Big Band, Swing, Jazz, Light Rock and more! FMI: 800-341-1650.
Mid Coast Arts Center
Loring Proctor and the band Instigator play '50s and '60s rock & roll and country favorites. With hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast and cash bar. $20. Reservations: 712-1314 or email@example.com. (The event is at the building formerly known as the Rockland High School, 24 Lincoln St., Rockland.)
Billy's Tavern & The Pubcrawlers
Billy’s Tavern in Thomaston welcomes back The Pubcrawlers on New Year's Eve. They call themselves New England's premier Celtic and Irish punk band, featuring a high-energy, "throw-your-fist-in-the-air-and-sing-along" mix of traditional Celtic drinking tunes and modern punk rock. “With songs of friendship & fighting, love & loss, damnation & redemption - and a few pratfalls along the way—The Pubs guarantee a rollicking, rowdy good time.” Billy’s Tavern will special New Year's hours with music and dancing from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Expect a champagne toast, shenanigans, and the best house-made potato chips this side of The County. There will be a $10 cover at the door.
The Bog Tavern's New Year's Eve party
Bullwinkle's Family Steak House/The Bog Tavern will be hosting their annual New Year's Eve celebration with dinner specials, giveaways, the band Midlife Crisis starts at 9:00 p.m. Includes New Year's Eve toast. FMI: 832-6272.
Note: We will be adding more details and more New Year's events as they become available. Please check back! Contact me with more details.
Kay Stephens can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org