Allison Daniels decorates a table display with faux-crystal ornaments Friday in preparation for Saturday night’s Junior League of Albany’s “A Night that Glitters” New Year’s Eve celebration at Merry Acres Event Center on Dawson Road.
ALBANY — A fireworks show and an elegant party harkening to years past are among the events taking place in town tonight as Albanians say farewell to 2011.
“A Night That Glitters” will get started at 7:30 p.m. today at the Merry Acres Event Center, 1500 Dawson Road. Members of the Junior League of Albany are launching what they hope will become an annual event that will benefit some local charitable groups.
Admission to the party is $50 per person and dress is formal — short, fancy cocktail dresses or ball gowns for women; tuxedoes or dark suits for men. Entertainment will be provided by the New South Players.
A pair of $4,000 diamond earrings will be raffled. Tickets to win the prize, which is a one-carat pair of earrings from Allen’s Jewelers, are $50 each. There will be champagne glasses and each one will have the Junior League logo and a pair of earrings inside.
Whoever participates in the raffle gets to keep the glass and the earrings, and one glass will have the one-carat pair. All the rest will be cubic zirconium. Attendees will turn in their ticket at the “Diamond Bar” and get a glass with earrings in it, and then go over to a jeweler who will inspect the earrings and write down the person’s name.
Toward the end of the night, organizers will announce the winner. Only the jeweler is going to know who has the real pair. Proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Miracle Network, Albany Autism Center and Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center.
There had been a Roaring ’20s party planned to take place at Cafe 230, 230 W. Broad Ave., which has now been canceled because of unforeseen circumstances involving one the event’s coordinators.
But downtown festivities will include a party at Booter’s/The Bar Code, located at 104 N. Washington St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and there is a $20 cover charge that includes party favors and a 2 a.m. Sunday breakfast at Cafe 230.
At Booter’s, as well as Chill Bar and Lounge at 242 W. Broad Ave., there will be what officials are calling “Battle of the DJs.” There will also be designated drivers on hand to take people home.
Further north at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2785, at 315 Philema Road, the veterans’ organization will be conducting a New Year’s Eve dance party from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by Southern Charm.
Admission is $8 per person and $15 per couple, and the event is open to everyone, not just military veterans.
When the new year rolls in, any central Albany venue should be a good spot to see 2012 come in with a bang. That’s because the city, at midnight, will launch an overhead fireworks show from the Veterans Amphitheater.
The show will last 20-25 minutes, and should be visible from anywhere in the downtown area.