New Year’s – In with a bang

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

NewYear’s Eve in Stanstead was al­leged to have been a bor­ing propo­si­tion not so long ago. Road trips to more pop­u­lated des­ti­na­tions was the best op­tion for a lively night. All that was re­quired was a des­ig­nated driver. Stanstead, how­ever, is turn­ing its’ new leaf. 2011 opened with a Gala at the old But­ters­field Fac­tory. At­ten­dees spoke en­thu­si­as­ti­cally of the event for weeks af­ter. This year end will be even more ex­cit­ing, as those who planned the But­ters­field event have moved the party to more posh sur­round­ings, namely Stanstead Col­lege’s Le­baron Hall and the Pat Burns Arena VIP Room.

New Year’s may be a ro­man­tic time for some, re­quir­ing din­ner out, fol­lowed by danc­ing. Oth­ers may sim­ply wish to head out later for a night of danc­ing with friends. Re­gard­less of your plans, this year’s or­ga­niz­ers have thought of ev­ery­one, ev­ery bud­get and ev­ery taste, when they planned Stanstead’s Black Di­a­mond Party. The evening has three op­tions.

The Black Di­a­mond Party will take place in the Mol­son-coors VIP Room at the Pat Burns Arena. The event be­gins at 6:30 pm and in­cludes a de­li­cious four-course din­ner and com­ple­men­tary glass of wine. Mu­sic will be per­formed by Mike Goudreau and his trio. The fes­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue through the night and will in­clude party favours and a glass of sparkling wine for a tra­di­tional mid­night toast. Tick­ets for the din­ner and dance are $75 each. For those who pre­fer to ven­ture out later in the evening, the danc­ing and mid­night toast are an ex­cel­lent op­tion. Those in­ter­ested in join­ing the fun af­ter din­ner can do so, start­ing at 8:30 pm, with tick­ets rea­son­ably priced at $25 for the evening.

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