More on New Year’s Eve….

31 12 2008

One station does a story on how places are struggling and another does a story on how everything’s ok.  Last night, WLAJ did this story on how places are targeting a little older for New Year’s.

Some local entertainment venues are finding success this New Year’s Eve… but often only with a certain audience.

Local hot spots have found the audience that is willing to spend for entertainment, even in this recession. The age sweet spot is somewhere between 25 and 45. 

“Occasionally we’ll see some older clientele come in, but the bulk of what we’re marketing for is that younger group… who seems to come out, not really afraid of what the current economy situation looks like,” says Patrick Wisema, manager at Club X-Cel in Lansing.

Eh.  Who cares.  Found out I’m not going out at all.  Barley’s is closing at 10 PM tonight.  10 PM!  On New Year’s!  Things must really be bad if bars are closing early.  So, J and I will spend New Year’s watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve in the right time zone for the first time ever.  In the Central time zone, they play it live so the ball drops at 11:00 and then we’d turn to a Chicago station for a countdown to Midnight….this year, midnight in New York will actually be our Midnight…yay!





New Years Eve Plans?

30 12 2008

Ugh.  It’s that time of year again.  I’ve never understood why people actually go out on New Year’s.  I usually spend it just like I do any other night.  No crowded bars for me.  Last year, J and I played Trivial Pursuit while watching Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve.  I can’t even remember how I spent the year before that.  J has to work until 11:30 this year and it looks like we’ll probably stop in to Barley’s for a couple beers.

It looks like we’re not the only ones planning a low key New Year’s this year.  I found this story on WILX pretty interesting. 

As the ball drops this year, fewer people will be ringing in the New Year at a prime-time party.

“Our ticket sales are about half what they have been the past four years at this time,” says Dave Sheets, who owns Lansing’s Cadillac Club. “Normally by now we’re pretty much sold-out but now we’ve got a few hundred tickets left.”

For years, Sheets has been hosting what he calls a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza–a sold-out soiree that, this year, is slumping. Sheets blames the economy for slow sales.

I never got these big parties that you paid $100+ for.  Why do you want to spend your New Year’s Eve with strangers making small talk.  That sounds like something my grandparents did in the 1940’s…not something that people would do today.  I’m guessing this may be the end of these big New Year’s Parties.  It’s not a tradition that I’ll be sorry that goes, but there are better ways to spend your hard earned money than on some mass prepared meal, some cheap booze, and swing music.  I feel bad for the places that count on these shindigs like the Cadillac Club and The Radisson, but it seems like an outdated tradition.





Press Release – Holiday’s at the Cadillac Club

10 11 2008

From an e-mail….

Open for THANKSGIVING 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cadillac Club’s Sumptuous Pink Cadillac Turkey Day Buffet! . Our 5th Annual Thanksgiving FEAST Only $19.95 plus Gratuity

December 11th or 18th THURSDAYS – Book your Office Group or Family CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
One Price Includes Dinner & Entertainment Live Dinner Entertainment 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dancing from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Space Limited – Book Soon! or Simply Join us for Dinner – $22 per person, plus Gratuity Includes Salad, Entrée, Soft Drink and Live Music

NEW YEARS EVE EXTRAVAGANZA – 2 Bands & ELVIS! Yellow Submarines playing in the Main Dining Room (Oldies & Beatles) & Old Town Blues Band playing in the DeVille Room ELVIS will Perform 2 Sets (a.k.a. Steve Hunt) Includes Party Favors & Sumptuous Vegas Style Buffet 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. $50 before December 10th or $60 after Purchase Tickets Early for Best Seating

NEW YEARS EVE EARLY BIRDS – Vegas Style Buffet 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. $18.95 plus gratuity ELVIS performing 2 sets for your Enjoyment CLICK to WEBSITE