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Count down to 2014 with these area events

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- GoodNight isn't the only New Year's Eve event in the Charleston area on Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the other events happening to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014:

"New" New Year's Eve Gospel Sing: The sixth annual "New" New Year's Eve Gospel Sing kicks off with a call to worship at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverside High School auditorium. The free sing runs 7 p.m. to midnight and features The Harbor Masters Quartet, The Humphreys, The Brighterside Quartet, The Praisemen, Brothers in the Cross, Divine Hope and pianist Ron Pauley. Call 304-542-9790 for more information.

The Comedy Zone Charleston: The Comedy Zone is once again offering its annual show-and-room package at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West in South Charleston. While packages for the 10 p.m. comedy show are already sold out, some remain for the 8 p.m. show.

The deal, which starts at $239, includes room accommodations at the Holiday Inn & Suites or Wingate by Wyndham (should Holiday Inn reach capacity with show tickets still available), a three-entrée dinner buffet for two before the show, tickets to the two-man comedy show, a champagne toast at midnight and a dance party after the show. There will also be champagne in your room, a full buffet breakfast on New Year's Day and a 1 p.m. late checkout time.

Call 304-744-4641 for reservations.

FOOTMAD's Good RidDANCE: The Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance will host a night of music and dance from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Columbia Gas Auditorium, 1700 McCorkle Ave. S.E. Warren Doyle will call to the music of Joe Dobbs and Friends for dances that include contras, squares, mixers, waltzes and swings. Plus, artist Rick Gallagher will lower FOOTMAD's "crystal" ball at midnight.

The family-friendly, alcohol-free event begins with a workshop for new dancers. It will also have refreshments and cabaret-style tables set up for guests to socialize.

The dress code is casual, and guests should wear soft-soled shoes. Partners aren't required.

Admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students, $40 for families and free for children under 13 and AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteers. Get tickets in advance at www.footmad.org or by calling 304-345-3562 during the day.

SpeakEasy Singles New Year's Eve Dance: This dance runs 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the West Virginia State University Wilson Student Union in Institute. It features music by DJ Randy Damron and party favors, as well as a midnight balloon drop (500 balloons) and toast. There will be a live feed from New York at midnight, too, in case you can't bear to ring in the year without watching the ball drop in the Big Apple.

Singles aren't the only ones welcome, though; the dance is also a reunion for old SpeakEasy members who are now married.

The dress code is dressy to very dressy, and admission is $15 for both members and non-members. Food is included in admission; drinks are $1. Call Ruth at 304-766-1041 or Nancy at 304-925-8024 or visit www.speakeasysingles.com.

Rubber Soul concert: The Beatles tribute band will bring in the new year at Timothy's, 1022 Quarrier St. The show runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is $15. For an additional $10, you get a champagne toast and breakfast.

Call 304-343-5686 for information. Get tickets in advance at www.showclix.com.

The Empty Glass: Modern blues/folk act The Company Stores will kick off the party at 10 p.m. at the club, 410 Elizabeth St. The music will stop at midnight for a champagne toast, and admission also includes party favors for the celebration.

It's $8 for individuals or $12 for couples. Call 304-345-3914 or visit www.emptyglass.com.

The Boulevard Tavern: For the third straight year, jam band Fletcher's Grove will ring in the new year at The Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. E. Rick Perdue opens the show at 10 p.m. and will also sit in with Fletcher's Grove.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Cover is $10. Call 304-205-7951 or visit www.theboulevardtavernwv.com.


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