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Fort Wayne Rings in 2018

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Written by: Communicator StaffDecember 14, 2017

By: Nicole Winans

New Year’s Eve with Walkin’ Papers

The American Legion Post 47 located off Reed Road is bringing in the New Year with a dinner and rock ‘n’ roll performance by the Fort Wayne Walkin’ Papers. Doors open at 4 p.m. Dec. 31 with an all-you-can-eat buffet from 5 to 8 p.m. and the band performing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase at American Legion Post 47, and cost $25 per person and $45 per couple. Snacks, party favors and a midnight champagne toast will also be provided. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 260-209-3960. For more information, visit the New Year’s Eve with Walking Papers Facebook page.

 

Duesy’s Sports Bar and Grille New Year’s Eve Party 

Located off Washington Center Road, Duesy’s Sprots Bar and Grille is opening its doors 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31 for a New Year’s Eve party. Tickets cost $25 per person and can only be purchased at Duesy’s in advance. The party is open to guests ages 21 and older with valid identification. An hors d’oeuvres buffet, featuring carved roast beef, smoked wings, sausage stuffed mushrooms, barbeque meatballs, chips and salsa, and a cheese and crudité display will open at 8:30 p.m. Drink specials will be available, and a champagne toast will be served at midnight. The rock ‘n’ roll band Big Dick and the Penetrators will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. BDP is a five-piece local Fort Wayne band that has been playing for 10 years and has headlined many festivals and rallies throughout Indiana. Reservations for the party can be made by calling 260-483-5681 ext. 7304. Overnight guest rooms are also available for rent. For more information, visit the Duesy’s Sports Bar and Grille Facebook page.

 

Ramada Plaza New Year’s Eve Gala

Ramada Ramada Plaza is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 in its Marquis Ballroom. Guests must be 21 years of age and older, and the package price for two is $259.17. The cost includes live entertainment, a dinner buffet, party favors, complimentary draft beer and house wine, overnight accommodations and a breakfast buffet the following morning in the Red River Steakhouse. The band Brother will perform 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and a complimentary champagne toast will be held at midnight. The dinner buffet includes tossed salad, carved roast beef, shrimp stuffed tilapia, chicken bruschetta, wild rice, roasted red bliss potatoes, honey glazed carrots, green beans with mushrooms, tomatoes and onions, and dinner rolls. To make a reservation, call 260-484-0411.

Three Stop New Year’s Eve Celebration

Mitchell’s Sports and Neighborhood Grille, Flashback on the Landing and Early Bird’s Ultra Lounge are partnering to offer an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration. One $15 admission price grants guests access to all three locations. 80’s glam tribute band Cougar Hunter will perform for the last time at Mitchell’s. Fort Wayne’s only retro dance club, Flashback, is a Whammy award winner for best dance club. Early Bird’s has BPM Electric House music, three full-service bars and VIP lounges. All three locations will provide complimentary champagne, live entertainment and party favors. For more information, visit Mitchell’s Sports and Neighborhood Grille’s Facebook page or earlybirdsclub.com.

 

2 Jakes Media New Year’s Eve Ball 

2 Jakes Media is hosting a New Year’s Eve Ball 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Fort Wayne History Center. Advance tickets cost $25 per person and $40 per couple, and they are available to purchase at Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available to purchase the day of but will cost $30 per person and $60 per couple. Free parking will be available in the History Center parking lot and at Citizen Square. The event is for individuals ages 21 and older. The venue will be specially decorated for the NYE party, and staff will be dressed for the occasion. A live DJ, photographer and entertainment will be present throughout the evening. Drinks will be available with $4 16 oz. beers, $5 call drinks, $5 shots and bombs, and top-shelf drinks will also be available. For more information, visit the 2 Jakes Media New Year’s Eve Ball Facebook page.

 

New Year’s Eve Party 

Aboite Lutheran Church is hosting a New Year’s Eve party 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Tickets for the event cost $8 per person and $15 per couple, and they can be purchased at aboitechurch.org or by calling 260-436-5673. There will be live entertainment by The Dueling Keyboard Boys and Charles Rhen. Hors d’oeuvres, party favors, door prizes and a midnight champagne toast (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available) will be provided.

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The Ball Drop will also be broadcasted live via Wayne-TV and New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Facebook and Instagram pages.

“Fort Wayne is a very family-oriented city with a diverse group of people,” Araujo said. “From families to single people, young and old–this event will be a good time for anybody.”

Complete details on the Ball Drop can be found at www.fwballdrop.com.

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The Ball Drop will also be broadcasted live via Wayne-TV and New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Facebook and Instagram pages.

“Fort Wayne is a very family-oriented city with a diverse group of people,” Araujo said. “From families to single people, young and old–this event will be a good time for anybody.”

Complete details on the Ball Drop can be found at www.fwballdrop.com.

 

While the first New Year’s Eve ball drop occurred in 1907 in Times Square, the ball drop did not come to Fort Wayne until last year.

“A lot of other towns have this (a ball drop), so we thought, ‘Why not Fort Wayne?’” Fort Wayne Ball Drop committee member, Shane Araujo said.

Last year, a digital projection of the ball was displayed downtown Fort Wayne. Shortly after the inaugural ball drop, spectators decided Fort Wayne needed a real New Year’s Eve ball, according to Ball Drop press release.

A group of local engineers designed and constructed a large, 8-foot ball with over 12,000 watts of LED lights for this year’s display.

“Our group was inspired by the outcome of last year’s NYE event! We have been eagerly looking for a way to give back and be a part of the new life being brought to Fort Wayne’s downtown, and helping add to this event seemed like a great opportunity. Within an hour of the New Year, there was a group four engineers excited to get started,” says Phil Sheets, a lead engineer working to create this year’s ball.

Last year the event attracted around 5,000 attendees and completely filled the Barrett McNagny parking lot on Berry St.

With the enhancements and heavier promotion, the Ball Drop committee is expecting a larger turn-out of up to 10,000 this year, Araujo said.

To accommodate this attendance, the location of this year’s drop has been moved. The event will be held  Parkview Field’s Silver Parking Lot on the corner of Ewing St. and W Brackenridge St., which can accommodate a larger crowd of approximately 20,000 guests.

The ball will be lowered 80 feet over the corner of Baker and Ewing St.

The event is open to all ages and free of charge made possible by local sponsors, including Steel Dynamics, Glenbrook Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT, The Community Foundation, Allen County, The City of Fort Wayne, Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, Shindigz and The Downtown Improvement District.

The Fort Wayne Ball Drop committee’s goal is to continue this event free of charge for years to come, Araujo said.

“We want all families to feel comfortable coming and not have to shed a lot of money,” Araujo said.

Doors open 7 p.m. Dec. 31, and festivities kick off at 7:15 p.m., featuring live music, fireworks, food and beverages.

Fort Wayne Ball Drop has partnered with Parkview Field and Tincaps to provide food and drinks at a reasonable cost.

“We will be ready for the crowd this year and have stronger beverage services,” Araujo said.

 

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The opening ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. with the lighting of the tower.

Entertainers will perform every hour with the Alicia Pyle Quartet at 8:15 and 10:15 p.m. and the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra at 9:15 and 11:15 p.m.

Additionally, several crowd-engaging activities including a lip sync contest at 9 p.m. and a dance off with the Tincaps Bad apple Dancers at 11 p.m. will take place. A food eating contest featuring Yummy Bunny ice cream and Coney Island coney dogs will be held at 10 p.m.

Throughout the night, one of the event sponsors, Wayne TV will share the top ten good vibe news stories of the year.

“With so much crap on the news, it is great to countdown the ten best good vibe news stories of the year,” Araujo said.

The event will be wrapped up at midnight with the ball drop and fireworks to ring in of the new year.

The event will take place outdoors, and appropriate dress is encouraged.

For those who want to stay indoors, a viewing party will be held in Parkview Field’s lounge that has balconies overlooking where the official Ball Drop will take place.

This venue is open to guests ages 21 and older and will provide a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and light snacks. Individual tickets are $30 and private luxury suites can be rented for $600 at eventbrite.com/e/fort-wayne-new-years-eve-ball-drop-official-indoor-vip-gala-21-tickets-40194304246?aff=efbeventtix.

The Ball Drop will also be broadcasted live via Wayne-TV and New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Facebook and Instagram pages.

“Fort Wayne is a very family-oriented city with a diverse group of people,” Araujo said. “From families to single people, young and old — this event will be a good time for anybody.”

Complete details on the Ball Drop can be found at www.fwballdrop.com.