Several alcohol-free New Year's events available
If you're looking for a good time on New Year's Eve sans the suds, there's plenty of family-friendly options in the Tri-State.
Here's a look at just a few of the fun things planned around the region.
Roll with it, baby
Roll-A-Rama, 137 7th Ave., Huntington, is hosting its NYE Party from 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Cost is $10. That includes skate rental, a locker to put your stuff in and a ticket to win. The rink will give away a new bike, skates, headphones, a VIP room party and cash. There is also going to be a pop chugging contest, an air hockey contest and, of course, the midnight balloon drop. Call 304-529-0909.
Skateland of Huntington, 4430 Altizer Ave., Huntington, will host a New Year's Eve Late Skate from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $15, which includes skate rental, party favors, games and prizes. Win a free pair of skates. Call 304-525-1933.
Dropping the ball, Country Music Highway style
One of the Tri-State's long-running non-bar NYE nights is the Judd Plaza ball drop and night of country sponsored by the city of Ashland and its recreation department.
Running from 9 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, Dec. 31, the event, at the First Baptist Church Christian Life Center, 1622 Winchester Ave., features light refreshments, door prizes, party favors and a steady stream of contemporary young country by Bobby Blanton, Megan Dotson and Katie Owens.
Peanuts the Clown will do balloon art for kids. The Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave., will also be open then to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Call 606-327-2046 or 606-329-1007.
A musical space oddity
Huntington-based stage veteran Ryan Hardiman has fired up the stage in 2013 in some of the region's most electrifying shows.
The year isn't capped, though, until Hardiman channels his inner David Bowie and takes listeners on a little musical trip via his free NYE concert -- "Moonage Daydream: The Bowie Songbook." Armed with guest vocalist Madeline Solange Gourevitch with pianist Mark Scarpelli and a string quartet featuring Kristi Holstein, Molly Lynn Page, Alasha Al-Qudwah and Shawn Christian Simms, the concert is two 45-minute sets (at 7 and 9 p.m.) at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Boulevard E. (corner of Elizabeth Street and Kanawha Boulevard).
Good RidDANCE, old year
FOOTMAD, the Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance, are ready to play some music and dance the night away at their family-friendly, alcohol-free NYE party called Good RidDANCE 2013 on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
It takes place at the Columbia Gas Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE, Charleston, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There's a 30-minute introduction to contra dance to start the evening.
Well known fiddler Joe Dobbs and friends will provide the music, and Warren Doyle of the Appalachian Folk School in Tennessee will lead Appalachian mixers and contra dancing. Ample hors d'oeuvres, table seating and a midnight ball drop by local artist Rick Gallagher will round out the evening.
Admission is $15, $7 students, $40 family. Children under 13, VISTA workers and full-time community volunteers are free. Reservations can be made at www.footmad.org.
Punk rock house show
One of Huntington's all-ages house show venues, the Elmination Chamber, brings in a double-blast of Virginia bands, Swan of Tuonela and Truman, as well as a raucous blast of melodic math punk from Warzawa (Shane Hall and Ryan Sargent) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Admission is a $5 donation.
Call 304-420-6969 for directions.
Live bluegrass at the Blue Ribbon
At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, come out for a family-friendly concert featuring Stillwater and No Set Standards at the Blue Ribbon Fox Hunters Lodge, Blue Ribbon Road in Catlettsburg, Ky. Cost is $10, and children 12 and under get in for free. Concessions available.
To online at www.blueribbonfoxhunters.com or call 304-429-5047 or 606-928-9984.
Classic country at the VFD
Rocking country performer Robert Trippett and the Starlight Band will perform at a free New Year's Eve party at the Milton Volunteer Fire Department, 341 E. Main St., Milton. The music starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Call 304-743-6319.
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