Kitsap parties celebrate the real turn of millennium

"Last New Year's, you were either wearing a goofy 2000 hat and spending too much money on a premature turn-of-the-millennium shindig, or huddled in the basement waiting for civilization as we know it to lurch to a halt. "

“Last New Year’s, you were either wearing a goofy 2000 hat and spending too much money on a premature turn-of-the-millennium shindig, or huddled in the basement waiting for civilization as we know it to lurch to a halt. The real turn-of-the century occurs in two weeks, and Kitsap revellers can find a variety of public settings to celebrate. Among the entertainment offerings are mystery dinner theater, bowling, dancing and live music. Some of the celebrations offer the traditional midnight champagne toast, and others are designed to be alcohol-free family events. NORTH KITSAP The rock band Beyond the Fringe begins playing at 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve at the Clearwater Casino in Suquamish. Admission is free. Party favors will be distributed, and a champagne toast celebrated at midnight. For more information, call (360) 598-6889, (800) 375-6073 or check out www.clearwatercasino.com. For show reservations, call Jolene at (360) 340-4497. SOUTH KITSAP Soundview Ballroom in Port Orchard hosts a formal New Year’s Eve ball featuring a prime rib dinner by Le Garmache’ Catering, an interactive dinner theater/murder mystery by Smoking Guns Production, and dancing to live music. Tickets are $65, and reservations must be made by Dec. 27 by calling (360) 895-1000. The package also includes beer, wine, champagne and party favors. Tickets are limited, so there will be plenty of room to dance at the ballroom overlooking Sinclair Inlet and downtown Bremerton at 2065 Bay St., just below the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil. You can begin 2001 with a strike at the New Year’s Eve Moonlight Bowl at the popular Hi-Joy Bowl, 1011 Bethel Ave., Port Orchard. The party starts at 9 p.m., and features treats, a buffet, and champagne and music at midnight. Party goers will be handed hats, leis and noise makers. Three people will begin the new year with $100 jackpots, and prizes will be awarded for certain strikes and knocking down colored pins. Tickets are $25 if purchased by Dec. 29, $30 after that date. For more information, call (360) 876-8111. Singer Boya-Salamanka sings a variety of musical styles at the Port Orchard Eagles Club’s New Year’s celebration from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Eagles Hall at 4001 Jackson Ave., Port Orchard. Tickets are $20 for singles and $35 for couples. They can be purchased only in advance, at the bar inside the club.The package includes door prizes, snacks throughout the evening and a champagne toast at midnight. Dinner will not be served, but a breakfast will be presented in the first hours of 2001. For more information, call (360) 876-2338. CENTRAL KITSAP Central Stage Theatre of County Kitsap (CSTOCK) hosts A Grand Night for Singing at the Silverdale Community Center. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at the Kitsap Mall customer service booth. The family-oriented evening includes food, entertainment by local singers and door prizes. Alcohol is prohibited. Proceeds benefit CSTOCK scholarships. For more information, call (360) 692-9940, or check out www.cstock. Bremerton Eagles #192, 205 6th St. hosts a New Year’s Eve Party featuring music by Steve and the Good Times from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $18 (single) and $35 (couple) and are available to the public. Information 373-4944. “

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