What Are You Doing on NYE?

  |  December 29, 2014

Have you made your plans yet? There’s certainly no shortage of places to be on Wednesday night, when we make the switch from 2014 into 2015. You could join the throngs in uptown Kingston at the 3rd annual NYE celebration. This year’s theme is Old-Fashioned Cirkus and Freak Show, so dust off the clown makeup and top hats and watch the ball drop at midnight (get your tickets here and do it quick; we hear they’re selling out). Or, you could head into the Catskills and ring in the new at Windham Mountain with the U2 cover band Joshua Tree. If family activities are more your style, go to Hunter Mountain, instead, for some skiing during the day and a fireworks display at night. Those who prefer to celebrate the more spiritual aspects of renewal and transition for the new year can take one of four yoga classes available on NYE at the Woodstock Yoga Center in Woodstock village. There’s even a midnight meditation session that night starting at 10:30pm.

“But what are you doing on NYE,” you ask? Most likely nothing. One of the reasons I live in a small town in upstate New York is because I gravitate toward calm. I don’t like competing for a bartender’s attention. I don’t like crowds. I don’t like shouting over music. I don’t like small talk. But more importantly, and not to sound too woo-woo about it, I’m actually looking forward to spending a night at home and getting up early enough to see the sunrise on New Year’s Day. There’s a luscious silence that accompanies the early morning on the first day of the year. While everybody else is sleeping off their hangover, I’ll be sipping coffee in the quiet morning light, looking at real estate listings, just like I do every day, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about.

Or, I might go to uptown Kingston and stay up until 3am. The new year is full of surprises, isn’t it?

About Kandy Harris

Kandy is a writer and musician/music teacher living in Saugerties, NY.

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