Local residents can ring in the new year with food and frivolity at several events taking place New Year's Eve at various locations.
The Fort Scott Elks Lodge, 111 W. 19th St., will be the site of a New Year's Eve party Monday night featuring music, food and drink, and will be open to members and guests, free of charge. Doors to the lodge will be open about 4 p.m. with festivities set to begin around 7 or 8 p.m., Elks spokeswoman Millie Lipscomb said.
Lipscomb said the kitchen will not be open, but members can bring snacks if they choose.
"All members are invited and they can bring snacks if they wish," she said. "There will be a full bar, as usual. Come ring in the new year."
There will not be a scheduled dance, but "people can dance if they want on the floor area near the kitchen," Lipscomb said.
Holmtown Pub, 204 N. National Ave., will host a New Year's Eve special dinner and party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. that will feature the Oklahoma-based band Six Guns South.
The $40 cover charge for two people will include two beef tip dinners, and champagne and party favors reserved for a midnight celebration.
James Wood, bartender at the establishment, said the band will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and the night's festivities are expected to end around 2 a.m.
Six Guns South, which performs a mix of blues, Southern rock, red dirt, classic rock, country and originals. The band played a special concert at the local pub this past spring with Artimus Pyle, the legendary drummer of famed rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The restaurant inside the Liberty Theatre, 113 S. Main St., will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Blue Orleans, the featured band for a New Year's Eve dance and party that night, will play from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Business Manager Jill Gray said Blue Orleans is a cover band from the Kansas City area.
"A friend of mine saw them in Kansas City and liked them," she said. "Everybody was dancing and having a good time."
The price for an adult ticket is $25 and will include dinner with owner Jim Smith's signature steaks, a pasta dish, fish and chicken and a champagne toast at midnight. Appetizers will be available, Gray said.
Events at Sharky's Pub and Grub, 16 N. National Ave., scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., will include DJ Mike with So Sick DJs out of the Kansas City area as the featured entertainment for a party and dance.
Tina Lipe, co-owner of the bar and grill, said the night will also include a balloon drop, champagne toast and party favors that will be passed out at midnight. Dinner for the event will feature "something different ... shrimp, maybe" from the restaurant's normal menu.
The night should wrap up about 1:30 a.m., Lipe said.