This Weekend: A New Year

by Lauren Russo on December 29, 2010

Friday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve

There are a plethora of nightlife options for New Year’s Eve in Somerville.  For example, Foundry on Elm is charging $45 for a four course dinner (reservations required), and $15 for entrance, party favors, and champagne for a toast at midnight.  Similarly, Cantina La Mexicana is having a fiesta; $25 will get you a buffet dinner from 8 – 11 p.m., and there will be live music from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.  If you’d rather skip dinner and just get your party on, you could head over to Johnny D’s for Booty Vortex ($25). The band is a blend of funk, soul, and disco, and the party promises to rock your socks off with drinks and dancing.

These options all sound like an excellent way to ring in the New Year, but we here at Post Somerville tend to prefer events of the cheap or free variety.  Here’s a rundown of some of the options:

Sally’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party at Sally O’Brien’s

6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

$10 gets you some champagne and hors d’oeuvres, as well as the opportunity to hear singer-songwriter Les Sampou and indie rockers The Sarcasmatics.

Jason Anderson & Strand of Oaks at PA’s Lounge

8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

$10 gets you in the door for what is sure to be a fun show.  The theme is “Dress to Impress” — Jason Anderson is encouraging attendees to think of it as prom (in a good way).

New Year’s Respite at Old Magoun’s Saloon

No cover, no frills, and definitely no champagne toast.  Best part: they’re open until 2 a.m.  This is where you should go if you don’t feel like celebrating the New Year.

Saturday, Jan. 1

Grand Union Flag Raising, City Hall to Prospect Hill Park

11:30 a.m.

Come commemorate the 235th anniversary of the first official national flag being raised on Prospect Hill by joining “General George Washington” as he makes his way on horseback to the site from City Hall.

Washington is expected to depart from the City Hall at 11:30 a.m.; the flag raising is scheduled for 12 p.m.  In addition to the procession, there will be entertainment in the form of songs, readings and appearances from the Charlestown militia and participants from the Ancient and Honorable Company, which was first chartered in 1638.

There will be light refreshments, as well as tri-corner hats, books about Somerville’s history and mini replicas of the Grand Union flag for sale.

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margery December 31, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Any events that don’t involve drinking?

Ron Newman January 9, 2011 at 11:25 PM

The last event listed involved drinking only coffee and (non-alcoholic) cider.

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