New Year's festivities span an array of interests
by Matt Shinall
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City Cellar and Loft Chef Lou Izaguirre, left, discusses the New Years Eve menu with owner Bob Smith. Izaguirre plans a buffet with a carving station that will include a cheese board, chicken tenders, peel-and-eat shrimp and barbecue meatballs. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Celebrants of the New Year may find a holiday activity to suit their tastes with a wide range of events taking place Friday and Saturday.

Revelers have their choice from religious observances to music and concerts as the clock strikes midnight. New Year's Day will likewise host events marking historical occurrences while others shop for historic items.

For those wanting to ring in the new year with a crowd and champagne toast, The City Loft will host a celebration, including food, music and party favors while fans of Elvis Presley can enjoy a show New Year's Eve.

Churchgoers across the nation will attend night watch services, giving thanks for the past and spending time in prayerful consideration of the future. A list of local churches holding observances New Year's Eve can be found on Page 6A.

Bob Smith, owner of The City Cellar and Loft, offers guests hors d'oeuvres and music from DJ Russell Andrews from 9 to 11 p.m. with party favors and a champagne toast from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. for $15 or $10 for guests arriving after 11 p.m. For more information, call 770-334-3170.

"It should be a good night. ... We're just trying to give folks an alternative to driving downtown [Atlanta] and give them something new downtown in the city [of Cartersville]," Smith said, adding that the local nightlife is growing. "It's getting better and better; I'm getting a lot of responses and feedback.

"People are supporting the venue, they like it a lot. So I'm getting a lot of support from in town and out-of-towners, too."

Presley fans will enjoy the live tribute band Young Elvis and the Blue Suedes with special guest Billy Stanley, Presley's step-brother, performing at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. Admission is $25 with an afterparty at the Holiday Inn for $20. For performance information, call the box office at 770-606-5763, and for after party information, call 770-386-0830.

New Year's Day boasts an opportunity for spiritual and historical enlightenment as Alexander Chapel United Methodist Church starts the year out on a positive note with their annual Emancipation Proclamation Program.

Alexander Chapel UMC Worship Leader Margaret Smith likened the celebration of freedom to the Fourth of July. A message entitled A Time For Healing will be given by the Rev. Charles Ramsey, senior pastor at St. Luke AME. The Saturday event will begin at 11 a.m. at 609 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Cartersville.

Ken McLeod, an Adairsville business owner, will kick off the year with a special event -- the Ken's Antique and Auction eighth-annual New Year's Day Antique Auction. Hosting three holiday sales a year, McLeod will draw one of his largest crowds of the year Saturday.

"We get some good turnouts, some good response from it," McLeod said. "Usually we'll get a couple hundred people out, 150 to 200 people out, and the majority are out-of-town people. We may get 10 people from Bartow County in there, but we get a lot of people from out of town, out of state."

Not only will buyers turn out in person for this live antique auction but callers will bid over the phone as well. In other auctions, held the second Saturday of each month, live online bids will be taken as well. In December, nearly 200 registered bidders took part in the online bidding process from eight different countries.

McLeod also specializes in on-site hosting estate sales but he feels that buyers make the trip to Adairsville for his personal auctions because he can guarantee the quality of goods.

"We'll have about 500 lots in the auction because we got about a hundred lots of jewelry, we got a hundred lots of Persian rugs, we got 200 lots furniture and then we got a bunch of artwork, porcelains, glasswork and chandeliers, just all sorts of stuff," McLeod said. "The public can come up there and buy just like the dealers can and actually they can save a lot of money coming to an auction."

The auction begins at 10 a.m., but a preview day will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 204 S. Main St. in Adairsville. For more information, call 770-877-9922.