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Champagne, contemplation mark New Year's Eve events

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Toast in the New Year Eureka style!
Ring in 2008 with music, food, and a touch of the bubbly, or spend it in quiet contemplation of faith; either way, the start of a new year is something to celebrate. For partygoers, special events and live music will be featured at many of the town's clubs and lounges, but for those who don't have a designated driver, two hotels offer lodging/party packages, so celebrants can have the best of both worlds.

  The Best Western Inn of the Ozarks is planning a blowout party, complete with lodging, prime rib and seafood buffet, a DJ spinning the greatest tunes from the 1960s and 70s for your dancing pleasure; a costume contest, party favors and more; reservations and info are available by calling (479) 253-9768. The Basin Park Hotel also has a special Ballroom Blitz package available, although details were not available at press time, so call for complete details at (479) 253-7837.

  For those who believe in a life examined, the Little Portion Retreat and Training Center is offering 'Onward in God's Service: New Year's Retreat 2007,' a three-day self-review and study of the past year from Sunday, Dec. 30 to Tuesday, Jan. 1. The retreat includes meals, meditation, and sessions for reconciliation, atonement and resolution, as well as a celebration reception after New Year's Eve midnight services. On the first day of 2008, participants also receive a tour of the monastery. For more info, call (479) 253-7379.

  Need a little extra good luck for the coming year? Head out to War Eagle Mill for the annual Hopp'n John New Year's Celebration on Dec. 31-Jan. 1 and chow down on an Ozarks tradition of cornbread and black-eyed peas to ensure good fortune for 2008. Some old-timers swear it works, and the cornbread is made with cornmeal ground right at the mill, so it's delicious and lucky. For more info, call (479) 789-5343.

  No matter what method you choose to mark the New Year, celebrate safely, and have a wonderful 2008. For updated info on area celebrations, visit www.eurekasprings.org.

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