FORT KENT, Maine — For the first time in their history, two local service clubs are joining forces to ring in the new year, and everyone is invited to the party.
The Fort Kent Lions Club/Knights of Columbus New Year’s Eve Bash will kick off at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Fort Kent Knights of Columbus Hall with appetizers, a cash bar and live rock ’n’ roll music by Lions band Boomer-ang.
The $20-per-person admission price includes a chicken stew meal as the clock ticks down the final moments of 2011.
“People can come and dance for four hours or just socialize,” said Marc Chasse, a Fort Kent Lions Club member. “We really want to see this turn into a big annual event.”
About 30 years ago it was a big event, Chasse said, recalling the days when tickets to the Lions’ New Year’s Eve ball went on sale the day after Christmas and were sold out by noon the same day.
“We’d like to bring that enthusiasm back,” he said.
Along with the cash bar, organizers are offering free soda to any designated drivers attending the event.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit community projects sponsored by the Lions and Knights of Columbus.
Tickets are available from Nadeaus’ House of Furniture in Fort Kent or from Grand Knight Warren Harvey.