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Ringing in the new year

Residents don't have to leave Craig for a night on the town

It’s no Times Square celebration, but some of Craig’s area restaurants and bars have festivities planned to ring in the new year.

The OP Bar & Grill and the Holiday Inn’s Paradise Grill are offering some dinner specials for New Year’s Eve.

The hotel is serving a “Holiday in New York” dinner, including a 10-ounce New York strip steak, sides and desert from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. Reservations are recommended, but not required for the formal event, said restaurant manager Brian Nuebel.

“We’re hoping for a good blowout to the end of the year,” he said.

“It’ll be a formal thing. Our servers will be dressed up nice and neat.”

Nuebel said reservations would be accepted up until about 9:30 p.m. Friday. Local band Black Timber is scheduled to play in the hotel’s Cassidy’s bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a $5 a person cover charge. The band plays country and classic rock tunes.

“Everybody knows who Black Timber is,” Nuebel said.

The OP is serving a variety of specials Friday night, owner Delbert Knez said, including rib- eye steaks, halibut, barbecue ribs and prime rib. The restaurant usually fills early with patrons, he said.

“People usually come early then go out to find entertainment,” Knez said.

Mathers’ Bar is planning a free champagne toast at midnight. Employees also try to hand out a party hat and confetti to each reveler, said bartender Candice Mathers.

The bar’s televisions will show a New Year’s countdown and patrons usually chime in to count down the year’s last 10 seconds, she said.

“We’ve never been full to capacity, but people should come around 9 p.m. if they want a seat,” Mathers said. “It seems like the doors never stop opening once people start coming in.”

Parents needing a safe place to drop off their children for New Year’s Eve are invited to bring them to the Elks Club, 43 W. Victory Way. Youths ages 1 to 14 can attend the sleepover, which will be chaperoned by Elks Club members, teenage cadets from the Craig Rural Fire Protection District and interested parents. Youths may be dropped off at 9 p.m. and should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas and playpens for the younger children.

“The main reason we’re doing this is for kids’ safety,” Elks Club member Robin Willis said.

Elks Club members said they came up with the idea so parents wouldn’t have to find baby-sitters for the night and eliminate the risks of driving children home after a night of partying. The sleepover costs $10 a child and includes a pancake breakfast in the morning.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Elks Club state project, an assisted-living facility in Denver.

Elks member Dora Watson said parents are encouraged to leave their children at the sleepover for the whole night, rather than picking them up after a night of revelry.

“If there was a drinking accident, I would be devastated,” she said.

Parents are encouraged to reserve a spot at the sleepover for their children by calling Watson at 824-2551.

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