New Year’s Eve Bash to raise funds for museum

Jessica Johnson Staff reporter

December 26, 2013

The annual New Year’s Eve Party at Old North State Winery is proving to be more popular each year, Matthew Edwards, executive director of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, said. He added that each year has been a sell-out and this year is expected to carry on that trend, with ticket sales already up from previous years.

The event is in it’s fourth year and tickets cost $25 each, which includes a champagne toast at the strike of midnight, live music, and party favors.

Joel Woodson with Old North State Winery described the night’s featured band, Walrus, as an “all-around variety band,” playing hits from across decades — oldies, rhythm and blues, alternative, eighties music, soul, and more. “The important thing was we wanted to get a band who would really cater to the diverse tastes of the crowd we have on New Year’s,” Woodson explained.

Edwards said the New Year’s Eve party was originally planned to continue the success from the Boo Bash, which is still held each year for Halloween. “It’s a great way for Old North State Winery to give back to the community,” Edwards added.

Proceeds from the event will go to the museum, a “win-win situation” and a great way for the museum to raise money to sustain them through the “lean winter months,” Edwards said. The money will go into a general operating fund, which is “incredibly important” for the winter months during the first quarter of the year, until the more active spring and summer months come along . “We are very seasonal like most of the tourism-related businesses in the community, so this is an important event for us,” Edwards said.

“I think people are really going to be impressed with the music. The winery is bringing in new and different bands from all around, and Walrus is one of them. Everyone needs to plan to get their tickets early and be prepared to dance and have a great time,” Edwards said.

The New Year’s Eve event is sponsored by B&L Custom Jewelers, SBT Insurance, Surrey Bank, Sumner and Sumner Dentistry, PTC, and Old North State Winery.

The party begins at 9 p.m. and will run though 1 a.m. Tickets are available at the Old North State Winery or the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. Call 786-4478 for more information.