When New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, like it does this year, it presents a few difficulties for those who like to imbibe alcoholic beverages to celebrate, but also live in a county where it’s illegal to sell such beverages on a Sunday.

Cherokee County is one of those – it’s not exactly dry, because you can sell alcohol Monday through Saturday. It’s really just sort of a moist county, instead of a dry one.

The issue could be considered a Constitutional one, as Sunday is a day with religious significance, but we’ll save that for another story and stick with practical matters for now.

How do you celebrate New Year’s on Sunday?

No problem!

Move it to Saturday.

At least, that’s what several area entertainment venues are doing this year.

The Elks Lodge will host a New Year’s celebration Saturday night, with party favors, champagne, breakfast, and chances to win drawings for $25 per couple, or $12 for individuals – according to the lodge’s answering machine.

There was no answering machine at Roxie’s Roost, but the sign out front said Badwater is playing the New Year’s Eve bash – which, of course, is being held on Saturday night.

We caught up with Badwater’s bassist, Garron Marsh, who provided a few details about the show.

“We know it’s one night early for New Year’s,” he said.

“But on the morning after a Badwater show – if we do our job right – you won’t remember what day it is anyway.”

Cost for the show is $7.

The Dream Theatre is also holding a New Year’s Eve-eve celebration on Saturday night. The line-up of entertainment has been modified a few times over the last couple of weeks, but those who’ve survived the changes include (as of press-time) The Skillbillies, a local bluegrass band; Zeegrass, a not-so-local bluegrass band that features a couple of pickin’-n-grinnin’ Russians; and Pat ’n’ Harrold’s Deep Blues Dance Band.

It will be, according to the “Pat” element of the band, Pat Moss, “The most explicit blues on stage that Tahlequah has ever witnessed.”

As for the slightly-offset date of this particular New Year’s Eve celebration, Moss said they’re playing one night early – not only to avoid violating the county’s alcohol laws – but, also, for a more idealistic purpose as well.

“We’re holding this event early in order to subvert the Roman paradigm,” he said.

“Also, the band urges people not to bring live animals to the show.”

Flyers advertising the event have the admission price at $5 for advanced tickets and $7 at the door, but according to event organizer Murv Jacob, that’s changed as well.

“We’re just gonna charge $5 at the door,” he said.

“We’ve been so busy, we haven’t had a chance to get any advance tickets made.”

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