The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

December 31, 2012

Party down

Many residents to bring in new year at home

Area establishments are gearing up for New Year’s Eve celebrations as residents bid adieu to 2012 and welcome 2013.

“I see a lot of people that are very close to here,” said Brenda Galloway, owner-manager of Lake Erie Beverage on Lake Road in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

“Nobody wants to drive (New Year’s Eve),” Galloway said.

Many people are looking for a night at home with a few adult beverages to celebrate the New Year.

“It is pretty much Bud and Bud Light and this time of year we have the Christmas ales,” she said.

Across the street at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake there will be a variety of party opportunities this evening.

Lodge workers were busy decorating for the Rock Around the Clock event this evening in the main ballroom.

Most rooms are already booked for the event which includes a night’s accommodations, dinner at the main restaurant followed by  heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live band and dancing, said Joe Lucas, banquet supervisor.

Mark Judd operates the hotel bar and the lodge and saw a lot of people dressed up for last year’s big event.

“Usually New Year’s Eve they are looking for some Crown Royal or high-end whisky.” he said..

Lucas said 250 people are already signed up for the event with only eight not staying at the lodge. He said there are a few spots available for people hoping to attend but not in need of a room.

He said most of the people attending are Ashtabula County residents looking for a unique evening without having to drive. “We don’t do much advertising. It is mostly word of mouth,” he said.

Many establishments are planning early specials and then closing to get people home at a decent time.

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