Gala Din­ner Dance 7:30pm Ball­room New Year’s Eve Fes­ti­val 8:30pm Con­fer­ence Center

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“We of­fer a very unique event in that it stays true

to that tra­di­tion ” -Bob Mar­torana, Gen­eral Man­ager

“We re­ally have the flex­i­bil­ity to cater to what our visi­tors want for their hol­i­day,” Mar­torana said, adding that the ho­tel has seen its share of unique party guests. “One year we had a cou­ple who had just got mar­ried and in­stead of hold­ing a re­cep­tion, they bought our New Year’s Eve pack­age,” he said. “They brought their pho­tog­ra­pher and just joined the party. And ev­ery­one loved cel­e­brat­ing with them.” The at­tire may be cock­tail and black tie and the decor el­e­gant and clas­sic, but the at­mos­phere is re­laxed and invit­ing. “I think one of the things that has kept this tra­di­tion go­ing for so long is that peo­ple are com­ing just to have a good time,” Mar­torana said. The ho­tel of­fers pack­ages for each event for guests who want to cel­e­brate for more than one night. “Rather than go out to a wild party that night, they can come here and re­ally en­joy them­selves. And of course, they can just ride the el­e­va­tor home,” Mar­torana said. Event pack­age prices start at $329. Guests are given gifts as to­kens to re­mem­ber the evening rang­ing from or­na­ments and crys­tal pa­per­weights to prints of the ho­tel and down­town. “It re­ally adds a per­sonal touch to the event,” Hardin said. Pre­par­ing for the event means all hands on deck as

each depart­ment con­trib­utes by dec­o­rat­ing floor to ceil­ing and wall to wall. “We start plan­ning far in ad­vance, plan­ning the decor and color schemes,” Hardin said. “On the day of New Year’s Eve, through­out the ho­tel we blow up over 500 bal­loons and all de­part­ments pitch in. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s fun and there is a lot of ca­ma­raderie.” Fol­low­ing the par­ties, guests from both events are in­vited to the “black-eyed pea re­cep­tion” in the Mag­no­lia Room at mid­night, bring­ing luck to all guests as they en­ter the new year. “You can’t cel­e­brate the new year with­out black eyed peas and cornbread,” Hardin said. “It’s an old tra­di­tion to en­sure luck in the com­ing year, which we, of course, want our guests to have.” The Ar­ling­ton draws in peo­ple rang­ing in age from 21 to early 80s for its New Year’s Eve fes­tiv­i­ties, some­thing that would leave many peo­ple dis­ap­pointed if the tra­di­tion ever stopped. “The hol­i­day sea­son is a very spe­cial time at The Ar­ling­ton – some­thing our guests and staff re­ally en­joy,” Mar­torana said. “Peo­ple love to come to work each day this time of year, and we’re ready for our guests to join us and cel­e­brate.” For more in­for­ma­tion on pack­ages and reser­va­tions, call (501) 609-2533 or 1(800) 643-1502, or visit www.ar­ling­ton­ho­tel.com.

Toni Aul­gur, Benny Baker, Bob Mar­torana and Gaye Hardin in­vite guests to join the fes­tiv­i­ties at the Ar­ling­ton Ho­tel Re­sort and Spa New Year’s Eve par­ties.

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