New Year's Eve

WAHOO – If you are looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve, look no more.

From a day time party for kids to an elegant fundraising event or ballroom dancing, these are just a few opportunities to ring in 2020.

While many New Year’s Eve celebrations are geared for adults, a daytime event at the Wahoo Public Library is planned for local youth.

Youth Services Coordinator Carrie Trutna said this is the first year they are having a “Noon Year’s Eve Party” for elementary age kids and younger.

“We have heard of other libraries creating ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ parties and thought it would be a fun activity for the kiddos during school break,” Trutna said.

The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and is over at 12:15 p.m. Trutna recommends those interested in attending RSVP by Dec. 27.

“We will be making our own party hats, listening to a story, watching a short movie,” Trutna said. “Having a small dance party, eating some fancy snacks, and waiting to toast in the ‘Noon Year.’”

If you’re intrigued with having fun while raising money for an amazing cause is another option.

Starlite Event Center, formerly Starlite Ballroom, is hosting its first New Year’s Eve celebration.

Co-owner Jennifer Woita said the previous Starlite Ballroom owners always had ballroom dancing on New Year’s Eve so they wanted to continue the tradition.  Woita is one of 19 owners of the event center.

“We wanted to keep that going so we are still having the ballroom music in the afternoon starting at 2 p.m.,” Woita said. “We will celebrate the London New Year at 6 p.m., there is a meal from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and then we have a country band The Dirty Boots Band playing from 8 p.m. to midnight.  We will celebrate the Nebraska New Year’s Eve at midnight.”

Woita said funds raised will be donated to St. John’s School in Weston.

“St. John’s New Year’s Eve Committee approached us about having their fundraiser at Starlite,” she said. “We saw it as a great opportunity to partner with them.”

St. John’s Nepomucene School is a parochial school in Weston. There are 71 students from parishes in Valparaiso, Prague, Plasi, Touhy, Weston, Davey, Morse Bluff, Cedar Bluffs and other surrounding communities.

Kristy Fortik, event volunteer and parent of two who attend St. John’s, is excited to continue this event. She said they wanted to expand to a larger venue as they had reached maximum capacity at their former location of the school gymnasium.

Fortik said proceeds will help cover expenses for the continual need to upgrade technology systems in the classrooms, specifically a student support technology option which is a program for students to increase their math and language arts skills as well as a formative assessment program to help teachers accurately pinpoint each student’s needs. 

“We are very thankful for the continued support of the local community as well as the surrounding towns that have made this event so successful,” Fortik said. “This benefits not only our school, but also brings our community and school families together for a fun night of celebration.”

If you want a more conventional New Year’s Eve event, the Farmhouse Event Center located at 995 Road 20 near Wahoo will have a DJ, karaoke and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m. and this event is geared for people 21 years old and older.

Eileen Thies, Farmhouse co-owner since May, said she’s excited about opening their doors for their first New Year’s Eve party.

“This venue is just a few miles away from the everyday hustle and bustle,” she said. “It’s a beautiful country setting. Inside the decor is rustic French cottage.”

Thies said she wanted to offer an option that most folks could afford.

“It’s hard enough for folks to pay for babysitters so we wanted make it affordable for people that just want to have a good time,” she said.

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