For families and folks seeking an alternative to New Year’s Eve’s more boozy occasions, two local businesses have events planned that promise a festive ringing in of the new year.
Mount Airy Lanes at 930 West Lebanon Street will host Laser Bowling from 10 p.m. to midnight, for $10 per person including shoe rental or $3 per game plus a $3 shoe rental.
“I’ve got several laser lights, a smoke machine, a jukebox and a black light that makes the lanes glow purple,” said Darrin Casstevens, who owns the bowling alley with his mother, Tammy Casstevens. “It’s a family atmosphere, there’s no alcohol, no smoking.”
A regular Saturday night feature, the pair has hosted laser bowling on New Year’s Eve since purchasing the business about 3 years ago.
“We’ve always done something,” Darrin Casstevens said, adding that the New York City ball drop will be played on television.
For the first time, a “no-tap” tournament will also be held earlier in the evening.
“Bowlers will know what it is,” the owner quipped, explaining that if a bowler knocks over nine out of ten pins, just missing a strike, “you got tapped.”
In a “no-tap” tournament, knocking over nine pins counts as a strike.
“It’s just a fun little tournament,” Casstevens said.
Sign-ups start at 7 p.m. Thursday and the tournament begins at 8 p.m.
It’s also a good time to start forming a league.
A new 16-week season begins at Mount Airy Lanes on Jan. 6. Four-person teams compete on Tuesdays for $9 per night.
“You don’t have to be a fancy, special bowler to bowl in this league,” Casstevens said. “It’s just for fun.”
Anyone interested in forming a team or joining the league or more information about the New Year’s Eve events can visit the Mount Airy Lanes Facebook page or call 336-786-5119.
Starlite skate party
Starlite Skate Center on 804 Fowler Road will host a New Year’s Eve party from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $12 per person plus skate rental.
“We do it every year,” said Bo Phillips, who owns the skate center.
The annual event features a balloon drop at midnight, where skaters grab as many balloons as they can to win prizes, which are either written on the balloon or in the case of cash and free passes, stuffed inside.
Phillips said he wasn’t sure exactly how many balloons will be dropped.
“It’s an awful lot when we’re blowing them up,” he said.
Party favors such as noisemakers and hats will be given away and free snacks will be provided at midnight.
“We follow whatever is on TV,” Phillips said, adding that the event usually draws a pretty good crowd.
“At least we don’t have to worry about the weather they’re having in the Dakotas,” he said.
The skate center is also running a weekday special while the kids are out of school. From Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, admission to the rink is $6 plus skate rental from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.