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Party of the year or ‘amateur night’?

CAROLINA THIBAUD
summit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY ” To Breckenridge resident Colin Joyce, New Year’s Eve is “amateur night”.

What does that mean? “That everybody who doesn’t go out the rest of the year decides to go out that one night,” he explained. “They are all drunk and acting stupid.” He, for one, is working on New Year’s Eve.

Twenty-four year old Jason Gould is staying in too. “We are having a party at our house,” he said. “I don’t feel like paying a cover at one of the bars downtown.”

In Breckenridge, most bars will have a cover charge that will be anywhere between $20 and $80, and, in a lot of cases, it won’t even include the champagne toast at midnight. Some bars will have guest DJs and live music, but most will just be doing their regular night.

It is definitely one of the busiest weekends in the season and while most bar owners can almost guarantee that they will sell out on New Year’s Eve, they also agree that it will be mostly tourists.

“A lot of the locals are staying at home,” said Dolores Respini of Breckenridge. “They don’t want to deal with the huge crowds and the expensive covers.” She is planning to have a dinner party at her house.

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Jeni Friedrich, from Alma, has big plans for New Year’s, but as far away from the noise as possible. She and her husband Mike are going snowshoeing on Hoosier’s Pass and they are taking Hank and Lexus, their two dogs, with them.

She is not in the mood for loud and she doesn’t seem to be the only one. In fact, a lot of people are choosing to do it quiet this New Year’s Eve.

Jason Gould has a theory about it: “People made such a big deal about the year 2000 that now New Year’s Eve doesn’t seem so big anymore,” he said. “And it is a weird holiday anyway … After the countdown, everything is still the same.”

But Cecilia Belardi doesn’t care about years, decades or centuries and she is still planning to party like it is 1999. “It is not New Year’s Eve if you don’t go out,” she said. “You can stay at home any other night but you have to start the year with some positive energy.”

Brooke Payment is all about having a different New Year’s Eve. She is going cross-country skiing on Boreas Pass with three of her girlfriends; they are taking sparklers with them. “My New Year’s resolution is to get outside more and go for more hikes,” she said. “So why not start on New Year’s?”

A lot of locals will be working too. DJ Majai Bailey will be spinning at the Winter Park Rail Jam in the evening, but hopes to make it back to Breckenridge before midnight. He doesn’t have anything big planned though. “I just want to stay at home,” he said. “My job is to entertain people, so when I am not working I just want to go home and relax.”

Whether you are planning a big night out or just a chill evening at home with friends and family, it’s time to put away your Santa suit and start drafting your New Year resolutions. 2006 is just around the corner.