Ways to Celebrate the New Year, New Decade in the Ohio Valley
MARTINS FERRY – Those hitting the town this New Year’s Eve won’t just be celebrating a new year, but a new decade as well.
And for people looking to celebrate a little extra there are some places to go to ring in both occasions.
Those who like to celebrate earlier in the day with their children or grandchildren may want to check out the Noon Year’s Eve Bash at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville. Geared toward children, the event is set from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today and is centered around the Macy’s Court and Tilt Studio. It is sponsored by the St. Clairsville Sunrise Rotary Club. There is a cost to participate.
“Bring your children and enjoy a balloon drop at noon, playing time at Tilt Studio, magic shows, balloon art, face painting, arts and crafts, a DJ and other goodies,” according to information about the event on Facebook.
Children younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Families looking to work up a sweat may want to check out the Roller Derby’s New Year’s Eve Skating Party set for 9 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Wednesday. The Roller Derby roller skating rink is located at 510 10th St., Moundsville. There is also a cost.
“Price includes pizza/hot dog, party favors and a kid friendly toast at midnight. Lots of games, prizes, fun and awesome memories,” according to the derby’s Facebook page.
Owner Tonya Landis said she and her husband, Calvin, have held the party 12 of the 13 years they have owned the Roller Derby. She said it mostly is attended by children and families, but there are a few adults who attend, too.
“We skate and we have games and we do a toast at midnight,” Landis said. “We have a balloon drop and the kids pop them to get candy.”
Landis said prior to owning the rink she skated there during her youth as did her mother-in-law.
“We do it every year and have lots of fun. The kids have confetti to throw; they have ball doing that. They get confetti on everything,” she said of the party.
Another potentially action-packed way to celebrate is at Ohio Valley Airsoft at 2200 Union St. in Bellaire. The business is set to host a New Year’s Eve Lock-in from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. There is a cost.
One longtime New Year’s Eve attraction is Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack’s annual party. This year’s theme is “Back Through the Decades,” which is inspired by the “Back to the Future” franchise of films.
The party is set from 1 p.m. today to 1 a.m. today at the casino, located at 1 S. Stone St., Wheeling Island.
According to the venue’s social media posting, participants can celebrate 2020 “by time traveling and winning.”
“The Meeting Rooms will be decked out like a 1920s speakeasy for the Dueling Pianos Show. A Dance Party in the ’70s-styled Showroom featuring the high energy dance band, New York Minute. The ’50s and ’60s party on the Racing Terrace features a mouth-watering Prime Rib Buffet,” the casino notes, adding partygoers can enjoy one or all of these events.
There is a cost for either an “all access” pass or individual tickets available at the Wheeling Island gift shop or on Ticketmaster.
In St. Clairsville, the Ickes Family Life Center, which is affiliated with the East Richland Evangelical Christian Church, is set to host a family-friendly New Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. today. There is requested donation per family.
Entertainment will include music by Abigail and Caleb Berk, Jayci Gorza and Jason Bruce. People can also play volleyball, bean bag toss, board games, euchre, 9 square and more. Pizza and other eats will be provided. People are asked to bring a dish or snack to share as well. To register, call or text 740-338-0340 or sign up in the grand concourse at the church, 67880 Friends Church Road.
The church’s assistant pastor, Dave Ratliff, said this will be the Ickes Center’s second large event with Christmas Eve services being held there last week.
For those looking for an overnight trip to celebrate that’s not too far from home, check out Oglebay in Wheeling. It is hosting two different parties: one for families and another for those 21 years old and older. Both offer overnight accommodations coupled with a New Year’s Eve party package.