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Welcome the New Year, 2020, with style

By Dasha Morgan

Perhaps a 3-olive martini will be the way to start the New Year at the Seasons at Highland Lake
Perhaps a 3-olive martini will be the way to start the New Year at the Seasons at Highland Lake

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, so now is the time to think about making plans for the evening. Every person has his/her own idea of how to celebrate the best and happiest, either quietly at home with family or out on the town kicking up your heels at a big celebration and cheering on another decade. There are many events going on this year. Some places—much to my surprise— are actually closed for the night— such as Sierra Nevada, Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Appalachian Ridge, and The Swag, which is already closed for the season. So one needs to check before venturing out. Below are a few appealing possibilities. However, with some of them you must make your reservations quickly as the reservations are filing up fast.

The Pack’s Tavern Century Room

There are two options available to kick off the Pack’s Tavern’s 10th anniversary year — an elegant event upstairs for a small group of only 120 people with reservations for $125/person in the Century Room. The ticket price includes two drink tickets, a gourmet food stations dinner, many party favors including hats & boas, a DIY photo booth, dancing to the Groove Shakers (a great blend of party tunes), late night bites and a champagne toast! This starts at 8 PM in the elegantly exposed brick and beam construction room, which will include glittering New Year Eve’s décor.

The Century Room on the Park.
The Century Room on the Park.

Century Room party guests are invited to wear whatever makes them feel festive and comfortable. The event is nearly sold out but apparently there are a few tickets remaining! So call quickly 828-774-5235 for tickets!
Downstairs in the Tavern for those who want something a little more casual, there will be live music from house favorite A Social Function. The Tavern Downstairs is only $20 at the door, beginning at 8:00 PM. Music starts at 9:30! $19 bottles of bubbly is being offered, as well as fun party favors. Photos featuring the iconic 1932 Ford Model A Yellow Truck can be taken, and drink specials are available all night long.

The Grove Arcade Ushers in The Roaring Twenties

Prepare to be transported to a speakeasy straight out of the 1920s as soon as you enter the revolving doors of Grove Arcade at 1 Page Avenue in Asheville at 7:00 PM, which will feature live jazz, decorations, craft cocktails, a photo booth portal, and hors d’oeuvres, served by original Flappers as they walk throughout the party. The evening will be accompanied by jazz from Asheville’s Red Echo Lab and Justice Mann (trombone) of Shabudikah. A high-energy, modern take on roaring jazz and pop classics, their melodies are sure to make you bust out The Lindy Hop or maybe some of these other classics of the time!

The $40 ticket comes with at least one E.W. Grove’s Gin & Tonic beverage and hors d’oeuvres. E.W. Grove made his fortune selling a medicine called Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic. To commemorate his legacy, the Arcade partnered with Chemist Spirits Brand Ambassador & Mixologist, Jonny Burritt, to create a one-of-a-kind cocktail.This is a modern take on a classic combination. The featured drink of the evening has balanced notes of lemon-honey and sage with a sparkling gin beverage, served in a cold mason glass to pair perfectly with the evening. This Grove Arcade party ends at 10:00 PM, but there are multiple parties and events going on within and around the building past midnight, including Santé Wine Bar and Isa’s Bistro. A word to the wise, People who want to stay out after midnight should probably make reservations before hand.

Battery Park Book Exchange Celebrates Truman Capote

A Black and White Ball is being held at the Battery Park Book Exchange for New Year’s Eve, starting at 9:00 PM for $100 per person. This is their Premier Truman Capote masquerade party like those he held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in the 60’s. Capote served Tattinger Champagne, and all his guests came in their finest black and white wearing elaborate masks. There will be live jazz all night—with 6 different bands, and a full breakfast buffet at 11:00 PM following the same menu from Capote’s party in 1966. Advanced VIP tickets available, which include reserved seating, a complimentary welcome sparkling cocktail, a midnight Taittinger Champagne toast, and a late night breakfast buffet inspired by Capote’s original menu. Expect lavish decorations with fascinating guests to take yourself back to an elegant place and time. (Masks can be provided if needs be.)

The Asheville Symphony Classical Mystery Tour

Now here is another way to bring in the New Year—with the Asheville Symphony at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at 8 PM. There will be the Classical Mystery Tour band — including cast members from the Broadway smash Beatlemania! The first half of the concert features selections from the unforgettable Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, performed exactly as it was recorded. The set-list for the second half has been chosen by those voting until December 20th for their favorite Beatles song to be played with a full symphony orchestra.

Following the program, you can then join for the “Yellow Submarine” after-party as the Symphony rings in 2020 with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a beer/wine open bar and a champagne toast, featuring live music from Carolina Music Planner. Tickets are $125 per person and available by calling the office at 828 254-7046.

Buxton Hall Barbecue Disco Party

Beginning at 10:30 PM until 2 AM on New Year’s eve Buxton Hall Barbecue, known for it’s mouth-watering barbecue on Asheville’s Southslope at 32 Banks Avenue will be having a “bubbles and cocktails disco ball” with a small entry fee of $3.00. In their relaxed atmosphere, you can bring in the New Year with friends, as you munch on some delicious wood-smoked meats, sides, and yummy holiday pie. What a way to start 2020!

Hendersonville County’s Apple Rise Celebration

The New Year’s Eve Apple Rise is the 4th Annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville. This always attracts a festive crowd. Early in the evening, a wide variety of activities are planned for the whole family. The music starts at 5:30 PM. Some of the pre-countdown activities include decorating a New Year’s eve hat or making a necklace. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be served with available games such as corn hole, giant jenga and giant connect four set up for enjoyment. A large board with various colored marking pens available will be set up to write down your resolutions for the New Year. Yes, Remember those!!
Starting at 11 PM is the official Apple Rise ceremony, which leads up to the local midnight New Year celebration. Noisemakers, glow sticks and hot beverages will be given out while supplies last, plus a DJ will play the top hits of 2019. Corn hole and giant Jenga games, as well as warming stations, will be available, At 11:55 PM the New Year’s eve countdown and apple rise begin. The Ambassador leads the countdown to midnight with a confetti cannon blasting off just after the countdown. Music will continue to play as attendees exit until 12:30 AM.

The Seasons at Highland Lake

From 5:00 to 9:00 PM the Seasons at Highland Lake in Flat Rock will have live instrumental music during dinner for a special New Year’s Eve in the charming, historic dining room. They are offering a delicious 4-course meal with a bite size hors d’oeuvres and a glass of champagne for $85.00 per person. For the entree, you can choose between rack of lamb, red snapper or Cornish hen, all beautifully, prepared by their professional award winning staff.with many fresh ingredients grown on the property at Highland Lake. To make reservations for a cozy, relaxed evening guests should call 828-696-9094.

Burntshirt Vineyard’s Decade Party

Another way to bring in the New Year is at the Burntshirt Vineyards at 2695 Sugarloaf Road in Hendersonville. This event is being held on the winery property with its state-of-the-art wine production facility, which opened in 2013. Gruner Veltliner, Merlot, Cab Franc, and Chardonnay are a few of the wines produced from grapes planted and grown on the property. For the New Year party, guests are asked to dress and celebrate the evening in their favorite decade outfit!! The festivities will be held in The Summit, the event center next to the tasting room. Many light hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a midnight champagne toast are being offered, as DJ GetVocal Entertainment provides dance music. Treat yourself to a special wine (or beer) from the area for the New Year. Burntshirt Vineyards plans to raffle off 6 special bottles of Burntshirt wine throughout the night. The tickets are $60 per person ($55 Club Members). For more information and to make reservations, go to: https://www.burntshirtvineyards.com/all-events/.
There are many events and celebrations taking place, far too many for me to include them all. If you want to explore further, a couple of good websites to check are https://www.beverly-hanks.com/blog/new-years-eve-events/ and https://www.romanticasheville.com/new_year.htm. Here’s wishing you a wonderful New Years eve celebration, wherever you go, but please be safe if you are on the road.

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