By SEAN ROWLEY
If seeking New Year’s Eve revelry, there are a number of venues around the city of Tahlequah where people can gather to reflect and the old year and welcome the new.
One event is the Beggar’s Banquet, scheduled at the Dream Theatre at 312 N. Muskogee Ave.
“There will be a cover charge, and that will be to help pay the bands,” said Larry Clark, theater manager. “However, we are also asking everyone to bring a cash donation or a canned food item to donate to local charities.”
Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music begins at 9. Performers include Randy Crouch and Flying Horse, My-Tea Tribe and Pat Moss. The party continues until 12:30 a.m. Cover is $10 at the door.
The Branch, at 505 N. Muskogee Ave., will also host a New Year’s Eve party. The restaurant will keep its regular hours and regular menu, but add a champagne toast. Music starts at 10 p.m.
“We actually are still booking the bands, but there will definitely be live music for the celebration,” said Ken Smith, general manager. “The main things we want people to know is that we will have music and there will be no cover charge. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the arrival of the new year with us.”
Brewdog’s, on Highway 51 west of town, hosts a New Year’s Eve show with RedWitch Johnny and Whiskey Gene and the Bootleggers.
Elks Lodge, No. 2601, at 18843 East Murrell Road, hosts a New Year’s Eve party with music by the Pumpkin Hollow Boys. Admission is $15. Couples are admitted for $25. Doors open at 7 and the celebration runs past midnight.
Karl Ballard, bar manager at Ned’s, 316 N. Muskogee Ave., said the tavern will pass out party favors and hold a toast at midnight.
“There will be plenty of people here, but it might be surprising that New Year’s Eve is not the busiest night for us, especially when it falls on a weeknight,” Ballard said. “Many people hold house parties. Other folks don’t want to drive. But everyone is certainly invited, and we will have our toast and wish everyone a happy new year.”
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