Mid-Ohio Valley set to ring in 2019

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have a number of activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2018 and the arrival of 2019 on New Year’s Eve.

Some of those will include:

WOOD COUNTY

* In Parkersburg, the Blennerhassett Museum will be holding its first “Big Band Bash” from 9 p.m.-midnight at the museum at Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple to attend the party, which covers museum admission, food, punch, coffee, water and the music and dance.

The event features music by the Doug Hess Band under the direction of Felice Jorgeson. The music will be from the 1940s, from swing to rumba, with a rhythm section, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, drums and bass guitar.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 304-420-4800. The Big Band Bash is sponsored by the Blennerhassett Historical Foundation as a fundraiser for Blennerhassett Island and museum activities and support.

* In Parkersburg, the Blennerhassett Hotel will host a New Year’s Eve event to ring in 2019 called “Masquerade” at the hotel at the corner of Fourth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the event will feature a night of dinner and dancing with music by local band Hip Pocket. There will be other activities and attractions. Reservations are recommended since space is limited. Masks will be provided.

* In Vienna, Elvis tribute artists Jim Forshey and Hank Poole will be performing a New Year’s Eve Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Vienna Community Building in Jackson Memorial Park.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. The show is sponsored Johnson Chiropractic Clinic.

RITCHIE COUNTY

* North Bend State Park at Cairo is offering special packages for New Year’s Eve. The park lodge will host a dinner and a dance with live music by Stonestreet Band. There will also be snacks, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

There are separate prices for singles and couples for the dinner and dance with or without overnight lodging. For more information or reservations, call North Bend at 304-643-2931.

ATHENS COUNTY

* Hocking Valley Scenic Railway will hold a New Year’s Eve Train and Fireworks show on Dec. 31.

The train departs the Nelsonville Depot at 10:30 p.m. and travels to East Logan and returns. On the return trip, the train stops near the stroke of midnight at everyone is treated to a fireworks display to bring in 2019.

Two seating sections are available: “Pizza & Pop” and “Wine & Cheese.” Only those over age 21 are permitted in the Wine & Cheese section and the family-friendly Pizza & Pop is open to all ages.

During the ride, depending on seating choice, you will be served either cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza, and soda pop (diet versions and water also available upon request) or wine and cheese. You may not bring alcohol on board, but you are welcome to bring other food and soft drinks as you’d like.

Each coach is heated. You can not move from car to car or section to section during the train ride. You also can not leave children under 18 unattended in Pizza & Pop section.

Reservations, online or by phone, are required as ticket sales end at 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 29. The duration of the ride is two hours. For information and to order tickets, call toll-free 800-967-7834.

WASHINGTON

COUNTY

* In Marietta, the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta will feature a New Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. with music by local band Titus Canbe. There will be a midnight buffet, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight in the ballroom. The cost is $35 for singles and $65 for couples.

For reservations or overnight accommodation information, call 1-800-331-9336 or 740-373-5522.

* In Marietta, the Adelphia Music Hall in The Galley at 203 Second St. in Marietta will host a New Year’s Eve Party with a Rewind Remix

Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets available at the Galley and at supremeticket.com. General admission is $15 advance and $20 on the day of show. It includes a champagne toast.

* In Marietta, the Valley Gem Sternwheeler will offering a New Year’s Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31, departing from 601 Front St. in Marietta.

The cruise will feature the murder mystery “The Midnight Murderer,” a prime rib dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. The cost is $45 per person and includes the dinner, show and toast. Reservations are required by calling 740-373-7862.

* In Marietta, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5108 will hold a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance from 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Dec. 31 at the post at 319 Pike St. The dance will be preceded by a wings dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with menu pricing. Another dinner consisting of pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes will be served at midnight.

Pickin’ On Country will perform from 8 p.m.-midnight. There is no cover for the dance. To sign up, contact 740-374-9038.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

* On New Year’s Day, the Baptist Temple of Parkersburg will hold its annual free New Year’s Day community dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 at the church, at 19th Street and Park Avenue in Parkersburg.

The event is open for the community. For more information, contact the church at 304-428-4494.

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