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Options abound for celebrating on New Year's Eve
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. A time to reflect on the year passed, and the year to come. A perfect time to celebrate with family and friends.
And if your revelry takes you to the Blue Goose Tavern, you could win some meat.
The Blue Goose will hold a “meat shoot” shuffleboard contest. With prizes from a whole ham to bacon and eggs, winners could start off 2012 on a full stomach.
“We do the meat shoot all the time,” said Susie Geister, co-owner of the tavern next to the Annapolis Dock on Bay Street. “We’re doing it for New Year’s Eve this year.”
Outside of the shuffleboard contest, Port Orchard offers a full stable of events for every sort of New Year’s Eve reveler, whether you want to party like a rock star or watch fireworks on the beach with a special someone. Some are only for those 21 and older, while other events are meant for all ages.
For the praters who stay up a little too late on the last night of the year, don’t forget the annual Polar Bear Jump off the bridge near Al’s Grocery in Olalla scheduled for noon on New Year’s Day.
Now that’s a wake-up call.
• Hi-Joy Bowl, 1011 Bethel Ave.
Bowl into 2012 at Hi-Joy’s New Year’s Eve Rock and Bowl event. For $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door, the event features open bowling, lights and fog, a taco buffet and a DJ. Party favors are served at midnight. Bowling starts at 10 p.m. Call (360) 876-8111 for reservations.
• Family Inn, 2386 Colchester Drive East
The Family Inn in Manchester will serve a special New Year’s Eve meal. It will include steak, boiled prawns, salad, veggies and dessert. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m and costs $25 per person. The restaurant and the bar will be open until midnight. Call (360) 871-8199.
The Family Inn is a short walk from the Manchester dock, a popular spot to watch Seattle’s fireworks display across the water. Grab a blanket, the family and head out for the spectacular display.
• Yukon Do It Marathon, sponsored by Narrows Bridge Running Club Run Race, Registration at Route 16 Running & Walking store in Gig Harbor.
For the second consecutive year, Narrows Bridge Running Club is producing a marathon, a half-marathon and 5-kilometer run earlier in the day on New Year’s Eve. Called the “race of the year” by race directory Tony Seabolt, the event should draw a large crowd. The run starts at South Kitsap High School and continues along the water on Bay Street. Registration rates run from $85 for the marathon to $25 for the 5k run. Visit narrowsbridgerunningcub.com for more information.
• Sk8town, 1501 Piperberry Way
Sk8town is planning an all-night skating event for kids of all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. and there will be rollerskating, alligator tag, a pancake breakfast and dodgeball. The cost is $20 and kids will be allowed to leave only when their parents or another adult pick them up. Call (360) 871-4765.
• Impact Skate Shop, 1650 Jackson Ave.
While not technically a New Year’s Eve event, the Dec. 30 skate event at Impact will have skaters flipping toward the New Year. The event features a best-trick contest and a skate jam at the newly renovated indoor skatepark. Contest starts at 7 p.m. Registration is required. Call (360) 895-0793.
• MoonDogs, Too, 714 Bay St.
MoonDogs, Too will host Party Like a Rockstar, an event encouraging patrons to dress as Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin or even Justin Bieber. There will be air guitar and costume contests, and DJ Joe Frank will kick off the new year by playing rock hits. The event starts at 9 p.m. and there is a $5 cover. As always, MoonDogs, Too offers free cab service from the bar. Call (360) 895-2300.
• Tommy C’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1501 Piperberry Way
This Port Orchard sports bar is flying DJ Reaction in from Las Vegas to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. More than 400 people are expected to attend, with a champagne toast and ballon drop going down at midnight. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door, with VIP seating also available. The party starts at 9 p..m. and goes until 2 a.m. Call (360) 895-7823.
• Blue Goose Tavern, 1931 Bay St.
Blue Goose is offering unique, meaty way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Starting at 7 p.m., the tavern will open its two shuffleboard tables to a meat shoot competition. Contestants will enter a blind draw for partners, then compete for first-, second- and third-place prizes of cuts of meat, ranging from hams to bacon and egg meals. Drink specials will go through midnight and the bar is open until 2 a.m. The cost is $5 to enter the contest. Call (360) 895-8171.
• Hi Tide Tavern, 1371 Bay St.
Rock-and-roll band Pay Day will perform a marathon of an event for patrons down at the Hi Tide Tavern. Playing from 8 p.m. through close, Pay Day will help count down the last seconds of 2011. No cover, call (360) 876-2248.
• End Zone Sports Pub, 1023 Bethel Ave.
Complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres will start around 10 p.m. at the End Zone Sports Pub. The bar will also feature a DJ. No cover. Call (360) 874-8628.
• Manchester Pub, 8079 Main St.
The boss at Manchester Pub adheres to the traditional New Year’s theme. Champagne, party favors and hats will be passed out throughout the night. Beach viewing is available for fireworks. Call (360) 871-2205.