Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak s New Year s schedule is packed
  
Kodiak's New Year's schedule is packed
by Wes Hanna / whanna@kodiakdailymirror.com
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KODIAK — To ring in the new year, several downtown and entertainment venues in Kodiak are planning special festivities for local partygoers, catering to preferences from live music to dancing, karaoke, costume contests and good food.

Meanwhile, the Kodiak chapter of the Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association (CHARR) is continuing its voucher program for free taxi rides from bars and hotels to counter drunken driving.

For live music, The Village Bar is bringing in Butch Leman this weekend. Leman is a country-inspired singer-songwriter and commercial fisherman from Ninilchik. Village owner Wade Ball said he is bringing Leman back to sing his favorite tunes again after entertaining there for years.

Out the road, the Rendezvous will feature local band Little Ronnie and the Tube Screamers playing a mix of rock ’n’ roll and blues music beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale for the event. The Rendezvous is also serving a prime rib dinner beginning at 6 p.m. as a separate function.

The Elks Club will be open to the public New Year’s Eve with an invitation to join a potluck and spend the evening dancing to music, beginning at 6 p.m. Dress code is strictly casual clothing, jeans and T-shirts.

Just down the way at the Tropic Lounge, “the little bar” is hosting the second annual Snowflake Ball, featuring women dressed to the nines and men dressed in their best pirate/fisherman outfits for a damsel in distress theme.

DJs and dancing are featured at Tony’s Bar and at Bernie’s Lounge, with Bernie’s offering a way to karaoke into the new year.

The free taxi program from CHARR has been credited with cutting down the number of driving under the influence citations issued since its inception. The new year in 2005 was the first time in memory that no citations were issued over the New Year’s celebration, and that trend has held the past four out of five years.

Before the program, one or two driving under the influence citations were typical for New Year’s.

The presence of extra on-duty Kodiak police officers and Alaska State Troopers is also par for the course for the holiday weekend.

The Brown Bear Plunge, a dip in the ocean at Mill Bay Beach, traditionally takes place at noon New Year’s Day.

Contact Mirror writer Wes Hanna at whanna@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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