Community offers several New Year's Eve events

Churches, lounges offer activities for people of all ages to welcome in new millennium

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With the dawn of a new millennium fast approaching the question quickly becomes what is there to do in Craig on this special New Year's Eve? That is if Y2K paranoia hasn't settled in and people are not spending the night in a make-shift bunker surrounded by food rations.

Anyone interested in welcoming in 2000 in a more lively fashion has different options.

The Holiday Inn will provide a package for people looking for a night on the town. The night will start with an all-you-can-eat prime rib and seafood buffet. After dinner, Cassidy's lounge will be open for hotel guests only. The country western band "Way Out Wes" will play in the lounge while those who like the sounds of a disk jockey can find one spinning disks in the holidome.

According to Mikki Stoltzfus, general manager of the Holiday Inn, the night should be a great way for people to welcome in a new millennium.

"It should be a great time for our guests," said Stoltzfus. "We are going to be offering daiquiris and mimosas in the holidome New Year's morning starting at 7 a.m.."

There are different packages and room rates. People may call the Holiday Inn for more information.

Mathers' Bar and Grill is also putting together a special event for the night. The bar will be open for those who purchase a ticket. The cost of admission includes cover for the band "Night Rider," party favors, a champagne toast at midnight and drawings for door prizes.

Michael Mathers, co-owner of the bar, believes people who decide to come to the bar on New Year's won't be disappointed.

"People will be able to have a great time, listening to some great music without being too crowded," said Mathers.

If it is an upscale dinner people are after for the holiday, they can turn to Bad to the Bone Barbecue.

The restaurant will offer a special new millennium menu. Seating for dinner will start at 4:30 p.m. and last until 9:30 p.m. The all-you-can-eat, four-course dinner will include everything from spinach and cheese wrap appetizers to lamb chops, Mediterranean shrimp to triple layer chocolate cake. There is a cost per person and reservations are required. According to Josh Lawson, owner of Bad to the Bone, people who plan on attending should make reservations quickly because space is limited.

"It is going to be a feast," said Lawson. "It is the best meal in town, but we're limiting reservations. We are going to have a blast that night."

For teen-agers under 21 who want a non-alcoholic good time, some of the churches in Craig and Grand Futures are putting on The Millennium Celebration. The event will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Three rock bands will be playing including the "Invisibles," a local band, and "Passerby" and "Bottom Rung" from Denver. A drama troop from Grand Junction will perform between sets. A coffee and espresso bar will be set up for the event and security will be provided. Tickets will go on sale at the door.

According to Troy Lewis, youth pastor for the Assembly of God Church, teens from throughout the county can turn to the celebration for a safe way to bring in the new millennium.

"We wanted to put together an event that teens could participate in," said Lewis. "There should be plenty of entertainment."

For those who want to visually celebrate the New Year, there will be a fireworks display set off from the practice field at Moffat County High School.

Roy Mason, Craig Fire/Rescue chief, warns the display won't be as extravagant as the Fourth of July display. It is just going to be something to mark the new year.

People with families may want to take a calmer approach to New Year's Eve celebrations. Many churches in Craig are offering family events to start off the new millennium.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going to hold an event at its Cultural Hall that will be open to the public from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There will be activities and games for children and a dance for teen-agers and adults. Refreshments will be served. Lynn Herring, a member of the congregation, believes the event will be great for those who can't find babysitters.

"We do it every year," said Herring. "People really enjoy it, especially for those with small children."

Yampa Valley Baptist Church is holding a fellowship and prayer service from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. New Year's Eve. The event is open to the public and there will also be games, a video documentary and a devotional. According to Pastor Bill Peterson, people who attend will be entertained.

"The documentary is great," said Peterson. "We're going to have a great time."

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