Businesses all over Augusta planning for New Year's Parties

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News 12 at 11 o'clock -- December 28, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- In a tough economy, many people can't afford to leave, but many businesses all over Augusta are planning different parties for everyone to bring in the new year their own way.

The year 2010 is only a few days away, but it will be not only the start of a new year, it's also the start of a new decade.

New Year's Eve will be the last time people will get to enjoy 2009 and the beginning of a new decade, which people are hoping is better than the last ten years for the United States of America.

Ann Griffith, is planning on going to have a nice dinner at the Olive Garden with a glass of wine before watching the ball drop at home on TV.

While she's sitting there, Kyle Rabbitt is planning on going to the New Years Eve Bash and 11th St. Ball Drop Extravaganza.

"I honestly think it's going to be a packed house," Rabbitt said. "Because there's not that many options that I found."

The New Year's Eve party on 11th St. is going to have it's own ball drop, for the third year in a row. Party planner, Mike Guthrie is still putting the finishing touches to the party.

"I'm excited, I have a lot of time and blood sweat and tears in it," Guthrie said.

He's doing it to try and get people to have the big party they can't go to in some of the bigger cities to Augusta, he said.

The party is planning to shut down 11th St. to have people partying in the street and in any of the surrounding clubs.

But while that party is going on there, The Playground, Sky City, and Island Bar and Grill will also be hosting New Year's parties.

If you aren't into the downtown scene though, there is also parties going on at Washington Road at Wild Wing Cafe and Somewhere in Augusta who is having "The Mason Jars" playing live.

"We're trying to step out of the box so people can enjoy themselves," Bar and Grill manager Micah Hand said. "It will be a good party."

Hand said people will be shocked how full the place will be, but they will serve food and have drink specials all night.

At midnight they will be giving free champagne, but they won't be dropping a ball. Hand did say they might drop balloons.

Who will be lighting the ball though is Elizabeth Connor of the Georgia-line Christian singles party at Social in the Village West Shopping Center on Washington Road.

"Only singles if you're legally separated you can come," Connor said. "We have single couples and singles that come along."

Though they are having the party they won't be popping any champagne through the night.

"We are going to have sparkling water," she said. "That's our champagne for the night."

So no matter who you are there is something out there for you, but everything comes with a price. The Christian singles is $8 for members and $10 non-members.

The 11th St. Ball Drop Extravaganza is $20 for singles and $30 for couples.

The Somewhere in Augusta party is free admission.

Many others can watch the ball drop downtown without actually going inside the 11th St. Ball Drop Extravaganza.

Here is the list of some other parties that are going on.

The Swingin' Medallions - Doors 7, show 9:30 p.m., The Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon (706) 364-1862

New Year's Party with Tommy O.D. and Shotgun Opera: 10 p.m., The Playground (706) 724-2232

'80s Night New Year's Eve Party: Doors open 8 p.m., music 9 p.m., Sky City, $5 cover

New Year's eve bash with The Endalls: About 10:15 p.m., Wild Wing Cafe (706) 364-9453

Stone Dogs: Joe's Underground (706) 724-9457

New Year's Eve Party: 8 p.m., Malibu Jack's $60 per person, includes four-course meal, wine pairing with each course; ask about transportation home (706) 364-9175

New Year's Eve with The Mason Jars: 10 p.m., Somewhere in Augusta (706) 739-0002

New Year's Revolution: Club Sparx (706) 364-8278

New Year's Eve Party with The Tight Penny Band: Little River Roadhouse Appling, GA (706) 309-9067

New Year's Eve with DJ Spudd, Islands Bar and Grill: 9 p.m. (706) 504- 3685

Heath, Goudy, and Hadley New Year's Eve Party: Fox's Lair (706) 828-5600

New Year's Eve Party of Augusta Christian Singles: 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Ballroom Dance Center $18 guests, $16 members and includes catered food (706) 863-9262

The New Year's Eve Dance of the GA-LINA Christian Singles: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Social in Village West Shopping Plaza $8 members, $10 nonmembers (706) 863-1214

PRAISEAPALOOZA: 10 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Celebrates the opening of the church's Family Life Center, concert featuring Terri Gibbs, Kyle Jones and the Aldersgate Praise Band (706) 733-4417

Bodacious New Year's Eve Party: Iron Horse Bar and Grill
Beech Island: (803) 867-2388

Casa Blanca New Year's Eve Party: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Casa Blanca Cafe
$30 each with dinner or $10 each without dinner (706) 504-3431

New Year's Eve Ball Drop Party: 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., 11th Street between Metro and 1102 Downtown Bar and Grill

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