Though many will gather in downtown Mount Airy to ring in the new year, there are all sorts of ways to usher in 2017.
For the past two years a sheriff’s badge, a fitting symbol for the real-life Mayberry, has been raised atop the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Hundreds usually gather in the museum courtyard and on the streets to count down to the new year.
A band will perform in the courtyard at 11:30 p.m.
The annual badge-raising is only a part of the museum-sponsored fun, however. Old North State Winery will host a fundraiser for the museum. The New Year’s Eve party will kick off at 9 p.m. A ticket to the event is $25, and buys entry into the winery and the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment by Time Sawyer.
The party will wrap up one hour into the new year. It is part of a series of fundraisers the museum holds at the winery, which also includes a Halloween party and a St. Patrick’s Day party.
Just down the road from the museum’s big party, the Fluid Factory, which sells coffee, milkshakes and other beverages, will also host a New Year’s Eve party. That event kicks off at 7 p.m. and will also end at 1 a.m. on Jan. 1. DJ John will provide entertainment, and those who attend will have the opportunity to take the stage and sing karaoke.
Another event in Mount Airy had been planned at the White Elephant Beer Company. However, the Market Street establishment, which features a selection of craft beers, announced via Facebook it was cancelling the event. Those who purchased tickets are entitled to refunds and may collect those refunds at the White Elephant.
There will be plenty to do for the holiday in Dobson as well. Events are planned at Shelton Vineyards and Putter’s Patio and Grill.
At the vineyard itself, dinner will be served at the Harvest Grill from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. dancing, with music provided by DJ B-Dazzle, will kick off at the Hampton Inn at Shelton Vineyards. The party will surge into the new year.
Tickets to the party are $60 per couple. Dinner and the party costs $150 per couple, and the addition of a night’s stay at the hotel brings the total cost for the night to $325 per couple. A breakfast bar on Sunday is also included in the packages. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 353-9400.
Nearby, at Putter’s, another New Year’s Eve celebration will take place. For $75 a couple gains entry to the bar at Putter’s, the main dining room and the heated patio. Unlimited hors d’oeuvres and a toast at midnight are included in the entry fee. All other drinks may be purchased at the bar. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Putter’s at 353-1075.
Pilot Mountain residents needn’t make the drive to Dobson or Mount Airy to find a place to ring in the new year. The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar will host a celebration, including live entertainment, beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.