Chamber of commerce unveils New Year’s Eve celebration

Darrell Cole
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‘An evening of glamour and glitz’

The chamber of commerce is hosting an evening of glamour to kick off 2014.

Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce executive assistant Patti Colson (seated left), president Gladys Coish (seated right) and events committee chairwoman Edie Helm look over plans for the New Year’s Eve gala.

AMHERST – What a way to kick off the new year.

The Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce is busy preparing for its New Year’s gala on Dec. 31 that will also help launch the town’s 125th birthday celebrations.

“We’ve been working very hard on what should be an exciting night and it’s really coming together,” chamber president Gladys Coish said. “It’s going to be a great to celebrate the year that was 2013 and to help usher in 2014, which is Amherst’s 125th birthday as a town.”

The doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall with a meet and greet, followed by dinner at 8 p.m. and dance with the music of Freefall from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. There will be party favours and snacks to help usher in 2014, while Showcase Productions’ members will be on hand in period costume from 1889 when Amherst was incorporated as a town.

Showcase Productions will also be putting on a surprise performance to help launch Amherst 125 – a year of celebrations within the town.

“For $50 a person you really can’t get a better night of entertainment to help celebrate the new year,” chamber executive assistant Patti Colson said. “We’re also going to have a number of taxis on standby from D&J Taxi to make sure everyone gets home safely.”

The décor, Colson said, will be a night of glamour and glitz.

Coish is hoping the event will be a success so it could become a signature event for the chamber. She would like to see the gala become an annual event to help celebrate the new year.

“People don’t have to go to Moncton or Halifax to celebrate the new year and they don’t have to stay home. They can come to the Knights of Columbus Hall and help us say good bye to 2013 and hello to 2014,” Coish said.

Tickets can be purchased at Damaaris Spa and Wellness Centre, CFTA-Tantramar Radio, Bordertown Flowers and Gifts, Buds to Blossoms and at the chamber office.

The chamber is organizing the event in concert with the Town of Amherst, which has provided $2,500 as part of its 125 celebrations. The town will also be providing a number of in-kind services.

Amherst will join with the Sergeant’s Mess at the Col. James Layton Ralston Armoury on Jan. 1 to officially begin the birthday celebrations with its New Year’s levee.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Area Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: AMHERST, Moncton, Halifax

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