A mix of New Year’s Eve events for adults, as well as kid- and family-friendly events are slated to help residents ring in the new year in Garden City.
The Buffalo Living Legacy Fund will host it’s 2nd Annual Buffalo Ball on New Year’s Eve at The Golf Club at Southwind, 77 Grandview Drive, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The event will include a gourmet buffet, complimentary wine with dinner, drink specials, music and a champagne toast to ring in the new year.
Ticket locations include: Fit Body Boot Camp, 1109 E. Fulton St., Strecker Family Chiropractic, 1135 College Drive, The Corner on Main, 324 N. Main St.
Tickets also can be purchased by calling (620) 640-2277 or (620) 290-1199.
The Buffalo Living Legacy Fund is a not-for-profit, tax exempt foundation that was created to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors at GCHS who plan to further their education at accredited institutions. Students who are selected will be awarded scholarships, based on academic achievement, as well as school and community involvement. Each applicant also will submit an essay telling how their high school has influenced them.
“All proceeds from the night’s Ball will go to fund these students and their college dreams. Last year’s Buffalo Ball was able to raise in excess of $20,000 for students of Garden City High School,” according to a Facebook event promoting the ball.
The Celebrate Recovery Garden City’s NYE party will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at its facility at Bible Christian Church, 1404 E. Mary St. A Facebook event promoting the party encourages attendees to bring a friend, a favorite game and a snack to share.
According to it’s Facebook page, Celebrate Recovery is a safe, biblical and balanced program that helps people overcome their hurts, hang-ups and habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.
It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process.
“Celebrate Recovery is a refuge and safe place to share, belong, progress, learn, take off our masks and allow others to know who we are, and experience a turning point in our lives,” according to its Facebook page.
Jax Sports Bar and Grille, 1907 E. Mary St., will host a NYE celebration starting at 7 p.m with dinner specials TBA. There will be various drink specials throughout the evening, as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 10 p.m. to midnight. DJ Smooth will be playing and there will be a champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year, as well as a money balloon drop.
Most bars/clubs/taverns are open on New Year’s Eve, though not all will offer drink specials or deals.
The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol would like to remind drivers and passengers to be responsible while enjoying the festivities, with both giving the following safety tips:
• Never drive or ride with someone who is impaired or drowsy.
• If you plan to consume alcohol, have a plan in place before you go. Know what you’ll do for a ride home, whether it is a ride service, public transportation, a designated driver or finding a place to stay.
• If you do consume alcohol: Give someone your keys; don’t drink to impairment; don’t drink on an empty stomach; take the night off and serve as a designated driver for others; have an emergency kit in your vehicle and your phone charged in case of car trouble.
Other New Year’s Eve activities include:
• Garden Valley Church will have its annual NYE Bash from 7 p.m to midnight in the church’s activity area, N. Third St. The event includes ames, live music, food and more and is free to attend.
• Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 Kansas Ave., will host Samy’s enchanted New Year’s Eve Party. The event will have a seafood buffet, a ballon drop, a midnight snack and more. Seating is limited, and those interested should make reservations by calling (620) 275-7471 ASAP. Those who make reservations can stay safe and use Samy’s complimentary shuttles.
• The First United Methodist Church’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Bash will be from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St. The event is fun for all ages, including swimming, games (bring any appropriate games you would like to play), and open gyms for basketball, volleyball and racquetball.
The YMCA is asking everyone to bring an appetizer to share. At the end of the bash, Holy Communion will be served.
• Fred’s Place, 2122 Jones Ave., will have a NYE party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with no cover charge. Breakfast will be served at midnight.
• The Fool Moon Saloon, 1621 Taylor Plaza, will be having a NYE party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The band "Longtooth and the Hounds" will be playing live music throughout the night. There will be party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, as well as breakfast being served. There is no cover charge for the the event.