Mid-Ohio Valley ready to welcome 2020

Baptist Temple in Parkersburg will hold its annual New Year’s Day dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 at the church on Park Avenue across from City Park in Parkersburg. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2019 and the arrival of 2020 on New Year’s Eve.

Some of those are:


* In Parkersburg, the Blennerhassett Hotel will host a New Year’s Eve event to ring in 2020 called “Roaring 20s” at the hotel at the corner of Fourth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

The event will take a step back to the 1920s and the Prohibition Era, with the Blennerhassett Hotel re-imagined as a speakeasy for the night. Music will be provided by the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band, which will be performing 1920s-50s jazz, pop, Motown, and top 40.

While there is no dress code, guests are invited to dress in black, white, gold or silver attire to enhance the 1920s feeling of the evening. Top hats and plume tiaras will be provided.

* In south Parkersburg, the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church will hold its annual New Year’s Eve Watch Service on Dec. 31 at the church at 4124 14th Ave.

The evening will begin with food and fellowship at 8 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The service will start around 9 p.m. and include music from New Life Quartet, The Fullertons and The Burch Family, along with a message from Pastor Tim Burch. The evening will close the old year and welcome the new year in prayer.


* 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 Four on the Floor. 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 $25 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 a murder mystery, dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. The cost is $50 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.


* 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 Neon Moon 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.


* 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 as everyone is treated to a fireworks display to bring in 2020.

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, visitors will be served either cheese pizza or pepperoni pizza, and soda pop (diet versions and water also available upon request) or wine and cheese. Alcohol may not be brought on board, but other food or soft drinks are permitted.

Each coach is heated, but visitors can not move from car to car or section to section during the train ride. Children under 18 can not be left unattended in the Pizza & Pop section.

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

* In Athens, the Dairy Barn Arts Center will hold its annual New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Tickets are $50. There will be music by The Randys along with food and drinks.


* 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.-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.

* In Ritchie County, on Jan. 1, North Bend State Park will follow its New Year’s Eve celebration with a First Day Hike at North Bend. Starting at 10 a.m. from the Nature Center, hikers will go out the Access Trail to the Rail Trail and take advantage of learning some history and train stuff along the way with naturalist and interpreter Ken Zebo.

Depending upon the group interest, the turn around may be at Tunnel 13 or could continue to Tunnel 12. Appropriate outerwear and sturdy footwear for winter hiking is recommended. If the hike turns around at Tunnel 13 it will be 1.6 miles, if it extends to Tunnel 12 it will be 2.6 miles. Hikers will receive a First Day Patch at conclusion of the hike.

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com


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