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A Night for All

From cocktails and carousing to kids’ crafts and play, this New Year’s Eve offers options aplenty


DECEMBER 23, 2009

A Night for All
From cocktails and carousing to kids’ crafts and play, this New Year’s Eve offers options aplenty

WRITTEN BY JENNIFER SALANE
 


Ready to celebrate the close of 2009, but not sure where to go to ring in the New Year, your style? No worries—there’s a host of Lowcountry fêtes for every type of reveler—from a speakeasy soirée to a family-friendly festival.

Take the Party Plunge
Dive into the New Year at the South Carolina Aquarium for some black-tie, under-the-sea revelry at the ninth annual Snyder Grand Ball. There, Quiana Parler and Friends will perform a soul-stirring mix of jazz, pop, R&B, and rock in the Grand Hall while DJ Natty Heavy from Z93 Jamz spins records in the Shark Tank area. Tickets include an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and a champagne toast. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding.
South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $125.
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Party Like It’s 1929
The time has come to break the rules, let loose, and enjoy rebellion at its finest—or at least the crew of McCrady’s thinks so. The celebrated restaurant staff has created an Underground New Year’s Eve “Prohibition-esque” bash. Don a sassy flapper dress and sneak upstairs to the speakeasy, complete with a free-flowing bar, decadent snacks by renowned chef Sean Brock, vintage music, and a midnight champagne toast. McCrady’s, 2 Unity Alley. 5:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $100.
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Get Into the Groove
Join local jam band The Plainfield Project at Fleet Landing’s annual New Year’s Eve party for a night full of rock, reggae, and funk that’s guaranteed to get you moving. With a harborside view of the starlit sky, a dance floor surrounded by windows, and lots of champagne, this celebration promises plenty of sparkle. Tickets include open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a midnight toast.
Fleet Landing, 186 Concord St. 10 p.m.-until. $75.
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For Young & Auld
Looking for a booze-free celebration that’s kid- and budget-friendly? Search no further than Happy New Year’s Charleston, a free city- and county-sponsored festival. Marion Square will be jam-packed with activities, from children’s arts and crafts, face-painting, and balloon art to comedy acts, African dancing, and a variety of musical performances. In addition, Chamber Music Charleston will be presenting classical concerts at Second Presbyterian Church from 5 to 9 p.m. Alcohol will not be served, but food vendors will be on site with tasty treats throughout the night. The evening will end with fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Marion Square, 145 Calhoun St. & Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Free.
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Date: 
Wed, 12/23/2009