While some are sitting New Year’s Eve out this year, opting instead to ring in the new year at home, others are going out on the town to welcome 2015.
In a Facebook post Monday, Bethany Nichols, Garden City, said her family also likes to be at home to watch the New York City ball drop at midnight.
“We are more than likely going to stay home where it will be safe for all of us and play board games with our kiddos,” Nichols said.
Kris Reimer, Garden City, plans to play some Pitch with friends and family, all in the comfort of her own home, much like Monica Towns, Andover.
“I’m staying in and letting the amateurs go out and whoop it up,” Towns said, in a Facebook post.
Frank Unger blames his New Year’s Eve plans on his age.
“Old age must be setting in for me because I’m thinking (of) going out for a great meal and then back home for some great movies,” Unger said, in a Facebook post.
Beth Tedrow, Garden City, also plans on having a relaxing New Year’s Eve.
“My family and I have had so many medical issues this year, and I have been gone so much, I’m really looking forward to a peaceful and quiet celebration for the arrival of the New Year,” Tedrow said on Facebook.
Brenda Carter Ridder, Leoti, meanwhile, has every intention of going out on the town.
“We are going to the Iron Horse Tavern here in little old Leoti,” Ridder said on Facebook, adding that patrons are encouraged to bring snacks and the game of their choice. “They also have several pool tables and shuffleboard.”
Joe Louis Gonzales, Garden City, plans to go to Time Out Sports Bar and Restaurant, where he is once again playing the part of the designated driver for his partying friends.
Wally Garcia, Jr., of Goodtimes Entertainment DJ Services, and Bobby Wild, of Medina Promotions and Kansas’ Best DJS, are DJing at local bars this New Year’s Eve.
“For the 10th straight year, I will be DJing so others have a great time,” Garcia said on Facebook. “This year, we will be in Sublette at a little bar called Walk in, Waddle Out. This is a very happening place on the weekends and everyone is super nice every time we play there.”
Wild will be DJing at the Golf Club at Southwind.
“Should be a good time had by all,” Wild said, on Facebook.
For those wanting to get out on the town to ring in the new year, here are some other options:
Fourwinds Bar and Grill, 1604 Buffalo Jones Ave., is going the no-frill route for New Year’s Eve, with $3 wells and free Kamikaze shots at midnight.
Patrons may bring their own party hats and dress in any way that suits them.
There is no cover charge is to get in.
Fred’s Place, 2122 Jones Ave., is hosting a New Year’s Eve party that kicks off at 9 p.m., and, while there is a cover charge of $5 per person or $7 per couple, that buys you a bottle of champagne and a free breakfast of breakfast burritos and pozole, after midnight.
DJ Hector Terrones will be providing musical entertainment throughout the evening.
Garden Valley Church, 1701 N. Third St., is hosting its annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 12:15 a.m. Thursday.
Every half hour, local bands, including RPM, The Lighthouse and Ebony Blueberries will play live music.
The evening also will be filled with group activities, such as Limbo, the Gingerbread House Build Off, Hole in the Wall and more.
Ongoing activities include crafts, foosball, ping-pong, air hockey and pool.
The countdown to midnight will end with a giant ball drop full of goodies.
Admission is free, and people are encouraged to bring snacks.
The public is welcome to attend this family-friendly event.
Jax Sports Grille, 1907 E. Mary St., will host a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring DJ Smooth and DJ Dynamix. There will also be a $15 all-you-can-eat buffet from 6 to 9 p.m., as well as complimentary champagne provided. There is no cover charge to get in.
Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., will transform into a star-filled wonderland, filled with musical entertainment featuring DJ E and Tony Vargas from 9 p.m. until midnight. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a seafood buffet, and after the champagne toast at midnight, complimentary food from Old Chicago will be provided. Seating will be limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. Limo rides will be provided at 1 a.m. There is no cover charge to get in.
Thirsty Dawg, 301 E. Jones Ave., Holcomb, will be closed New Year’s Eve.
Time Out Sports Bar and Restaurant, 1319 N. Taylor Ave., is starting the New Year’s festivities at 9, featuring DJs Henry and Luiz Orozco, and lots of door prizes, including a TV.
Drink specials include $8 pitchers and $1 kamikaze shots.
There is a $5 cover charge and a free breakfast will be served after midnight.