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Plenty of options for New Year’s Eve revellers


Staff writer

You’re all dressed up and have memorized the lyrics of “Auld Lang Syne.” The only question remaining is where to go?

Fortunately, there are several options.

In Calvert County, Back Creek Bistro will hold a groovy New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. complete with the sounds of five-piece band Jennifer Cooper & GrooveSpan. The event comes complete with a four-course dinner.

Reservations are now being accepted for four-course dinner seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the first seating are $65 and $55 and include a flute of Champagne, and tickets for the second seating are $85 or $95 and include live band and dancing, late-night hors d’oeuvres, Champagne, party favors and door prizes.

In the northern end of the county, American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach will hold a New Year’s Eve Dance from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. with music by local band, “Snakebite.”

This is the second consecutive year the band has played the venue on New Year’s Eve. Snakebite, which was formed in 1984, has released two CDs and plays original Southern rock music as well as covers of classic Southern rock by the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels Band and Molly Hatchet. The band plays about 25 gigs every year, including the Blessing of the Bikes and poker runs for charity.

For New Year’s, the band is mixing in some classic dance cover tunes such as, “In the Midnight Hour”, “Jail House Rock” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.”

Hosted by Sons of the American Legion, party tickets are $45 per person and include rail drinks, beer, wine and soda, light hors d’oeuvres until 9:30 p.m., Champagne toast and continental breakfast. Tickets can be purchased at the bar.

Across the bridge in St. Mary’s County, Bowles Farm will hold a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Dinner — steamship round, fried oysters, fried chicken — will be served from 7 to 8 p.m., and Strictly Business will perform 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Tickets are $50 per person and include 50-50 raffles and door prizes. A continental breakfast also will be served. Patrons are invited to bring their own adult beverages, but partygoers must be 21.

The event benefits the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary.

Charles County residents may want to count down the seconds to the new year 9 p.m.-1 a.m. from Miss Motley’s Café in Bel Alton.

The Rise Band Show will perform classic oldies. Tickets are $50 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar, and patrons must be 21.

Elsewhere in the county, Pete Hamelman presents Martini’s Lounge New Year’s Eve from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at 725 Cady Drive, Fort Washington.

Roadhouse, which has been together for more than 20 years, will perform. Tickets are $100 per person, which includes a buffet dinner with raw oysters, shrimp, lobster tails, top round, chicken and more, open bar, party favors, Champagne toast and continental breakfast.

Grille No. 13’s New Year’s Eve gala will be held 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at 173 St. Patrick’s Drive in Waldorf.

Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, Champagne toast, desserts, live DJ and a pancake breakfast. Happy hour prices will be in effect all night.

For those wishing to spend the last few hours with family, head to Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Art Center for pajama night.

“The original PJ night started years back and was created to make things easier for parents,” said Bill Stevenson, Annmarie Garden’s director of marketing and development. “[Parents] were encouraged to bring their children in their PJs and then just go home and straight to bed after an enjoyable evening at the Garden in Lights.”

The entertainment for the evening will be provided by local musician Magic Ray Jazz, who will perform 6-9 p.m. along with Cindy Woods on keyboards and Raymond Chu on bass.

Refreshments will be available and the Garden in Lights will be open until 9 p.m.

Museum admission of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military and free for members and children younger than 5 required.

If you go

Back Creek Bistro 14415 Dowell Road, Solomons Call 410-326-9900, email or go to

American Legion Post 206 3330 Chesapeake Beach Road, Chesapeake Beach Call Jack at 301-645-2725 or email

Bowles Farm 22880 Budds Creek Road, Clements Call Barbara at 301-769-2659 or go to

Miss Motley’s Cafe 9501 Crain Highway, Bel Alton Call 301-539-7900 or go to

Martini’s Lounge 10553 Theodore Green Blvd., White Plains Call 301-343-2058 or go to

Annmarie Garden 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell Call 410-326-2042 or go to

Grille No. 13 173 St. Patrick’s Drive in Waldorf. Call 301-645-2983, email or go to