Despite the late arrival of snow and cold, there’s plenty of activities going on throughout the north country in celebration of the New Year. Whether you’re keeping it low-key on Monday evening and kicking off your resolutions first thing Tuesday, or looking for a night on the town with friends or family, we’ve got a few suggestions for you. Even though it’s not time for 5 Things Friday yet, we’ve compiled a quick list of some interesting ways to kick-off the New Year. Think of it as 5 Things Monday: New Year’s Edition.
1.) A gala celebration. St. Anthony’s Church on Arsenal Street in Watertown is turning 100. To celebrate, the church is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church. Fred & the Eds will perform and food by chef Geoff Puccia, of Pete’s Trattoria, will be served. The gala is the kick-off to a year-long celebration that has been 100 years in the making. Cost is $25 per person. For information or reservations, contact Paul Alteri at 786-8316.
2.) Pancakes and cardio. The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park is hosting the Res-ZOO-lution Run on Tuesday morning beginning at 9 a.m. This timed 5K run and walk starts near the zoo’s parking lot. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., a pancake breakfast will begin in the zoo’s education building. Donations will be accepted to support the zoo. If your resolution is to get in shape, here’s a great way to kick-start it.
3.) Just another day in the park. Part of the national “First Day Hikes” initiative on Tuesday, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is opening three locations in Jefferson County for scenic hikes. At 10 a.m., the Robert G. Wehle State Park walking trails will open in Henderson followed by the bicentennial trail in Sackets Harbor at 11 a.m. and trails at Wellesley Island State Park and its Minna Anthony Common Nature Center will open at 2 p.m. Snowshoes and hot cocoa will be available at the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center for that hike. For more information about the program, visit www.americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes
4.) Rocking the rink. Massena’s St. Lawrence Centre ice arena is throwing a “Rock-n-Skate New Year’s Eve Bash” and everyone is invited. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday strap on some skates and party to a DJ, with free pizza and beverages and a colorful light show. Admission is $10 per person and skate rentals are $2.50. There will be games and contests and the event is suitable for the entire family. For information, call the arena at 764-0684 or email skate@Slcarena.com.
5.) A chic soirée. Canton’s Black Bird Café, located right on Main Street, is a hip location for a low-key but sophisticated night on the town for New Year’s Eve. Beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, the Black Bird Cafe’s upstairs venue, The Parkview, which was newly renovated and opened this summer, will be hosting live jazz music from A Fine Line, hors d’ouevres and drink specials. Tickets are $25 at the door. Round up a group of friends and pick out an amazing outfit and hangout downtown for the evening.