By Debby Woodin
There are plenty of places offering dinner and parties for celebrants to ring in the new year.
* Three packages are offered by Holiday Inn, 3615 Range Line Road.
A night that begins with an hors d’ouerves reception at 6:30 p.m. and includes dinner, a night of entertainment starting at 9:30 p.m. by Coupe Deville, champagne toast at midnight, a room at the hotel and breakfast on New Year’s Day is $150 per couple.
The reception, dinner, the entertainment and champagne toast is $75 per couple.
The evening of entertainment and champagne toast is $25 per couple.
The restaurant at the hotel will offer regular menu service on New Year’s Day.
* Andrew’s Restaurant in the Ramada Inn at 3320 Range Line Road will offer a party followed by breakfast.
Clint Harrison will open the evening followed by Max Brown and his band from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There will be champagne and party favors at midnight. A breakfast buffet will be served from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the restaurant.
The restaurant and lounge will be closed New Year’s Day.
* The Kitchen Pass, 1212 S. Main St., will serve dinner from its regular menu on New Year’s Eve and is taking reservations for seating. Champagne and party favors will be available in the bar.
Walking on Einstein will perform in the Bypass with party favors and champagne available at $20 a person. The Bypass will take reservations for tables of four or more people. Reservations: 624-9095.
* Wilder’s, 1216 S. Main St. will serve a special menu of four-course meals for dinner on New Year’s Eve. There will be about a dozen options.
* Club 609 will offer open seating for dinner beginning at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. At 8 p.m., festivities begin with a deejay playing music, dancing, an open menu, party favors plus champagne at midnight. The cost for the party is $20 per person or $30 per couple in advance. Reservations: 623-6090.
* The 32nd Street Band will play at a New Year’s Eve party at J-Town Billiards, 2502 S. Main St. Cover charge, which includes party favors at midnight, is $10.
* Champs and Lil Chicago, 516 Joplin Ave., will have four bands: High and Lonesome, the Ben Miller Band, By Hook or Crook and DJ Dane for a combined party at the two locations. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and a balloon drop. Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.
* Joplin’s Night Life, 532 Joplin Ave., will have Cinna the Poet and Gorilla Wrench performing, with a champagne toast at
midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
* Boogie Fever and Big 80s will entertain at the New Year’s Eve “Blowout Party” at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. The party includes hors d’oeuvres, a chocolate fountain, and a balloon drop at midnight along with party favors and champagne. The cost is $40 per person. Reservations: (918) 542-7140, ext. 2200.
* “Reality Bites Back,” an audience-participation production, will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 796 S. Stone Lane in Carthage.
After the play, there will be a sparkling cider toast and party favors at midnight.
Tickets for the murder mystery are already sold out; however, the theater is compiling a waiting list should more tickets become available. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $17 for youth 16 and under.
Details: (417) 358-9665, (417) 358-7268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A night of entertainment for youth will be offered by The Bridge, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. The “New Year’s Eve Riot” is a lock-in for youth 12 to 20 years old.
“It’s one of the biggest parties we’ve ever thrown,” said Bridge spokeswoman Lindsay Matush.
A $22.50 cover charge at the door pays for all the night’s activities except food and drink.
Activities from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. are: Bungee run, Velcro wall, scavenger hunt, dance club, laser tag, dodgeball tournament, climbing, skating, live music and Halo tournament.
The kids will get a chance to win prizes with hourly giveaways that will include a PS3, a laptop, a video camera, an iPod and more. The first 500 kids in the door will be given free T-shirts.
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