As you’re making plans for New Year’s Eve, downtown is the place to be. Whatever you’re looking for: live music, balloon drops, family entertainment, fun for the kids, late night for over 21 – it’s all going on downtown!
[tw-divider]Goldie’s New Year’s Eve Reunion Show: Take 2! (At RiverPark Center)[/tw-divider]
If you enjoyed Goldie’s Opryhouse, you’ll love Goldie’s reunion show. It was such a hit last year they decided to make it an annual event. RiverPark Center Executive Director Roxi Witt said, “The RiverPark Center is happy to have Goldie’s New Years Eve back for a second year. It will be an evening full of family-friendly entertainment and a great way to kick off a new year.”
Goldie and her “backstage band” will be joined by former cast members Jon Brennan, Alyssa Roby, Katie Herron, Amy Beth Mason, Tara Estes, Janie Jett Mason & Jerry, Travis Estes, Natasha Neely, Goldie’s Girls, and more.
Those who wish to stay can enjoy a Moonlite breakfast following the show. Adult Tickets are $20-$25, with Moonlite Bar-B-Q breakfast $40-35.00. Child Tickets are $12.50-$10.00, with Moonlite Bar-B-Q breakfast $25.00-$20.00.
[tw-divider]“The Roaring 20s” (At Convention Center)[/tw-divider]
The Convention Center invites the 21 and over crowd to step back in time to the Roaring 1920′s for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Patrons will enjoy live music by the 2nd Street Big Band, watch the ball drop in Times Square on large screens, dance under a balloon drop, and have a champagne toast at midnight! Party favors and noise makers included, of course.
As part of the festivities, Chef Kyle Kellogg is preparing a special “Around The World” themed dinner featuring American, Italian, Asian, and Caribbean cuisine. “We will be providing a diverse spread of foods from around the world. There will be something for everyone, including shrimp cocktail, a pasta station with authentic Italian sauces, lo mein noodles, and jerk chicken,” Kellogg said.
Dress is Cocktail or Roaring 20’s attire. A “Speakeasy” in a separate room will feature bars, gambling games, candy cigarettes, and chocolate cigars.
Tickets are $50.00 per person.
[tw-divider]Noon Year’s Eve (At Museum)[/tw-divider]
Those with small children that may not make it till midnight can enjoy the “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration at Owensboro Museum of Science and History. This will be their seventh year hosting Noon Year’s Eve and Executive Director Kathy Olson says it continues to grow each year. “We had a record attendance last year of almost 750 patrons – many people have attended every year and it has truly become a local New Year’s Eve tradition for many families!”
A team of over fifty volunteers help the museum staff and board put on the event, blowing up over 1,000 balloons in preparation for the Noon balloon drop, making hundreds of decorative party hats/noise makers, and passing out “indoor firecrackers” (squares of bubble wrap), ginger ale, cookies and treat bags!
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. this year to accommodate the crowds, and a full morning of activities are planned until the balloons drop at noon:
- Make a festive Party Hat Station
- Make your own Noisemaker Station
- Creative Facepainting Station
- DJ Chad Gesser will entertain with music, announcements and the big COUNTDOWN TO NOON!
- Mitch Luman, from the Evansville Museum of Art and Science, will present a 45-minute SPECIAL LIQUID NITROGEN SHOW with lots of special effects!
- Indoor Firecrackers handed out to everyone (bubble wrap squares to pop at 12:00 Noon)
- Group Countdown to 12:00 Noon
- 1,000 balloon Drop at Noon
- Ginger Ale and Cookies for all
- Treat Bags to Take Home
Admission is the regular price of $3.00 per person, with two years of age and under free. As always, Museum Members are free.