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Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:43 PM

With just days before 2014, many area businesses plan to celebrate the last day of the year with a bang.

“I’m really looking forward to New Year’s Eve,” said Tara Jones, of Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron. “We have a good turnout every year and it should be a lot of fun”

Jones and the folks at Sawmill Creek Resort will have a New Year’s Eve party and charity casino. The party is $25 for adults 21 and older and will feature raffles, gambling for charity, a cash bar and performances by Crusin’ and MC Artie.

“For $219 you can get a one-night stay, two tickets to the party and we have a breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon the next day,” Jones said. “Doors open at 8:30 p.m., the party starts at 9”

The Quarry Hill Winery in Berlin Heights also is having special musical guests.

“The Christian Kaser Band will be performing 8 p.m. to midnight and they are really good and have performed in Nashville,” manager Rita Holler said. “I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year and hopefully people come and see us”

Zinc Brasserie, at 142 Columbus Ave. in downtown Sandusky, is already expecting a full house.

“We only have eight tables so we sell out every year,” Andrea Avallone, the owner, said. “But our bar will be open late and also at Crush WineBar we will have live entertainment by The Serfs”

Dinner is served beginning at 5 p.m. at J. Bistro on Market Street downtown Sandusky and entertainment from Bob Szmik and Evelyn Wright and a special dinner menu to bring in the new year.

Main Street Vermilion will hold its 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Party and Reverse Raffle 7:30 pm Dec. 31 at German’s Villa, 3330 Liberty Ave., Vermilion, OH. The evening will feature dinner for two, dancing, an open bar, and a chance to win $2,014 in the reverse raffle. Only 100 tickets will be sold and can be purchased online for $145 per couple at mainstreetvermilion.blogspot.com  .

As for the kids, many places in Sandusky still cater to families. Star Lanes, 2097 Cleveland Road Sandusky, will have its New Year’s Eve Bash 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.

“You can rent a lane for $25 per hour for up to six people,” Cathy Lizzi, the owner, said. “This includes rental shoes and we will have food and drink specials”

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center on Milan Road in Sandusky will have its family-focused event for all ages from 8 p.m. –12:30 a.m.

There are two packages available a standard and a VIP package that guests can purchase.

The $20 VIP Package includes: admission, skate, scooter or roller blade rental, party favors 12 arcade tokens, a slice of pizza, small drink and choice of mini golf, motion theater ride or haunted house walkthrough.

The $10 package includes: admission skate rental and party favors.

Veronica Vandenbout, the executive director at the Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St., said the museum will hold it’s ninth New Years Eve. celebration.

“The gala includes carousel rides, live music and raffles,” Vandenbout said.

Some prizes include gym memberships, restaurant gift cards, and Cleveland Indian tickets.

Tickets for the gala are $15 and the event will be held 6-8 p.m.

For those wanting to celebrate the New Year from their homes, Kevin Wieging, president of UltraSound Special Events Inc. based out of Lima, Ohio, offered the Register some tips.

“Rather than purchasing party favors at retail stores you can check websites like Pinterest and Facebook for inspiration using found objects around the house to save money,” he said. “You can also search recipes and hors d’oeuvres for cooking for a group”

As far as entertainment, Wieging said party hosters can’t go wrong with charades, trivia games and even classic board games. He also recommended using music streaming sites like iHeartRadio and Pandora to listen to already made playlists to “keep things moving along”

“I think definitely for New Year’s Eve overall you should have good appetizers and good drinks. Try something different with the foods, look for something online that has good reviews and comments behind it.” Wieging said. “I also am finding more and more people are partying as a family and if they are choosing to stay home and have a house party. Get the kids involved some but then also provide a space for adults to play cards and socialize later”

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