Anyone who wants to ring in the new year with music, dancing and good food and drink will find no shortage of options in the Milford area as the clock ticks down to the end of 2009 on Thursday night.


Anyone who wants to ring in the new year with music, dancing and good food and drink will find no shortage of options in the Milford area as the clock ticks down to the end of 2009 on Thursday night.

Some of the familiar options in town won’t be there this year — both the Carlisle Fire Co. and St. John’s Catholic Church, which usually host New Year’s Eve parties in their meeting halls, will be dark this year after their 2008 parties fell through for lack of attendance. But other groups and businesses are picking up the slack.

The Milford Elks will host their annual New Year’s party starting at about 9 p.m. The main attraction will be the Virginia-based rock/blues band Triple Shot, who will play until 1 a.m.

The Elks will serve hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be open throughout the evening.
“If people want a full meal, they should eat beforehand,” Exalted Ruler Ken Dabog said. “We’re going for a party atmosphere – just light refreshments and drinks to go with the music.”

For more information on the party or to reserve tickets, call 424-2401. Tickets cost $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

In Farmington, the ladies’ auxiliary of the Farmington Fire Co. will host a dance at the fire hall, at 20920 S. Dupont Hwy. It will run 9 p.m.-1 a.m., with music from DJ High Velocity. Refreshments include a cash bar and light appetizers. Guests can bring their own food, but no outside drinks.
Tickets are $15 each or $25 for a couple. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 222-0754 or email ckiemnstr79@aol.com.

Abbott’s Grill, in Milford’s Riverwalk Shopping Center, hopes to bring in both partygoers and people who want a sit-down meal for the night.

“We’ll have our whole menu to serve until 10:30, so if you want a full dinner you can come in for that, or you can just go for drinks and dancing,” said Meghan Clendaniel, the restaurant’s marketing director.

Fuzzbox Piranha, a Maryland-based classic and modern rock band, will play from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., with no cover charge. For reservations, call the restaurant at 519-1519.

Park Place, in downtown Milford, will host a dance party all night with DJ Big Al handling the music, along with a possible appearance from local radio stations and a champagne toast at midnight to ring in 2010. Admission costs $15 at the door.