“Auld Lang Syne” (Times Gone By) was written by Robert Burns in 1788. In 1929, Guy Lombardo and his orchestra broadcast their rendition on the radio and TV stations across America. Ninety years later few of us know the words, but all of us look forward to hearing it’s unmistakable melody as the clock strikes Midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Thousands of Bay County residents will be gathered this New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2019. Here are five of the area’s best places to join in the celebration.
Masquerade Ball at The Historic Masonic Temple
It’s a night of fantastic masked costumes, live music, and champagne in one of the most historic and beautiful buildings in Bay City. Celebrate in style and dance to the music of The Camafluers, Audrey Burns, and Play to the Gallery. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15, or at the door for $20. (Patrons will also receive a souvenir champagne glass with their ticket purchase!)
Hannah G., a Bay City native attended the ball last year. “As one of the historic features of Bay City, it was an awesome event to share with fellow citizens of Bay City as well as share our culture and history with new faces!”
To learn more about the Masquerade Ball, click here
Mama Mokey’s New Years Eve Bash at Bemo's Bar
Located in Bay City’s South End, Bemo’s is a top destination for great music in a low-key environment. “We get good people coming in here, really nice people. And we have good bartenders and good service,” said Robert Ervin, the owner of Bemo’s Bar.
At 9 pm on New Year’s Eve, Mama Mokey will take the stage. Best described as “FUN!”, Mama Mokey is a variety and classic rock band that regularly performs around the Great Lakes Bay. Lisa D saw Mama Mokey recently and commented, “Excellent band and awesome people too. You will have the best time with this band. They ROCK like you wouldn’t expect!!!
Bemo’s is cash only but does have an ATM available. Learn more about Mama Mokey and the event by clicking here
New Year’s Eve Bash at Tavern 101 Restaurant
“Tavern 101 has a chic and trendy atmosphere with friendly service. There is no better place to see the Wenonah Park Christmas tree, which is right outside the window,” said Scott E., a Bay City local. “Definitely try the Holiday Mule made with cranberries, mint, ginger beer and vodka.”
Starting at 8 pm, “Detroit“ Dan Einheuser will perform, playing everything from Eric Clapton to Bob Marley, and from country music to Motown.
“We have 54 beers on tap, along with full liquor and wine service. We are anticipating a fantastic turn-out, and reservations are still available,” said Jessica Smith, the general manager of Tavern 101.
To learn more about the event, click here
The Public House NYE Sushi Dinner
Located on Adams Street in Downtown Bay City, The Public House serves beautiful and thoughtfully-crafted cocktails. Their goal is to bridge generations and create a unique experience of community.
The Public House is offering an unforgettable dining experience on New Year’s Eve featuring a five-course dinner created by Maru Sushi. Maru explains, “Each dish is a harmonious reflection of honoring a traditional cuisine and rediscovering it through a modern lens.”
Enjoy cocktails that will be paired with each course and a midnight champagne toast. The cost is $135 per person including tax and gratuity. You must be 21 to purchase tickets.
To learn more about the event at The Public House and buy tickets, click this link.
Midnight on Main at Dow Diamond
For one night only, Dow Diamond in Midland is transformed into one of the most unique places to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. Midnight on Main features a nightclub, a live music venue, and sports bar featuring a Times Square-style ball drop and fireworks at midnight (visible from the heated concourse!)
“The Rock Show”, a Journey tribute band, will play classic rock along the 3rd base side of the diamond. The 1st base side will host a nightclub featuring a dance floor and DJ. A “sports bar” will separate the two and will have lots of seating as well as games like corn hole. Additionally, a selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks and stadium food will be available for purchase at several locations. A shuttle service will offer patrons rides to/from their vehicles, and several hotels in the area will offer shuttle services to/from the event.
“It is so fun to watch people come out and have fun. It makes it all worth it, ” said Jim Paetschow, owner of Sound Productions, the company bringing Midnight on Main to life. "We put our hearts and souls into this event.”
Tickets are $25 per person. Learn more about Midnight on Main by following this link.