Celebrate at the Historic Casino San Clemente with Jumping Jack Flash
New Year’s Eve was first celebrated in Times Square in 1904 with a fireworks show at midnight. This year, The Big Ball will make its way down the pole in all of it’s 6-ton, 12-foot glory covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles illuminated by 32,256 LEDs.
You could travel across the country and spend New Year’s Eve on Times Square, crushed in the crowd, risking East Coast Winter weather, or you could take a short drive downtown to the Historic San Clemente Casino and celebrate with your friends in comfort and style at the San Clemente Rotary Gala.
Doors open at 7:00 pm for a complimentary champagne reception, dancing, a no-host bar and Vegas style gaming. There are many New Year’s superstitions around money and good fortune. Step right up and get your luck flowing for 2016.
Dinner will be served at 7:30 pm. There are many New Year’s food rituals that range from eating grapes and herring to black-eyed peas and greens. These traditions hang on a belief that what you eat at the new year will influence your bounty all year. If complimentary champagne and a feast catered by the very chic Iva Lee’s Restaurant sound like a good omen for a year of great eating and drinking, you are going to want to be at this party!
Not a night owl? Need to get home early to relieve the baby sitter? Enjoy the reception, gaming, dinner, dancing, no-host cash bar. Then kiss, sing and enjoy your complimentary champagne toasts and party favors with the Times Square ball drop at 9:00 pm.
A word about the romantic New Year’s kiss! Story has it that those kisses not only celebrate the moment with those dear to us but ensure love and affection in the coming year.
For those who prefer a later start, Rotary is offering tickets to join the party at 9:15 for gaming, hors d’oeuvres by Iva Lee, the no-host bar and an amazing performance by the ever popular Jumping Jack Flash, a Rolling Stones tribute band that features music from 50 years of Stones concerts.
Of course, there is another opportunity for singing, kissing and complimentary champagne toasts at the midnight San Clemente ball drop. Party favors and noise makers will be provided. Making as much noise as possible at midnight is thought to scare away any trouble that thinks it can hang around for 2016.
Music and dancing will continue until 1:00 am. That leaves plenty of time to visit the special Photo Booth and take home a memory of possibly the best New Year’s Eve you ever had.
Auld Lang Syne has been the sound track for New Year’s Eve since the mid-19th century. Written by poet Robert Burns, it is about the love and kindness of days gone by and celebrates the belonging and fellowship we will take into the future.
This is an appropriate sentiment for our Rotary celebration. While you are feasting and gaming, dancing, smooching and singing, you will be painlessly supporting Family Assistance Ministries in their cutting-edge work to eliminate homelessness. Several other Rotary supported non-profits will also benefit from your attendance at this event. Why not gather with your San Clemente neighbors and friends as we usher out 2015 and march into 2016 together, prosperous and generous, well fed and loved.
People will be talking about this event. Be one of them!
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The primary beneficiary is Family Assistance Ministries (FAM).
Other beneficiaries are charities of the San Clemente Rotary Club Foundation.