Ring in the New Year

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

The Blue Jeans & Sequins New Year’s Eve party has it all: music, food, dancing, breakfast and a place to crash.
The party, which benefits the Tupelo Ballet, is in its second year.
“It’s a fun event,” said Kim Owen, president of Tupelo Ballet.
Blue jeans and sequins are encouraged.
“You can wear your best blue jeans and a sweater, and some sequins,” Owen said. “You don’t necessarily have to dress up.”
Blue Jeans & Sequins begins with a dinner at 8 p.m., followed by music by the Paul Rainey Band and dancing.
“Last year, we had a lot of people who left the party and went to have breakfast,” Owen said. “So we thought we’d just have breakfast there.”
The New Year’s staple black-eyed peas is on the menu, too.
There will be a silent auction of items such as boutique and restaurant gift certificates.
For those who have a bit too much to drink, the Hilton Garden Inn is offering a discounted room rate for the evening.
Blue Jeans & Sequins is the Tupelo Ballet’s main fundraiser, and the proceeds will go toward putting on the ballet’s productions. The next Tupelo Ballet show is “Don Quixote” at 2 p.m. on March 31 at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium.
Jennifer Riley, chairman of Blue Jeans & Sequins, and Kristi Lake, president of the Ballet League, said many people may not realize the amount of money it takes to put on a Tupelo Ballet production, from costumes to set designs to lighting.
The Tupelo Ballet, in its 30th year, just presented its 29th production of “The Nutcracker.”

A few other area New Year’s Eve events:

Alcorn County Get-Together will host a big New Year’s Eve Dance and Party from 8 p.m. today until 1 a.m. Sunday at the Elks Lodge in Corinth, featuring live music by RT Rineheart. Cover charge is $10; 12 and younger free. (662) 603-1172 or 603-2001.

A New Year’s Eve Dance and Breakfast will be from 8 p.m. until midnight today at the Disabled American Veterans, 1494 S. Veterans Blvd., in Tupelo. Admission is $15 single; $25 couples. No smoking; no alcohol. For tickets, call (662) 322-4020 or 842-0000.

A New Year’s Eve concert will begin at 6 p.m. today at the Living Water Community Church, 139 CR 1554 in Mooreville. Featuring Heavens Mountain Band, Jessie Betts and Family Circle and The B-Band. Love offering taken. (662) 372-0332.

Dance to music by Southbound Band from 8 p.m. until midnight today at American Legion Building, Post 49 in Tupelo. $6. (662) 842-9231.

Dance to the music of a live band from 7 p.m. until midnight today at the Hwy. 341 County Music Hall. From Pontotoc, take Hwy. 9 South to Hwy. 342 South, then 5 miles on right. Donations accepted. Family-oriented. No smoking or alcohol. Inside smoking room available. Refreshments. (662) 488-6347.

Dancing and country music by Family Tradition & Friends from 5 until 10 p.m. today in the old Lakeside Grocery, 112 CR 331 in the Alpine community. Admission is $5. Smoke- and alcohol-free. (662) 871-5111.
Country music and dance are on tap from 8 p.m. until midnight today at the VFW hall on Mitchell Road in Tupelo. Featuring Clyde Crowe. $5 cover. (662) 842-8732.

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