Ringing in a Rockies New Year
SUMMIT COUNTY – The countdown to 2005 is on, and for those who haven’t yet decided where to ring in the new year (or who they’ll kiss as the clock strikes 12), Summit County offers a variety of events.BreckenridgeRing in 2005 Breckenridge-style with a torch light parade and fireworks display tonight. The 40-year-old Breckenridge tradition continues at 6 p.m. today as skiers and snowboarders from the Breckenridge Ski Resort kick off the evening with a dazzling luminary procession, parading from the top of Peak 9 down American to The Village at Breckenridge. You can view the light spectacle from anywhere Peak 9 is visible.At 9 p.m. catch the fireworks display at Peak 9. With clear skies, the brilliance can be seen from most locations in downtown historic Breckenridge and some areas of Blue River.Sing “Auld Lang Syne” at one of two events occurring at the Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge this New Year’s Eve. The Top of the World Restaurant, located at the Lodge & Spa, is hosting a festive holiday event featuring live music by Natalie Atherton and Anthony James Baker and a first-class menu. Another celebration will be held in the Mountain View Room at the Lodge & Spa with a holiday buffet and musical entertainment provided by Umberto Fonte.The Top of the World’s celebration will capture the essence of a fine dining experience with a seven course menu. Dining selections range from ginger carrot canapé to Maine lobster tail with caviar butter to decadent desserts prepared by Chef Steve Augustine.The evening’s entertainment will include Baker’s guitar styling blended with Atherton’s vocals.
Baker has been playing with various bands and internationally famous artists for 30 years. He has now branched off on his own playing jazz, Latin and blues.Atherton’s extensive career includes Broadway appearances in “The Who’s Tommy,” “Oh Kay!” and “Once on This Island.” She has also appeared in feature films like “Mississippi Masala” and “Amazing Grace and Chuck.” Other vocal performance locales include Canegie Hall, Monte Carlo, Japan, Switzerland and Germany. The celebration in the Mountain View Room at the Lodge & Spa will include Fonte’s vocal styling, guitar talent and catalog of more than 200 classic hit songs.The holiday buffet starts at 7 p.m. with a second seating at 9 p.m. Dining selections range from brie en croute, pecan crusted pork tenderloin in a whiskey sauce to salmon and ginger shrimp with lemongrass anise butter and an assortment of desserts. The entire Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge experience can be enjoyed for $65 per person. Reservations are required. Call (970) 453-9300.Sherpa & Yeti’s will be welcoming Flux to the stage on Friday. Tickets to see this horn-driven funk band are $20.CopperCopper will be on fire this New Year’s Eve as En Fuego returns to The Village and ushers in 2005 with holiday revelry for the entire family. The festivities will include a fire juggler, BMX stunt show and other live entertainment set in The Village, while spectacular fireworks and a torchlight parade will light up the sky over the resort marking 2004’s final night. Dance into 2005 at Endo’s Adrenaline Café from 10 p.m. to close. DJ G3 will spin the year away and groove you out of 2004. Cover charge is $10 and includes a champagne toast at midnight.
Sing along with Moe Dixon Après Show at JJ’s from 3:15-5:45 p.m. as he plays favorite rock classics. Then dine and celebrate with JJ’s gourmet dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight followed by a champagne toast. New Year’s Eve celebrators are encouraged to take advantage of the free express Summit Stage bus from the Summit Stage Transportation Center in Frisco, which runs directly to Copper every half hour from 6:30-1:30 a.m. Go to http://www.co.summit.co.us/summitstage for a complete bus schedule.If you’re at Copper, why not celebrate at the Country Western New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance? The event will include a gourmet Southwestern buffet and live entertainment from the Barely Getting by Band. The celebration also includes exclusive views of the fireworks display at 9 p.m. from the outside deck of the Copper Conference Center. Cost is $75.50 for adults, $52.50 for teens and $26 for children (4-12). Entry to the party after 10 p.m. is only $15.For more information, call (800)458-8386, ext. 4INFO. Reservations for the New Year’s Eve dinner and dance are recommended and can be made by calling (800)236-4386, ext. 45930.DillonThe Classix, a five-member band of talented musicians, are returning for their third year to the Dillon Dam Brewery. They’ll be playing favorites from the 1950s through today for a great dance party. Dinner and drink specials, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight top off the festivities. Wild Bill’s Pizza Saloon in Dillon will be welcoming Todd Johnson playing acoustic blues and Arnie Green on New Year’s Eve. Johnson goes on at 5:30 p.m., and Green starts at 9:30 p.m.
KeystoneStart the new year with laughter at Keystone’s star-studded evening of comedy on New Year’s Eve at the Keystone Conference Center.Four comics from the NBC reality show “Last Comic Standing,” Dave Mordal, Cory Kahaney, Tess Drake and Dan Naturman will be performing. All of these acts have several impressive credits, including “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” HBO and Comedy Central. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the show begins at 9:30 p.m. The comedy show is rated PG-13.Following the show will be music and dancing.A cash bar and appetizers will be available, and a complimentary champagne toast is set for midnight. Tickets are $49.95 for general admission seating, $59.95 for reserved seating, and $99.95 for VIP tickets that include reserved seating in the front section, appetizers and two drinks. Call (800)468-5004 for tickets.Celebrate 2005 with an action-packed party in River Run at Keystone. A torchlight parade on the mountain kicks off the evening followed by a fireworks display above River Run village.At Greenlight, Phunkifino, a 10-piece funk band, takes centerstage. Cost is $10 with drink specials all night, free party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.Parrot Eyes is celebrating its one-year anniversary on New Year’s Eve with drink specials and dancing with DJ Mixxin. Cover is $5 and includes free party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
Usually an Italian Ristorante, Paisano’s will transform into a dance party venue on New Year’s Eve. DJ Mike offers beats perfect for saying “arrivederci” to 2004 and “ciao” to 2005. Cover is $5 and includes party favors and a champagne toast.Ring in the new year with altitude. Take two scenic gondola rides to the highest gourmet restaurant in North America. The Alpenglow Stube offers a seven-course menu for $150 per person.Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Ski Tip Lodge with a delectable menu for $125 per person. Enjoy live jazz and a feast at Champeaux Bistro for $125 per person. Add in tickets for the comedy show at the Conference Center for a total of $195 per person.Der Fondue Chessel is serving up a family-friendly, four-course holiday menu for $65 per person, $30 for kids ages 7-12, free for kids under 7. The Summit Seafood restaurant located at the Inn at Keystone is $60 for adults, $29.95 for teenagers, $19 for kids over 5, and free for 5 and under.Call (800)468-5004 for reservations or for more information.New Orleans funksters Brotherhood of Groove will be playing at 9 p.m. at the Goat in Keystone. They’ll be throwing a super funk dance party to ring in the new year. The Brotherhood of Groove’s high-energy, funky-jazz-jam-fusion has garnered them popular acclaim throughout the country.One Kind Favor will be bringing its own brand of Grateful Dead rock to the Snake River Saloon in Keystone for the new year. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.Check the A&E calendar for the rest of the list of entertainment in Summit County.
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