Baker City celebrates the New Year


screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-9-48-32-amBAKER CITY — Break out your fanciest clothes to ring in the new year — or just come as you are and celebrate the coming of 2017 at the New Year’s Eve Black Tie event hosted by Lefty’s Taphouse, 1934 Broadway St.

“Just come — they don’t have to dress up, but that’s the theme,” Julie Stout said.

Reservations are not necessary, and there is no cover charge. Food and drinks will be available for purchase — D&J Tacos will be on site serving up tacos, nachos and burritos, and Lefty’s has 31 taps featuring beers from all over the world, plus ciders and wine.

The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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Geiser Grand

If you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve staying up until midnight, sign up for the “Step Back in Time” tour at the Geiser Grand Hotel, which happens at 3:30 p.m. every Saturday. The cost is $2, and advance reservations are required.

For the tour, a costumed docent (shown above) leads the group throughout the hotel, sharing stories of the building’s history as well as the town. The tour goes through several floors of the hotel, including a visit to one of the rooms and down to the cellar. Tales of the hotel’s ghostly presence are shared throughout the one-hour tour — and it’s up to the visitors on what to believe.

As for the evening’s activities at the hotel, New Year’s Eve features lobsters “live from Maine.” The next day, Jan. 1, features the annual Bloody Mary Brunch.

Also, the weekly horse-drawn sleigh ride begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets are required; cost is $24.

Veterans Memorial Club

The Bret Welty Band will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve at the VFW, 2005
Valley Ave.

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