In my family’s bastardized Southern tradition, it’s mandatory that one’s Christmas tree is removed New Year’s Day, through the back door, and the floor swept clean behind it and closed with flourish. Then you can eat your lucky black-eyed peas on the front porch, ushering in the New Year’s good juju.
Never having deviated from this, and experiencing life’s usual and even extreme ups and downs, I cannot verify that life would be any different had we challenged the tradition, but I’ve never had the guts to try.
Whether you are looking for a new way to celebrate or looking for details on your usual celebration, there is always plenty around the valley to enjoy.
For those with kids to sequester, there is a party called Zing! Kids’ Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party, at Sun Valley Resort for ages 8-14, starting at 6 p.m. Until 10 p.m., kids will enjoy videos and music with DJ Marlin, pizza, dancing, a photo booth and camaraderie. The cost is $50 per child. Make reservations at 622-2135.
For teens, the Blaine County Community Drug Coalition and Boulder Mountain Crossfit have partnered for a night of games, food, music, movies and prizes from 9 p.m to 9 a.m. Tickets are free, but required, and so far about 30 kids have signed up, so it’s already hopping. Call 578-5466 for more information.
Rotarun ski area near Hailey will hold a New Year’s Eve Spaghetti Feed with fireworks and night skiing (if possible) from 6-9 p.m. This is a fundraiser—$7 covers food and fun.
For the grownups, DJ Doc Rock/DJ Alien with Aces up and Marmalade Hill will appear New Year’s Eve at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $55, $60 at the door.
Mahoney’s in Bellevue hosts local favorite Up a Creek for the fifth annual New Year’s Eve Party. The festivities start at 7 p.m., there’s no cover, and an East Coast countdown to midnight at 10 p.m. It’s free and no reservations are needed.
The Sofa Kings will be at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Bellevue starting at 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. There is a free shuttle home to places in Hailey and Bellevue.
The New Year’s Eve Bubbly Bash is rocking out River Run Lodge again this year to benefit the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. That event is sold out.
Up your luck in 2014
This is a partial list of some of the New Year traditions collected by BuzzFeed:
- Argentina: Wear brand-new pink underwear to attract love.
- Brazil: Wear white to scare away bad spirits.
- Chile: Sweep your house inside out to remove bad energy.
- Colombia: Walk around your block with an empty suitcase for a year full of travel.
- Scotland: Be the first across a friend or neighbor’s threshold in the New Year.
- Spain: Eat a grape with each bell strike at midnight for prosperity.
- New Zealand: Bang pots and pans as loud as you can.
- Russia: Write down a wish on a piece of paper, burn it, throw it into a champagne glass and drink it between midnight and 12:01 a.m.