The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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December 23, 2011

Time to toast: New Year's Eve parties on tap throughout region

JOPLIN, Mo. — Pleasure-seeking Joplin partiers will be able to flip the switch on a brand new year from a number of venues this year, most fitting even the most eclectic of tastes.

So where to begin? How about the day after New Year’s Eve?

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day, a special pajama party will be held at the Granny Shaffer’s Family Restaurant, 2728 N. Range Line Road.

Bleary-eyed or bright-eyed, it doesn’t matter. All are welcome, said owner Mike Wiggins. He got the idea while visiting Chicago on New Year’s Day. He also noted there weren’t too many places serving people food in Joplin on Jan. 1.

“We’ll have live entertainment, an omelette station, (virgin) bloody marys, mimosas and contests,” Wiggins said.

Judges will pick the cutest pajamas, best group, best individual, best hat, best socks, etc.

“We did this for the first time last year and we had about 100 people,” Wiggins said. “Everybody really had a wonderful time.”

Even the staff will be dressed in pajamas and robes.

“This is just all mostly for fun,” Wiggins said.  

Of course, most of the fun will be had the night before. And many events will be located in the center of town. Here are some of the events planned for New Year’s Eve:

Masquerade ball

One of the largest New Year’s Eve parties held in Joplin since the Connor Hotel heydays, the Christman building, at 501 S. Main St., will be the site of the Black and White Masquerade Ball.

Tickets, priced at $15, are on sale now. On the night of the party the price jumps to $20 at the door.

Inside, there will be a huge dance floor, an oversized projection screen showing the ball drop at Times Square, an ice bar brought in from Tulsa, Okla., and a DJ from Kansas City. Caldone’s will provide hors d’oeuvres, party favors and champagne toasts at midnight as part of the price.

Caldone’s owner Donnie Bennett said the event was originally going to cover two entire city blocks, stretching from Second to Fourth streets along Main Street, and involving a number of businesses, including Caldone’s, Dream Makers Events, Joplin City Limits Events, 1st Mate Concierge and JB’s Piano Bar.

But circumstances forced the party inside the Chistman building, though there’s hope the indoor/outdoor party -- “something you see in New York City” -- will come to fruition next year.

 Details: 417-629-4686.

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