Ring in the New Year in the Miss-Lou

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 30, 2010

NATCHEZ — With multiple locations offering New Year’s eve events, area residents will have a tough decision to make regarding their celebration plans this year.

The Natchez Convention Center will host the Ben Shaw Band from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., including a champagne toast at midnight.

Walter Tipton, Natchez Convention Center director, said this is the second year the center has hosted festivities, and they look forward to a crowd similar to last year’s celebration.

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“I think anytime you can have entertainment on New Year’s eve, particularly in Natchez where all the hotels are in walking distance or five minutes away, it gives the community a nice opportunity to come together in a safe environment,” Tipton said.

Tickets to the celebration are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, which includes two drink tickets, party favors and hors d’oeuvres.

The Isle of Capri Casino will host The Cowboy Blues both Friday and Saturday night in the Caribbean Cove area along with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The casino will be doing hourly cash drawings of $500 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. and $1,000 at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Entertainment is free of charge.

The Grand Soleil Casino Resort will feature three bands, including Ben Lewis, Brandon McCraney and Chris Cavette playing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., a special menu, including lobster bisque and grilled mahi-mahi, as well as party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. There is no cost for entry.

The Vidalia Conference and Convention Center will have its New Year’s eve bash Friday from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m., featuring Cuz and Company starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by Easy Eddie & The Party Rockers at 9 p.m.

Sherri Rabb, marketing and public relations director, said the center enjoys welcoming area residents as well as travelers to welcome in the new year.

“I think they like that it’s all in one place combined,” Rabb said. “That way they’re not on the road driving from place to place.”

Tickets to the bash are $30 a person, or reserved tables are also available for $225, which includes eight tickets. Partygoers are instructed to bring their own beverages, excluding glass beer bottles.