Cathy Walton-Smith: Tips for surviving your New Year’s Eve party |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Tips for surviving your New Year’s Eve party

We are now in the last days of 2007 ” “May auld acquaintance be forgot” ” I’m not sure why we would do that, but maybe there have been a few events this year I want to forget. I’m thinking the true meaning of our favorite New Year’s Eve tune is to look forward to the future and keep the past in the past.

Surviving the New Year’s Eve party is something that many folks haven’t gotten the knack of. Here are a few tips to help you get up the next day.

1. Do not have a drink or two at home before the party ” don’t make me explain this.

2. Do have a light snack at home before the party ” putting a layer of food in before the alcohol is a good thing.

3. Attend the Grand Lake Melodrama ” what a great way to celebrate the new year

with this final performance.

4. Pace yourself ” avoid slamming down those drinks. You can top off your drink or glass of wine with a little extra water without noticing the difference.

5. Remember to eat at the party.

6. Don’t do shots ” do I need to explain that one?

7. Car pool . . . have a designated driver ” or plan to stay over ” Grand County’s

finest will be out, and probably have sobriety checkpoints.

8. Be sure you are somewhere to see the Grand Lake “Diamonds in the Sky” fireworks display at midnight.

9. If you somehow drink a little too much, when you get home take a tablespoon of honey like medicine. It will give your blood sugar a boost and help ward off a hangover the next day.

10. Please remember all these tips.

There are just five more performances of “Trapped in a Villain’s Web … or Weave Me A Loan,” this year’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Melodrama, nightly through New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 kids under 12, group tickets, $12 per person for parties of 8 or more, available at Never Summer Sports – Grand Lake, Mini Mart – Granby and Elk Horn Gallery – Winter Park. Don’t miss it. This is hilarious, good, clean, fun for everyone. Active audience participation is encouraged. Opening night confirmed what a huge hit this production is. Rave reviews from the audience include: “Great fun” ” “a good show for cheering and booing” ” “the performers are better than ever” ” “it was hilarious.” Get your tickets now before they are sold out.

This just in ” from the organizers of the upcoming Grand Lake Snowshoe Festival. It is now official. There will be a Snowshoe Festival in a mini version on Jan. 19. There will be a snowshoe race, the Kauffman House Museum will be open, there will be a full moon ski that evening, Brad Pregeant and Friends will perform at the first Concert in the Pines of the new year. However, there will be no seminars, workshops, meals, auctions or music through the day. No celebrities are invited ” except all of us famous locals who just love to get out and do this stuff.

We all look forward to the Diamonds in the Sky fireworks display over Grand Lake on New Year’s Eve. You can count on it being crisp and cold.

This year, you’ll need an extra warm muffler and ear muffs because the usual 15 to 20 minute show will be twice as long, thanks to a generous benefactor. What a treat. You might also throw in a thermos of something hot to drink.

2007 ” It was a very good year.

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