Businesses gear up for New Year's Eve
by: photo courtesy of TIMBERLINE LODGE Timberline fired off fireworks during the 2011 New Year’s celebration.

Christmas may be repacked and recycled, but prolonging the holiday spirit on New Year's Eve includes everything from lavish parties to rowdy family entertainment.

And area businesses are hoping there's still enough cheer among folks to participate in the events scheduled to ring in 2012.

There's a lot to celebrate at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood: the arrival of 9-week-old St. Bernard puppy, Bruno, and a snowy forecast for the holiday weekend. The historic landmark is an annual destination for many, who seek a memorable and ethereal way to end the year.

'New Year's is one of the special nights at Timberline,' said John Tullis, public relations director for the lodge. 'We will have live entertainment, a special menu in the restaurant and fireworks at midnight. And we will be skiing in the New Year. Our night skiing hours are extended to 12:30 a.m., and it doesn't cost any more than the price of a regular lift ticket.'

While there is no room at the inn for the holiday, reservations for dinner are still available by calling Ryane Griffis at 503-272-3267.

Closer to home, McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale has a few lodge packages still available for those who intend to party like it's 1999. In addition to overnight accommodations, guests will be wined, dined and entertained in the 100-year-old historic building.

'It's a great night, with a cozy atmosphere,' said Chris Hibler, who works at Edgefield's front desk. 'We always put on a great show here.'

The New Year's Eve lineup features local blues legend Sonny Hess and her band in the Winery. The energetic Quick and Easy Boys take over the stage in the Power Station, with Billy D. and HooDoos performing for hotel guests only in Blackberry Hall.

Lodge packages start at $295 per couple and restaurant seating is still available. For reservations, call 503-669-8610.

A more casual way to greet 2012 is planned at Mt. Hood Lanes in Gresham. Bowlers of all ages are welcome to join alley cats for Monte Carlo and Cosmic bowling beginning at 6:30 p.m.

'We'll have party favors, with champagne and sparkling cider at midnight,' said Josh Reasoner, events coordinator for Mt. Hood Lanes. 'There will be rolling jackpots, and we'll celebrate New Year's as it rolls across the country.'

The Cosmic event, which features bowling under black lights, runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $15 per person. Monte Carlo, where bowling with colored pins can yield cash and prizes, is from 10 p.m. to midnight and costs $30 per person. Food and beverages are included, but reservations and a 50-percent nonrefundable deposit are required.

For more information or to make reservations, call Mt. Hood Lanes at 503-492-9820.

And finally, the puck drops at 8 p.m. for another family-friendly New Year's party when the Portland Winterhawks take on the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Rose Garden in Portland. The annual I-5 rivalry between the two teams is followed by an after-party, with carnival games, a countdown to midnight and a balloon drop with hidden cash and prizes. Fans can also bring their ice skates and join the players on ice after the game.

For ticket information, call 503-236-HAWK (4295).

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