Balloons began venturing down from the ceiling, sitting stagnant in the empty rooms at Mather’s Bar early Monday night, New Year’s Eve.
A type of calm before the storm, the earlier part of the evening was not an indicator of the party that took place later as Craig residents came to Mather’s to ring in the new year.
As the countdown neared, resolutions were on the mind, and a quick survey of some of Mather’s patrons found most we’re just hoping to make the new year better than the last.
Olivia Corey and her husband, Brian, were excited for fresh starts, and with the recent birth of their daughter, Paige, they hoped to the year would bring plenty of firsts.
Megan Duncan’s resolution was to be a good mom to her kids, 16 month old Arsynn and 6 week old Cyris.
“It’s tough but it’s worth it,” Duncan said.
Stefene Sisson said she had a more practical resolution.
“I want to stay clean,” Sisson said, saying she’s also excited for the birth of her granddaughter.
Sisson’s friends, Suzy Chad and Misty Hemlin, said their resolution was to make 2013 better than 2012.
Colleen McKnight said she’d like to quit smoking, “hopefully one of these days,” she laughed.
Allie Liljedahl and Brandi Merrill were sporting new year’s hats and weren’t quite sure about their resolutions.
“I want to make it better than last year,” Liljedahl said.
Patty Osborn said as a single mom, her new year’s resolution was to get out more.
Samantha Cast recently moved to Craig from South Carolina, and said the new year would be full of life decisions for her.
She said she hoped she’d know how to make them.
Kevin Oxley said he’s also like to make next year better than the last.
“I’d like to shake things up and make an impression,” his wife, Chris Oxley, said.
“I’d like to be a better me,” their friend Danny Foerster added.
By the end of the night decorations, noisemakers, hats, beads and leis littered tables and the floor, champagne glasses lay empty and most left with hope and goals for the new year.
Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org