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Count down to the New Year with area events

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InFormation hosts its annual New Year's Eve Party at The Blue Parrot starting at 9:30 p.m. Guests this year are Appalachian reggae group Beggars Clan and ska band The Tom McGees.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Most people aren't fond of Mondays, but this week, the day has more going for it than usual since it's New Year's Eve. Have some fun and ring in the New Year with these area events:Music
  • AREA 51: The Charleston variety band heads to the National Guard Armory in Millwood for a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year's show sponsored by Ripley's BoMar Club, a non-profit support group for recovering alcoholics and addicts. The music runs 8 p.m. to midnight.
  • Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, free for 12 and under and $25 for families. Drinks and meat are provided; guests are asked to bring a side dish to share. Call 304-372-3722.
  • FLETCHER'S GROVE with LEE TURLEY: Fletcher's Grove brings its blend of rock, funk, jam and jazz to the Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd., for a 10 p.m. show that also includes the electro-soul/glitch hop of special guest Lee Turley. Rock into the New Year for $12, which includes a champagne toast, party favors and door prizes. Call 304-205-7951 or visit
  • THE HEPTANES, AC30 and DEADBEATS & BARKERS: Head to Huntington's V Club, 741 Sixth Ave., for a night of rockabilly, indie power pop and funk rock from this trio of local favorites. The show, which includes a champagne toast at midnight, is $10 and open to ages 18 and up. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 10 p.m. Call 304-781-0680 or visit
  • INFORMATION, BEGGARS CLAN and THE TOM MCGEES: The Blue Parrot, 14 Capitol St., is the headquarters of the annual InFormation New Year's Eve Party, starting at 9:30 p.m. The high-energy rock trio is joined by Beggars Clan (Appalachian reggae with a twist) and The Tom McGees (ska). Cover is $7, which includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Call 304-342-2583 or visit
  • THE JEFF ELLIS BAND and TIM BROWNING AND THE WIDOWMAKERS: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St., winds down 2012 with a night of Americana, folk and alt country beginning at 10 p.m. Cover is $7, which includes a champagne toast and party favors. Call 304-345-3914 or visit
  • "NEW" NEW YEAR'S EVE GOSPEL SING: Now in it's fifth year, this gospel sing by Randy Gifford Promotions runs 7 p.m. to midnight at Riverside High School, with a call to worship at 6:30 p.m. It will feature the Harbor Masters Quartet, the Lancaster Family, the Brighterside Quartet, The Praisemen, Brothers in the Cross and pianist Ron Pauley with other guests throughout the night. Admission is free. Call 304-542-9790.
  • TOM COHENOUR and LIVING FOR HIM: The Flood of Faith Church in Sandyville will host a night of Christian music from 7 p.m. to midnight with Sissonville's Living for Him and Tom Cohenour from Willow Hill, Pa. A love offering will be taken. Email
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  • DANCE PARTY: The Sound Factory,  812 Kanawha Blvd. E., rings in the New Year with a dance party with DJ Tugg. Doors open at 8 p.m., and cover is $5. Call 304-342-8001 or visit
  • DINNER DANCE: Chief Logan Lodge in Logan County begins the night with a sit-down dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. and follows that with dancing to music by the East Street Band from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $97.60 per couple with reservations required. Overnight packages are also available. Call Dan Taylor at 304-855-6100.
  • FOOTMAD: The group hosts Good RidDANCE 2012 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Columbia Gas Auditorium, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE. Warren Doyle will call to music from The Contrarians, who play a mixture of Appalachian, Celtic, swing and original tunes. They will also play music for jitterbugging and waltzing.
  • The alcohol-free event also includes an introduction to contra dance at 8:30 p.m. and a midnight ball drop by Rick Gallagher. Admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students, free for children under 13 and $40 for families. Call 304-343-5074 or visit
  • MARMET REC CENTER: Buck Matheny's Classic Country will provide the music for a special holiday edition of the weekly dance at this venue, 8500 MacCorkle Ave. Also, enjoy a baked steak dinner before you hit the dance floor, and there's a champagne toast at midnight.
  • Admission is $15 for individuals or $25 for couples. Dinner begins at 8 p.m., and the band plays from 9 p.m. to midnight. Call 304-949-9692.
  • SPEAKEASY SINGLES: The group's annual New Year's Eve singles dance runs 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at West Virginia State University's Wilson Student Union. DJ Randy Justice provides music, and a midnight balloon drop will release more than 400 balloons.
  • Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for non-members. Drinks (non-alcoholic only) are $1. Call Robin at 304-757-0163 or Vicki at 304-755-8444 or visit Amy Robinson at or 304-348-4881.
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