New Year's has endless possibilities

With New Year's Eve on Monday, Craig businesses are offering up plenty to do as the bell tolls on 2007.

From J W Snacks to The Popular Bar to Mathers' Lounge and Cafe to Thunder Rolls, pretty much everywhere the common theme is champagne toasts at midnight, with different variations suited to taste.

J W Snacks is offering dinner and drink specials to go along with an open-mic night where community members are encouraged to stand up and tell jokes, sing, or whatever they like.

The Popular Bar is staying simple, but still keeping things lively with party favors and champagne.

At Thunder Rolls, bowling will be going on from 9 p.m. to midnight with black lights and lasers as part of the festivities.

Complimentary appetizers and champagne at midnight are included in the $25 cover charge. There also will be a bar for extra drinks that aren't included.

Beryl Dschaak, co-owner of Thunder Rolls, is encouraging the community to "call ahead of time, it normally sells out."

At Mathers' Lounge & Cafe, a D.J. will be keeping the party dancing untill the ball drops, although co-owner Tom Mathers also is encouraging people to come early.

"A lot of times, we have to shut the doors early because we get too many people," he said.

He's offering to waive the $7 cover charge if patrons come for dinner before hand, but there is something else on his mind.

"Because it is New Year's, people tend to overindulge," Mathers said, People "should make sure they have a ride home and eat before going out."

OP Bar & Grill is starting early, offering dinner specials from 4 to 9 p.m. with everything from prime rib to king crab on the menu to keep Craig residents from heading off to the night festivities on an empty stomach.

If live music is of more interest, then Cassidy's, located in the Holiday Inn at 300 S. Colorado Highway, has the Kenny Bradbury Band starting at 9 p.m.

The cover at Cassidy's is $7, although a package for $89 is available that includes cover charge, a room for two and a breakfast buffet.

Bars and grills aren't the only option.

The Black Mountain Theatre group is performing a New Year's Eve Interactive Mystery and Costume Ball at the Center of Craig from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $15 and partygoers are encouraged, to get their tickets early at Spirit Pass, in the Centennial Mall, Solutions Oriented Systems, at 10 W. Victory Way, or at Fredrickson's Contracting, at 80 E. Fourth St.

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