With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, here is a peek at some of the local festivities for
ushering in 2010 in style.

12-30-nm_times_square_09117_ms.jpgThe Fayetteville Dogwood Festival’s Party in the Park will feature live entertainment and a chili
and wings cook off. Hot Sauce and Nantucket will be the entertainment as folks are mingling and
kids are taking advantage of the craft corner and bouncy houses. There will be food vendors, as well
as party favors, available. Look for an early fireworks show at about 8:45 p.m. so that the little ones
can enjoy the fun of celebrating the new year. A dogwood blossom will drop at midnight as a live feed
from Times Square is broadcast on the Festival Park stage screen. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.


Holiday Inn Bordeaux is offering a room package that includes overnight accommodations
with a late check out (1 p.m.), brunch in Cafe Bordeaux and hourly shuttle service to and from the
Party in the Park. Cost per couple is $109. Call 323-0111 and book yourself and someone special an
evening of fun.


Temple Theater in Sanford is celebrating with some down home bluegrass tunes this New
Year’s Eve featuring mandolin player Mike Aldridge, Stan Brown on the banjo, Tommy Edwards
strumming his guitar, bass player Thomas “Snuffy” Smith and Keith Thomas on the fiddle. Tickets
are $13, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Get more info at www.templeshows.com or by calling (919)
774-4155 and be a part of a true Bluegrass experience.


LocksCreek is offering a special menu selection, $24.95 per person or $47.95 for two. Choose
from prime rib with au jus, horseradish cream and jumbo grilled shrimp served with garlic whipped
potatoes and perfectly seasoned broccoli or lump crab stuffed salmon with a lemon butter sauce
served with rice pilaf and shoestring green beans with wild mushrooms.


The Mash House
is serving a special New Year’s Eve menu featuring Oyster Shooters, She
Crab Soup, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad, Hickory Tenderloin Roulade, Chicken Florentine, Absolut
Citron Salmon and Red Velvet Cake. Choose four courses for $50 (also available a la carte). Regular
menu items will be offered through out the evening as well, with entertainment lasting until 2 a.m.


Some of Fayetteville’s standard party venues are throwing down with great gusto on Dec. 31.
IT’Z Entertainment City is featuring live music by David “The Piano Man” Parker. Fractured Fairy
Tales, Bound n Gagged, Loudwater Fury and Lost Cause will be on stage at The Rock Shop. The
Dog House
’s annual New Year’s Eve party is showcasing local favorite The Fifth. Paddy and Bill will
be sharing the stage with Autumn Nicholas at Paddy’s Irish Public House as 2010 comes rolling
in. At 
partiers will find New Machine, The Omega Cell, Salvation and Joey and Adrian
entertaining the crowds.

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